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The band will be making their return next month

The xx have announced a string of European and Japanese tour dates for winter 2016, hitting the road to launch their new album next month.

In an email to fans, the Mercury Prize-winning trio revealed that these shows will see them “testing out some of our new songs in places we don’t get to go to so often”. These will be their first live shows together in three years.

The band also shared a playlist of music that they’ve been listening to while making their third album, and the following photo from the studio:

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The xx’s full list of upcoming tour dates are below, with a pre-sale for the European and Japan shows beginning on Tuesday 18 October.

NOVEMBER 2016
28 Zagreb, Croatia – Bocarski Dom
29 Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
30 Poznan, Poland – Hala Nr 2 MTP
DECEMBER 2016
01 Warsaw, Poland – Nowy Teatr
03 Vilnius, Lithuania – Compensa Arena
06 Tokyo, Japan – Toyosu PIT
MARCH 2017
23 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
24 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
25 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
25 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
26 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
31 San Isidro, Argentina – Lollapalooza
APRIL 2017
01 San Isidro, Argentina – Lollapalooza
01 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
02 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza

The xx revealed that they’d ‘hibernated to the studio’ last year, having said that the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’ is ‘completely different’ – after working on the record in Texas and Iceland with producer Rodaidh McDonald.