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The xx hint new music could be arriving soon

The xx Romy Madley Croft
Their last album 'I See You' was released in 2017

The xx appear to be teaming up with Raf Simons for a new clothing collaboration

The xx Raif Simons
Belgian fashion designer has worked with the band previously

The 1975 and The xx sign up for emergency climate change campaign – “It’s time we turned up the volume”

Matt Healy and The xx's Romy Croft
The 1975 and The xx have signed up to assist an emergency climate change campaign. Read more: The 1975 and Greta Thunberg call for ‘civil disobedience’ against climate change in shock first taste of new album – read the full lyrics here Music industry collective Music Declares Emergency (MDE) has amassed 2,000 signatories to its declaration of a climate and ecological emergency, since it was launched...

The xx look back on Baria Qureshi leaving the band

The xx have spoken about the departure of their former bandmate Baria Qureshi, as they mark 10 years of their debut album. The band were speaking to Matt Wilkinson for Beats 1 as they looked back on a decade of their seminal and Mercury-winning self-titled 2009 album. By the end of that year, the founding keyboardist and guitarist Qureshi had...

The xx give an update on their upcoming fourth album

The xx reveal they're working on the follow-up album to 2017's 'I See You'
The xx have spoken about working on the follow-up to 2017's 'I See You'. Read more: The xx’s Debut Album: Why It’s The Greatest Record Of Our Times Speaking to Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6 Music, bassist/vocalist Oliver Sim said that he had recently met up with guitarist/vocalist Romy Madley Croft and, separately, the band's beatmaker/producer Jamie xx to gather ideas for...

25 killer albums turning 10 in 2019

If 2008 was the year that saw some pop (Coldplay), rock (Kings Of Leon) and hip-hop (Lil Wayne) giants cement their place as the game's big hitters, 2009 will be remembered as the year where some vital fresh blood reared their head. From the storming debuts of The xx and Florence and The Machine to coming-of-age releases from Arctic Monkeys and...

10 years on, these 2009 indie classics still absolutely bang

Painful though it may be to admit, 2009 was now a full decade ago. You are, I’m afraid to say, officially old. The era of spray-on skinnies, those weird scarves that looked like dishcloth, and endless pints of snakebite is well and truly over. But, even a decade on, the indie bangers of 2009 still hold up as some of...

The Weeknd, Migos, Dua Lipa sets cancelled as Panorama Festival is evacuated

Inclement weather conditions at New York City's Panorama Music Festival have forced organisers to cancel the first day. Pitchfork reports that ticketholders were evacuated from the site today (July 27) and told that it would reopen tomorrow. Explore: NME's 2018 festival guides Festival staff stated in a push notification sent to attendees: “We are evacuating due to severe weather. Please exit the way...

Melt Festival Day 3: the xx celebrate Pride as they close German weekender

“How are you doing Melt Festival?” asks Parcels's ‘tache-sporting  guitarist Jules  Crommelin, as Sunday (July 15)  of the German music festival heats up. “Are you literally melting?," he says, like a man born to pun. "Because I am.”  Looking like they’ve strode off the set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, the Byron Bay-hailing five-piece - who now live...

The best band-curated festivals of 2018

best band-curated festivals 2018
It's not just The Cure's Robert Smith who's got his curating hat on this summer. The trend for artist-curated festivals keeps getting stronger and stronger, spanning genres and resulting in top line-ups of established faves and new discoveries. Here are the best festivals curated by bands so far this summer.