It’s the end of an era for pop punk fans across the UK as You Me At Six announce they are splitting after two decades of performing.
On X, the official account tweeted: ‘2005-2025 This is the end. Thank you for being the heartbeat of this band.’
Forming in 2005 in Weybridge, Surrey, You Me At Six found success with their debut album Take Off Your Colours four years later.
Their final live shows will take place in 2024 and 2025 when they embark on a farewell world tour filled with rock and punk hits to say goodbye to fans.
Lead singer Josh, 33, said: ‘When we started YMAS we were kids. We only ever wanted longevity, to travel and to experience life as a group of friends.
You Me At Six announced the end of the band with a dramatic video (Picture: Instagram / You Me At Six)
‘We feel like on the eve of our 20th anniversary as a band, now is a good time to call time. We’re in a fortunate position where our fans still want to see us live and come celebrate the life of this band.
‘So that is what we will do for 2024 and 2025. We can’t wait to see our fans on the road.’
Devastated fans replied with crying emojis and shocked ‘What?’ responses, as X user Molly Keeling added: ‘Well that’s my day ruined.’
A wistful Luke Wood replied: ’20 years is a good run. Just wish it didn’t have to end. My favourite band. I’ve seen you so many times. Hopefully get one more time before it’s over.’
On their Instagram announcement, the band posted a video montage filled with highlights from You Me At Six’s long career.
The group’s members can be seen walking in a cemetery, dressed in black, as they arrive by the side of a grave to say ‘goodbye’.
The video shows the group in a graveyard as they prepare to bid farewell after 20 years (Picture: Instagram / You Me At Six)
In a voiceover, Josh said: ‘Time. Something we never have enough of but always need more of. Sometimes it goes by slowly.
‘Sometimes it goes by fast. Some things are over quickly and some were built to last.
‘Twenty years in the making, beyond our wildest dreams. Trips around the sun, we’ve lost count, one more for memories.
People love stories with endings, page after page, year after year. We’ll give you a final chapter, because we’ve climbed our Everest, we’ve faced our fears.’
Looking down at a grave he reads from a book and adds: ‘It’s time. Time for the finish line, it’s time for goodbye.’
The band members watch as a VI symbol – number six in roman numerals, and the title of the band’s 2018 album – goes up in flames in front of them.
Fans have been devastated by the news (Picture: Instagram / You Me At Six)
The video ends as the band’s name pops on to the screen alongside the dates 2005-2025.
A link on their website takes viewers to a page that shows a VI symbol in a coffin where users can sign up for information about the final dates.
The band’s highest charting song in the UK was Lived A Lie, which peaked at number 11 in 2013, according to the Official Charts Company.
The group have also had two number one albums – Cavalier Youth in 2014 and Suckapunch in 2021.
The band are performing across England and Scotland in February in cities including Bristol, Norwich and Aberdeen.
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