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The band make live return ahead of much-anticipated new album

The xx are set to make a live return with three dates in London this month.

Tickets are being allocated through a special lottery system on the band’s website.

The xx will play:

London Electrowerkz (May 14)
London Chats Palace (15)
London Battersea Arts Centre (18)

The band are currently working on the follow-up to to their Mercury Prize-winning debut.

In December the band posted a demo of a new song titled ‘Open Eyes’ on their blog.

The track followed the trio’s announcement in November that they had started recording new material. Jamie xx has hinted that “club music” had been an influence on the new record.

The band will hit the festival circuit this summer, having been lined up for Primavera Sound 2012, where they’ll be joined by the likes of Bjork, Spiritualized and The Drums. They will also play Bestival along with The Horrors, Two Door Cinema Club and Azealia Banks.

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