The xx’s Baria Qureshi quits band permanently

Guitarist leaves band due to 'personal differences'

The xx‘s Baria Qureshi has left the band and will not be replaced, band member Romy Madley Croft has revealed.

Guitarist/keyboard player Qureshi opted out of a recent gig at the London Village Underground and the band cancelled several European dates – now Croft has told NME.COM she will not be returning.

Baria has left the band,” she confirmed. “I guess ‘personal differences’ would be the standard way to say it. I guess it’s just the intensity of being on tour, things are so much heightened.”

Croft also confirmed that The xx would continue as a three-piece.

Jamie [Smith, multi-instrumentalist] needs another few arms so he can work everything,” she joked. “Everything’s going to be completely live. It’s going to mean a bit of brushing up on lead pedal manuals.”

See the new issue of NME, out now, for the full interview with Croft.