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The xx – FIRST SHOW IN NEW ZEALAND IN 8 YEARS

The Trusts Arena. Thursday 11th January 2018.

Tickets Through Ticketek.

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 ground-breaking 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 ?????)

Tickets go on general sale Friday August 25th at 10am.

Don’t miss out. Magic will happen.

The xx

The Trusts Arena, Auckland. Thursday 11th January. All Ages.

The xx FAN CLUB PRE-SALE via thexx.info/tour
Begins: Monday 21 Aug (12pm noon NZ)
Ends: Thursday 24 Aug (10pm NZ)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 25 Aug (10am NZ)

TICKETS THROUGH TICKETEK.CO.NZ

The xx have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Visit plus1.org for more information on the organisation.

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