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Pioneering Duo Orbital Call It Quits, Hanging Up Iconic Torches For Good

Pioneering electronic duo Orbital, which consists of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnol, have announced they are calling it day (again) after a career that has lasted some 25 years.

Duo split up in 2004 but made a triumphant return with their last album, 2009’s ‘Wonky’, which saw the duo embark on another mammoth live tour culminating with a performance opening of the Paralympics with Professor Stephen Hawking on vocals.

Today’s announcement came via the duo’s website, “We’ve had our ups and downs, and it’s not always been easy, but I’ve loved my time with Orbital,” says Paul Hartnoll. “It’s been brilliant that we’ve been able to take our music to so many places, from local clubs to headlining Glastonbury to playing massive events across America, Australia, Japan… It’s been fantastic.

“It was particularly nice to get such a lovely reception when we got back together a few years ago. We made the Wonky album specifically to play live and these shows over the past few years have been a real high point in many ways. The shows and the audiences have been amazing.

“But nothing lasts forever and it’s time to stop. Since finishing the soundtrack with Flood & PJ Harvey for the BBC One television show Peaky Blinders, I’ve now got my own new project, ‘8:58’ which I’m really excited about. It’s a continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh, mixed with the best of what I’ve put into Orbital. Expect some live shows soon where I will be playing a mixture of my new music alongside my Orbital favorites.”

Phil Hartnol will continue to play DJ sets, “I am really enjoying playing a mixture of my own exclusive Orbital remixes mixed with some great new dancefloor tracks. I have also been discovering so much talent along the way and look forward to potential collaborations. Orbital has been fantastic, but like the Bond movie – “Never Say Never Again”.