The xx at The Trusts Arena
Thursday 11 January 2018
Tickets available from thexx.info/tour
FIRST SHOW IN NEW ZEALAND IN 8 YEARS.
This is an all-ages show with a licensed bar available for over 18’s.
It’s a long anticipated and hugely welcome return for The xx who last played in New Zealand in 2010. The xx are coming back as a band who have now taken their place alongside the all-time greats, performing in the area where the alternative meets the electronic to produce what, for many people, is simply perfect atmospheric pop for today.
Eight years ago The xx recalibrated the musical landscape with their groundbreaking debut release xx. Its distinctive style became the most critically acclaimed release of the year. Featuring crowd favourites ‘Intro’, ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Shelter’, xx won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2010 for best album of the year.
Fast forward to 2017 and The xx are one of the most in demand bands on the planet, selling out arenas in Europe and the USA and headlining festivals around the world. Just last week their new album I See You was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize and it’s in this synchronistic moment that The xx announce their return to New Zealand!
The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. The London based trio are touring at an all-time high following the January release of I See You - universally lauded as the band’s biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. The xx launched their new album with a record-breaking seven consecutive sold out nights to 35,000 people in their hometown at the legendary and iconic venue Brixton Academy.
‘Britain’s most influential modern band set the Brixton Academy alight..... No act has captured the musical zeitgeist of the past few years quite like The xx.’
(The Telegraph, UK ★★★★★)
‘There's really no comparisons to The xx. And if you don't get it, see them live. You'll get it.’ (Music News)
‘The xx are truly magical beings.’ (Reverb)
The xx have now released three hugely acclaimed albums to date - the Mercury Prize winning debut xx and its follow up, Coexist in 2012. Since the release of Coexist, Jamie xx’s debut solo album, 2015’s In Colour went on to become one of the year’s most successful electronic records. The xx’s new album I See You has scaled yet further heights with unanimous praise for the band’s even richer and wider tableau of technicolour sounds and absolute mastery of their craft. ‘Dangerous’, ‘Say Something Loving’, ‘On Hold’
“I See You pulls off the feat of managing to sound both exactly like The xx and unlike anything they have done before.” (The Guardian ★★★★)
“It’s the sound of The xx moving out of their natural habitat – the shadows – and towards the more experimental, wide-ranging palette that producer Jamie ‘xx’ Smith painted… The future looks bright” (Rolling Stone ★★★★)
“The xx come at us with a fresh new sound but, more than ever, their music has less to do with chromosomes and delivers two gentle kisses onto the listeners cheeks.” (The Music)
Solid Entertainment are thrilled to bring you the musical treat that is the majestic power of The xx, one of the most magnetic, mesmerising and compulsive shows you will ever see.
Tickets go onsale on Friday August 25th at 10am. Don’t miss out. Magic will happen.
Jamie’s remix of On Hold is now live, listen here http://xxe.ht/horj-ty
The Trusts Arena
65-67 Central Park Drive, 0610 Auckland, New Zealand