Fresh from playing to a packed amphitheatre as Splendour In The Grass headliners, Frontier Touring, Handsome Tours and triple j are thrilled to announce that British indie trio The xx will return to Australia in 2018 for an East Coast headline tour.
The xx will treat audiences to their unique dreamy sound in stunning outdoor venues in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney next January, joined at all shows by special guests Kelela and Earl Sweatshirt.
The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. Their latest Mecury prize nominated release I See You (out now through Young Turks) incorporates all three members' talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied. 'Performance' and 'Brave For You' echo the classic The xx sound with 'Dangerous', 'Say Something Loving' and 'On Hold' allowing producer and DJ Smith (AKA Jamie xx) take more control of proceedings than previously. Icy synthesisers meld with distorted guitars, creating an advanced electro-pop experiment mixed with indie rock and R&B.
Supporting The xx at all shows as a very special guest will be American, singer-songwriter Kelela. Her 2013 debut mixtape Cut 4 Me is one of the most distinctive sounds in dance music, a mutable hybrid of house, electro, R&B and hip hop. Kelela continued to produce hits 'Rewind' and 'All The Way Down' on follow-up EP Hallucinogen. The electro-influenced soul-singer's highly-anticipated debut studio album Take Me Apart is set for release this October (through Warp), listen to first single 'LMK' here.
Also joining The xx as special guests will be LA DJ and rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Starting out in Tyler, The Creator's hip hop collective Odd Future, Sweatshirt released his debut studio album Doris in 2013, delivering a varied palette of emotions in tracks 'Chum', 'Hive' and 'Sunday'. 2015's follow-up I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside see's Sweatshirt remain confident, carefully whittling away at the provlivities he's always had in songs 'Grief', 'Huey' and 'Off Top'.
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