“I just want to live a simpler more wholesome life..."
Skegss founding member, bassist Toby Cregan, is departing from the band after playing a final show at Splendour In The Grass, the festival confirmed on social media.
On Friday, the band shared the announcement, “We’re sad to announce our best mate Tobes is leaving the band and we wish him nothing but luck and good times,” on Instagram.
The post continued, “We want to thank him endlessly for the pivotal role he played in the creation of Skegss, and the band as a whole in the last 10 years. We could never have done it without him and love him heaps.
"The tours and memories are endless, not to mention the friendship we’ve had in all that time. Keen to continue with new music and tours to be announced soon.”
Cregan, as well as vocalist and guitarist Ben Reed, drummer Jonny Lani and guitarist Noa Deane (who left the band in 2015), formed the band in 2014.
Cregan said in his own separate statement, “I have been so lucky to have been in [Skegss] for about 10 years and I have had some of the best times of my life and made friendships that will remain forever. It has been probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make but Splendour this year will be my last show with the band.”
He added, “I just want to live a simpler more wholesome life where I can spend more time with family, friends and my dog. I am so grateful for everyone I have worked with over the years on this and to everyone who has ever made it out to a gig. Love ya’s and can’t wait for the rest of the shows from now up until July.”
Skegss picked up their first-ever ARIA #1 album with their second release, Rehearsal, in April 2021.
“Well this is pretty cool! Was not expecting it, thanks so much!! Day for it,” Reed said in a statement.
ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd added: “Congratulations to Skegss on getting their first #1 album with Rehearsal! Their good time energy is exactly what we need right now and doubly good that a Byron Bay group tops the chart this week.”