ONE of Warrington’s biggest homegrown bands have decided to take a hiatus.

Slydigs, from Burtonwood, have said in a joint statement that they are going to take a break to freshen things up and pursue individual projects. But they are leaving fans with a parting gift as the four-piece have also announced they will be releasing an EP of songs recorded with producer Brendan Lynch, who has worked Paul Weller, Primal Scream and Ocean Colour Scene.

Former Warrington Music Festival headliners Slydigs are certainly leaving on a high as the rock and roll band were handpicked to tour America and Europe with The Who for their 50th anniversary celebrations.

They also headlined a show at the Parr Hall last year to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Warrington Music [WAM], a platform for grassroots artists.

In statement to fans, Slydigs said: “As artists we believe that there has to be a constant flow of change and without that life can sometimes become stale. We set out on this journey to reach as high as we possibly could and we achieved so much. We were proud to be the underdogs and our mission statement from the outset was, of course, never to be tamed.

“While we know that this news will be saddening for a lot of you, we still believe we have a lot more to give.

“We will be boarding our own, individual ships to head for new horizons and hope to meet up again someday. We are all still very much brothers and wish each other the best of luck in our alternative routes.

We would like to thank Trinifold Management for all the help and efforts in giving us the opportunity to travel around the world playing in front of thousands of you that have become long-standing fans.

“Also a huge shout out to Adrian Burns, International Talent Booking , X-ray Touring and Tommy Kennedy for their much-valued efforts and endeavours. We cannot thank enough, most importantly the fans we have picked up along the way. Without you, we wouldn’t have had the experiences of a lifetime that we have had so far.”