The xx confirm Australian tour 2013


UK trio The xx have made good on their promise to return to Australia in the new year.

The band made a whistlestop visit in July, playing two intimate balloted shows at Melbourne’s The Forum and Sydney’s Metro. Those shows sold out immediately, with promoters Handsome promising that plans were underway for a larger return in 2013.

While no dates have been set as yet, The xx confirmed on Facebook tonight they’re returning for shows in spring (we assume they mean our autumn – Groovin’ The Moo?). “We loved our recent trip to Australia and we’re looking forward to be returning for more shows,” they posted, along with a holiday snap. The band also thanked fans for their “overwhelming support” for new album Coexist.

In an interview with FL during their last Australian visit, band member Oliver Sim said the album was heavily inspired by dance music. “It’s something all three of us can appreciate,” he said. “The other two [Romy Madley Croft and Jamie xx] DJ a lot, but I have no ambition to DJ but enjoy being on the other side and enjoying the music. So I followed them around a lot last summer to their gigs.

“I think London right now I think it’s the most inspiring place to be for dance music. I find it very hard to keep up, it’s forever moving, evolving every day. What was 2-step and garage became dubstep, post-dubstep became really housey, and now it seems like really dark techno. I find it’s really cool and I kind of just appreciate it song by song. Jamie is really good at keeping his ear to the ground and keeping up with what’s going on.