The XX day and Night festival

Indie | Wednesday 12th June 2013 | jim

The XX are one of the biggest bands in the world and have played all of the big festivals around the world. But what happens when you have played all of these and want a festival to be more a more personal experience. Well start up your own festival… That is exactly what the XX decided to do. Over three separate dates the XX curated their own one-day festivals in exclusive and special locations. The first two dates have already happened. The first one took place in Lisbon on a beach with a castle that juts out into the sea called Jardim Da Torres De Belem and featured the special guest James Murphy from LCD soundsystem.

The second date happened just a few weeks ago in Berlin in an abandoned theme park and featured Jessie Ware.

The reasoning for the theme park was to create a festival that was completely curated by the XX including things that they liked. They didn’t just choose the music but also the venues and even the food, giving fans a very personal experience of the things that the XX like the most and therefore hopefully something that fans can truthfully engage in.

Arguably the most exciting line-up out of the three is the London stage, well you would hope so considering the XX are a London, born and bred, band. The final day takes place on the 22nd of June in Hatfield House, and features a very exciting line up.

Hatfield house, while maybe not as exotic as a beach in Lisbon is still a very unusual and beautiful setting. Hatfield House is a 17th Century Jacobean manor house just North of Kings Cross and should act as a very inspiring venue.

The line up features the XX, Mount Kimbie and Solange as well as up and coming artists London Grammar. Benji B and his night deviation are also helping to curate a DJ based line up featuring Jamie xx, Floating points, Sampha and Koreless.

Here is how the Berlin one went down:


The price tag is a little high at around £50, but the line up along side the beautiful venue makes it worth it. If you can get a ticket this is not one to miss.

written by Jim Roberts