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The xx closed their first Night + Day series with an all day festival in the grounds of Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House yesterday (June 22) – the show was originally due to take place in Osterley Park today (June 23), but was moved due to the planned closure of the Piccadilly line.
The third event of the summer – following performances at Lisbon’s waterfront park Jardim da Torres de Belëm on May 5 and Berlin’s abandoned amusement park, Spreepark on May 18 – featured sets from London Grammar, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Kindness, Solange and Polica. On the bandstand stage, Young Turks artists including Koreless and Sampha played sets alongside DJ slots from Jamie xx, Radio 1 DJ Benji B and Eglo Records founder Floating Points.
The band’s headline set at 9.30pm featured tracks from both their 2009 Mercury Award winning debut and this year’s follow up ‘Coexist’, with additional slots given to a live version of Jamie XX’s 2011 solo-release ‘Far Nearer’ and a cover of Kings Of Tomorrow‘s house single ‘Finally’, originally performed in the Radio 1 Live Lounge in March. The trio also played ‘Together’, the band’s contribution to Baz Luhrman’s recent The Great Gatsby film, for the first time at one of their gigs – you can watch fan-shot footage of the band play the track below.
The band thanked all their fans for making the festival so special, noting that they always loved playing so close to home. The band’s vocalist and bassist Oliver Sim explained that the day had felt like his wedding before taking a photo of the crowd.
Talking to NME in December, Romy Madeley Croft explained that the thought behind the events was to offer an alternative to sponsored corporate events. “We want a bit more attention to detail in the music,” she said. “It’s basically a day out. A day out with The xx.” Following the festival the band hosted an after party in one of the house’s halls.
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