Frontman Mike Skinner – who has masterminded the rap group for over a decade – invited fans on stage for a farewell drink on Saturday night (26.11.11) when his set at ‘The Big Reunion’ festival in Skegness, Northern England, drew to a close.
Earlier this year, the 32-year-old musician announced he would be retiring the band after their fifth album, ‘Computers and Blues’ was released in order to concentrate on his new partnership, The Dot, with rocker Robert Harvey.
Last month, The Streets played their final show in London at the Relentless Freeze Festival, where Mike invited the crowd to “get naked and crowd surf”.
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He said: “It’s the very last time, the very last time in this city. I’m going to miss you. Please don’t anybody kill me. / I’m joking, I’m joking. Do you want to, like, go naked and crowd surf?”
Mike has previously admitted while he will miss touring with The Streets, he made the decision to end the project after 10 years because he had run out of fresh ideas.
He said: “I do really enjoy performing. Everyone’s got their job and it’s really nice to have a purpose. It’s much better than any holiday. It’s like a holiday with a purpose. It’s a working holiday. / I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I’ve always tried to do something different with each album. Some of my work has been amazingly received and some of it hasn’t been, and I’ve run out of new avenues.”