“The xx” is one of the world’s most recognised British bands and highly regarded by music critics and for two days – August 14 and August 15, they are visiting the Baltics! On August 14 the band will perform at the Rock Cafe in Tallinn, ESTONIA and on August 15 – in Sigulda, LATVIA. Both shows are within the Sunset Festival program.
It is possible that a part of ordinary listeners got to know electronic indie rock trio The xx only this winter with their fenomenally popular hit On Hold (#1 UK, #2 USA; within TOP 10 in Latvia). Song is included in the album I See You, which is the third album from the band. It was released on January 13th and it is already the second album from The xx which has climbed to the first position in the UK top. The same success was the first album xx in 2009, while the second one named Coexist (2012) was in the 5th place. In 2010 The xx received the prestige Mercury prize and in 2011 the band was nominated to BRIT award even in three categories.
With their newest accomplishment gentle, R&B affected indie poprock, which has become the bands signature, supplemented richly with basses and house music beats. In a number of songs etherial guitar chords and as if timidly vocals are replaced with very convincing performance. It is reflected in music critics’ reviews which were laudatory about band’s style and originality in the beginning, but now they are talking about the trio affecting music development globally.
Sunset Festival is not a traditional festival in the Baltic countries, as consisting of several separate days throughout the summer season, in each of which performs at least one world-class international artist and a number of local or pan-Baltic scale artists.
The origins of the festival are found in 2015 in picturesque Sigulda castle ruins in Latvia, where two concerts took place – jazz legend Richard Bona and avant-garde Irish singer Roisin Murphy. Last summer there was a sold out show of Irish singer Damien Rice and British rock band James. This year, Sunset Festival brought Evanescence to perform in Lithuania, Trakai Castle, on June 21st and TheNaked And Famous in Sigulda, Latvia, on August 8.