Comeback concerts … the xx announce London dates. Photograph: Katherine Rose
The xx will warm up for their summer comeback with three intimate gigs in London. Ahead of performances at Bestival, Primavera and Heineken’s Open’er festival, the Mercury prize winners play concerts in Islington, Clapton and Battersea, plus a pair of appearances in France.
The band’s latest songs will be unveiled for the first time at Electrowerkz in north London on 14 May. Further concerts at two intimate venues – Clapton’s Chats Palace and the Battersea Arts Centre – may or may not prepare the xx for Primavera, two weeks later: the Barcelona festival expects attendance of more than 100,000 people.
To earn a ticket to one of the xx’s London gigs, fans must apply via a lottery on the band’s website. The winners will be permitted to buy up to four tickets for one concert, for £19.50 each. Entries will close on 9 May.
The xx have been even quieter than usual over the past year, working on the follow-up to their acclaimed debut.
Despite launching a dedicated website for their new LP, the band have shared little on it besides some of their favourite videos by other bands. In March, they posted a photograph of a curtain. So far, the only new music sample they have made available is Open Eyes, a demo released in December.
In addition to winning the 2009 Mercury prize, the xx’s self-titled LP was named the Guardian’s album of the year, and won our First Album award. It has sold more than 400,000 copies in the UK.
The xx’s summer touring schedule is as follows:
05-14 London, England – Electrowerkz
05-15 London, England – Chats Palace
05-18 London, England – Battersea Arts Centre
05-29 Bordeaux, France – Le Rocher De Palmer
05-30 Toulouse, France – Le Phare
05-31 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-08 Turin, Italy – Traffic festival
06-09 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Sound
06-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside festival
06-16 Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred festival
06-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane festival
06-23 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside festival
06-27 Haervic, Norway – Hove Festival
06-29 Arras, France – Main Square festival
06-30 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-07 Gdynia, Poland – Heineken Open’er festival
07-14 Joensuu, Finland – Ilosaarirock festival
08-09 Sibinek, Croatia – Terraneo festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands festival