The xx: 'We're awful in daylight'

Romy Madley Croft has said that the band much prefer playing festival gigs at nighttime

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The xx's Romy Madley Croft has said that the band are "awful" when they have to play shows in daylight.

Speaking about how swiftly the band have moved up festival bills, from playing afternoon to evening slots, she commented: "…It's more pressure being high on the bill, our band is better suited to night. We're awful in daylight – there's a lot of bumping around and I feel so exposed. We put on a much better show in the dark. I feel more comfortable surrounded by lights and the smoke."

Madley Croft also told The Guardian about their recent shows in the United States, saying fans greeted them with One Direction-worthy screams. She said: "I feel like it's normal to see English people going crazy, but in the US it's a different kind of wild. There was a lot of screaming at a show we played in America recently and that wouldn't happen in England. I came off stage thinking: 'What band were they watching?' It shocked me, it was a proper One Direction scream!"

The xx recently moved the location of their outdoor summer gig in London after running into unplanned technical problems with the London Underground. The Night + Day show show was originally due to take place in Osterley Park on June 23 but will now take place the day before on June 22 at Hatfield House. Solange, Polica, Mount Kimbie and Kindness will support.

Of the shows Madley Croft said: "It's our party down to every little detail. We're considering everything from the atmosphere to the kind of food we want to the DJs we get to play. I'll be well prepared for my wedding after this."

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