The xx announce first gigs in three years

Band will perform at a trio of festivals in the spring

The xx have announced their first live shows in three years.

The band will play at three Lollapalooza festivals in South America next spring, joining a bumper lineup that also includes The Strokes, The Weeknd, The 1975, Metallica and Tove Lo.

The xx are confirmed for Lollapalooza Brazil, which will take place from March 25-26, Lollapalooza Argentina, which will follow from March 31-April 1, and Lollapalooza Chile, which will round off the trio of festivals on April 1-2. More information can be found on the Lollapalooza website

Though nothing has been announced yet, the band are expected to release their long-awaited follow-up to second album ‘Coexist’ this year. Last year, Annie Mac asked the band during a Radio 1 interview if new music would be coming in 2016, and reported that band member Romy Madley Croft nodded her head in response.

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Back in 2014, The xx revealed that third album recording sessions were taking place in Texas.

Croft had previously said of the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’: “We don’t find it easy as a band to write on tour, so we haven’t got much done yet with new songs because we’ve been touring ‘Coexist’ so much. We’re looking forward to having time off to be creative again. But we’re definitely feeling inspired and ready to go. We played a lot of big stages on tour in the past year, and that’s something I’m sure will come through in the next album.”

Meanwhile, Jamie xx has said of the band’s creative process: “We learned so much from making ‘Coexist’. The first album was basically just us putting together everything we’d released at that point, and we had more control in how we wanted an album to sound overall on ‘Coexist’. That’s something we’ll try again, however the new one ends up sounding.”