British band Clean Bandit announced last night that violinist Neil Milan is leaving the band. The violinist and pianist, who also goes by the name Neil Amin-Smith, broke the news around 5.30pm last night local time, saying simply: “Hello everyone, I’ve decided to leave Clean Bandit”.
hello everyone, I've decided to leave clean bandit. Here is a little thing I wrote, thankyou for everything pic.twitter.com/3HYbLTSvC9— Neil Milan (@neil_milan) October 19, 2016
In the longer attached note, he said the decision took him “a long time to reach but it is the right one”. He thanked fans, his managers and his friends, but notably band members Luke Patterson, Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto were not mentioned by name. However, he did “wish Clean Bandit all the luck” for the future.
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The band shared the news on Facebook and Twitter shortly after Neil broke the news, confirming that the performances of Tears over the Summer were Neil’s last shows with Clean Bandit. While they said they shared the news “with great sadness”, they were also optimistic about their upcoming shows and made it clear they would still be sharing new music.
It is with great sadness that we must announce that Neil has decided to leave Clean Bandit > https://t.co/9on2AoiX9W— Clean Bandit (@cleanbandit) October 19, 2016
Fans took to social media to share their shock and sadness at the news, with lots of posts wishing Amin luck for the future.
The band are best known for their hit track Rather Be, a collaboration with Jess Glyne, which was also a hit when it was performed by some very talented Young Post readers for our Live@YP series.