Orbital announce split

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 October 2014


Orbital have announced they have split for a second time and member Phil Hartnoll is going to release a solo album, entitled '8:58', next year

Orbital have announced they have split.

The dance duo - brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll - have stopped working together and decided to call time on their career for a second time after initially disbanding in 2004 before reforming in 2008.

Paul - who formed Orbital in 1989 with his sibling - said in a statement: "Orbital had stopped working properly. We had a great four years since getting back together in 2008, but it was time to move on."

Orbital's last album was 2012's 'Wonky' and the group got their name from Greater London's orbital motorway, the M25, which played a key role in the early rave scene and acid house movement in the South East of England in the late 1980s.

Following the split, Phil is now going to release a solo album, entitled '8:58', on February 16.

Speaking about the LP, Phil has revealed it is inspired by his fascination with time.

He said: "I've always had a thing for clocks and for time as a powerful force - but also the way it oppresses you.

"It's one of those things I keep coming back to. For me, '8:58' is a moment of choice. It's almost 9 o'clock. Are you going to school? Are you going to this job you hate? Everybody faces that decision now and again - 8:58am is when you've got to make up your mind."


They retired! And then they came out of retirement! The Hartnoll brothers don those little head torches again to rock the house with their techno anthems.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Wed 19 Dec

£28.80 / 01223 357851

Dreamland, Margate

Sat 28 Jul

£16.50–£44 / 01843 295887

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Sat 15 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 249 4300

With special guests.

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1. Mark McIver22 Oct 2014, 2:12pm Report

Sad news indeed… I count myself lucky to have seen a couple of their live shows!

Phil Hartnoll’s actually playing a special Orbital Classics set in Manchester next weekend for any of those who might be interested..?


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