Ed Simons is no longer doing Chemical Brothers live shows

Update, November 17: We initially reported that Simons would not be participating in the Chems’ show at Bugged Out Weekender next year.

However, as that is a DJ set, not a live show, both Brothers will be at the Bognor Regis event.

One half of the Chemicals takes a back seat.

Ed Simons has revealed he won’t be participating in The Chemical Brothers’ live shows in future due to his academic commitments.

The dance veteran announced his decision in an interview ahead of next January’s Bugged Out Weekender, where he and production partner Tom Rowlands will deliver a headline DJ set.

“I know Tom and Adam [Smith, the duo’s visual director] are working on a brand new look for the show,” said Simons. “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.”

He added: “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.”

The duo will still be DJing and making music together in the future, however: “We’re still very much together and making this record together and DJing together. The touring just doesn’t fit alongside my academic work.”

The Bugged Out Weekender kicks off on January 16, with Four Tet, Jackmaster, Skream, Daniel Avery and Mike Skinner also appearing on the line-up. [via Dummy]



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