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Ed Simons No Longer Playing Chemical Brothers Live Shows

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Hot off the press, Ed Simons has announced that he won’t performing future live shows as one half of the Chemical Brothers.  Fear not, the duo haven’t broken up with his decision to take a break due to academic commitments. Part of one of dance music’s most iconic outfits, Ed will still be taking to the decks for Chems upcoming DJ sets such as their much anticipated performance at next January’s Bugged Out Weekender.

Speaking in an interview ahead of the event Ed revealed the reasons behind the decision not to accompany long term collaborator Tom Rowland at future gigs explaining: “I know Tom and Adam [Smith, the duo’s visual director] are working on a brand new look for the show… I have committed to academic pursuits over the last few years so I won’t be able to be part of the live show. It’s been a really difficult decision but it doesn’t work for me to be away from home for the periods of time touring requires. Tom is continuing with the live show, he wants to take this music to the people.” Before going on to add “It will be the same big production, with Adam’s amazing visuals and the studio set up on stage but I won’t be part of it. The academic work I’m continuing with is too meaningful for me to break from right now.”

Fans will be pleased to know that their work will be seemingly unaffected by these developments: “We’re still very much together and making this record together and DJing together. The touring just doesn’t fit alongside my academic work.”

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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