Lighthouse Family have separated after almost 30 years together.
The musical duo consisted of singer Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker, both 53, who first formed in 1993 in Newcastle upon Tyne and went on to have hits such as “Lifted”, “High” and “Ocean Drive”.
But their musical journey is now over after Paul took to the band’s official Instagram page to tell fans that Tunde is stepping away from the band to focus on his solo projects.
Paul – who was due to appear at the Mouth of Tyne Festival in Tynemouth in July alongside Tunde – wrote: “So sad to let you know that after almost thirty years we have reached the end of our Lighthouse Family journey. From our little basement studio in Newcastle in 1993, it’s been an incredible journey beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you all for all your love and support over the years, we couldn’t have done it without you.
“I’m so sorry this means our main show at the Mouth Of The Tyne Festival on July 9th has now been cancelled. I’ve tried everything with our agents and promoters over the past few weeks to make it work, but we just couldn’t. just not “Tunde now wants to focus on his solo career and I wish him all the best. I would like to say sorry to the promoters and all of you who have tickets to this show and have been waiting for the past two years. I was really looking forward to seeing this show in my home town and playing our songs in this amazing place near the lighthouses that gave us our name. I am as disappointed as you. It breaks my heart to let you down.
The Mouth of the Tyne festival – which runs from July 8-10 this year – is organized by North Tyneside Council, with support from EQUANS, BBC Radio Newcastle and the Port of Tyne.
Festival organizers informed fans via social media in attendance that a new lead artist for the Saturday night slot was being booked and refunds were available on request.