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Chumbawamba announce split after 30 years together

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Chumbawamba have announced their split after 30 years together.

The alternative band - most famous for their 1997 worldwide hit 'Tubthumping' - confirmed the break-up on their official website.

Chumbawumba, Glastonbury Festival 2011

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"That's it then, it's the end. With neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion," a statement read.

"30 years of ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and Dada sound poetry, finally at an end."

They explained that the split was because the "rest of our lives got in the way and we couldn't commit the time and enthusiasm that the band demanded".

Their 14th studio album ABCDEFG was released in 2010, and was followed by the score to Phill Jupitus musical Big Society! earlier this year.

The band's statement added: "So, sometime before the end of our thirtieth year - 2012 - we'll play a few final times and then we'll hang up our guitars, trumpets and football rattles."

However, they did not rule out a possible comeback in the future, stating: "We do, of course, reserve the right to re-emerge as Chumbawamba doing something else entirely (certainly not touring and putting out albums every 2 or 3 years). But frankly, that's not very likely."

Chumbawamba were formed in Burnley in 1982 and had often promoted their anarchist political standpoint, while also being known for their views on animal rights, feminism and other issues.

Member Danbert Nobacon infamously poured a jug of water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards.

Watch the video for 'Tubthumping' below:

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