Musical duo Lighthouse Family – consisting of singer Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker – formed in 1993 and are best known for songs including High and Lifted.
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It was announced that the Lighthouse Family had split up after nearly 30 years together – just weeks before they celebrated their festival.
The duo – consisting of singer Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker, both 53 – formed the band in 1993 and are known for songs including High and Lifted.
But on social media it was announced that the group had disbanded, in which Paul said that his bandmate Tunde wanted to focus on solo projects instead.
He also apologized to fans, for the news comes just weeks before the Lighthouse Family is headlined Tyne’s Mouth Festival in Tynemouth next month.
He wrote in a message to fans on social media yesterday: “I am sad to inform you that after nearly thirty years, we have reached the end of our Lighthouse Family journey. “.
“Departing from our small basement studio in Newcastle in 1993, it was an incredible adventure beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you for all the love and support. you all these years. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you,” he added.
Paul later apologized for the impact of that, writing to fans: “I’m sorry this means our headline show at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival on July 9 is now over. Canceled.”
Paul continued in the recent post: “I’ve tried everything with our agents and promoters over the past few weeks to make this a success but we just can’t get through.”
He said: “Tunde now wants to focus on his solo career and I wish him all the best.” Paul added: “I would like to apologize to the promoters and to all of you who have had tickets to this show and have been waiting for the past two years.”
The keyboard player continued: “I’m really looking forward to this hometown performance and playing our songs in a wonderful place close to the lighthouses that made us famous.”
He ended the post by writing: “I’m just as disappointed as you. It breaks my heart to let you down.”
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The Mouth of the Tyne Festival – which runs from 8 to 10 July this year – is organized by North Tyneside Council, with support from EQUANS, BBC Radio Newcastle and Port of Tyne.
This year’s lineup includes Keane advertising on July 8, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor having the highest paying for the final day, July 10. The Lighthouse Family was in the headlines on July 9.
Festival organizers said on social media that they hope to announce a new featured artist for Saturday night and ensure that customers will be contacted about refunds.
In a statement, Carl Johnson, deputy mayor of North Tyneside, said those involved were “deeply disappointed” by the news of the Lighthouse Family’s disbandment.
He said: “We are extremely disappointed to learn that the Lighthouse Family are no longer performing together and will not be able to play their title spot at [the festival].
“Some sold-out spectators have kept their tickets during the pandemic, and like us, they’re looking forward to the show.
“However, the decision to withdraw from the show has been made by the band which has left us all bitterly disappointed.”
Mirror has approached Tunde for comment.
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