The xx have enlisted a special lineup of support acts for their “Night + Day” event series, whose main attraction is their residency at London’s O2 Brixton Academy. Among the support acts are their U.S. tour companions Sampha and Kelela, along with Cat Power, Savages’ Jehnny Beth on solo piano, Floating Points, Robyn’s “RBN/RMX Live” project, Francis and the Lights, Joy Orbison, the London Contemporary Orchestra performing Mica Levi, and more. See the dates and find more info here. Although the shows are sold out, the band encouraged ticket holders to swap their tickets for different dates here.
The xx are throwing after-parties on four of the nights, featuring DJ sets from Robyn, Sampha, Mica Levi, and more. They’re also teaming with Reprezent Radio for, among other things, live broadcasts from Brixton Academy. In addition to all that, the xx will curate film screenings, host a pop-up shop, and raise money for several charities. Plus, Jamie xx has announced an all-dayer at Brixton Academy on March 12.
Brian May decided to tour in support of
his Back To The Light, so he assembled a group, dubbed The Brian May
Band. While they concerted a lot, they only released one album, which
was of a live variety. Live At The Brixton Academy is a mix of his
solo work with some tunes by Queen. This one was taken from their
last album Innuendo and it was never played by them in a rockfest
setting, since it was made during the time when Queen retreated from
doing that because of Mercury’s illness. The original is a fast paced
number, typical of the 80’s Queen and it is nicely replicated here in
Brixton. Of course, it does not feature Mercury’s vocal gymnastics,
i.e. Mr. May is a good singer, but he is not Freddie. However, the
entire outfit replaces Mercury’s voice with a sheer amount of energy.