BY TER STAFF
Less than a month removed from their big performances at Coachella, The xx brought their North American tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Supported by British singer/songwriter Sampha, one of the biggest emerging names from the past year, The xx was set to deliver a memorable night for their Wisconsin fans in the sold-out crowd.
To kick off the night, Sampha warmed up the packed crowd with a number of tracks from his debut album, Process, which was met with a lot of critical acclaim upon its release just a couple months ago. Easily one of the biggest emerging names in the past year, Sampha not only is touring the continent with The xx, but he has already worked with names like Drake, Jessie Ware and Kanye West. One of the highlights of Sampha’s set in fact, was his performance of ‘Timmy’s Prayer’, a track that Sampha co-wrote with West. Needless to say, this will not be Sampha’s last time in Milwaukee, as he has a very long career ahead of him.
After a brief intermission, while crew set the stage for the night’s main event, it was time for The xx to emerge for their sold-out crowd. Comprised of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith (“Jamie xx”), The xx has be been recording music for nearly a decade, but only just released their first studio album in over four years with I See You. And as a result, their fans across the globe have celebrated their return. Touring the world, performing big name festival sets, and releasing a brand new LP, The xx is as hot as ever.
Tonight the acclaimed indie pop band started their set on a high note, with a performance of their 2017 single, ‘Say Something Loving’. Following up with their tracks ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Islands’, both from their 2009 debut, The xx jumped between their three albums throughout the night, from the moment the show kicked off until the end of the night.
And as fans were left wanting more, following The xx’s 15-song set, the London natives returned for a three-song encore, consisting of some of their best tracks, one from each of their three albums, with ‘On Hold’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Intro’, perhaps their biggest song to date. Reminding fans of the early records and their new music as well, The xx couldn’t have picked a better group of tracks to cap off the memorable night.
Peep our photos from tonight’s performance below, and be sure to get tickets for one of the remaining dates of The xx’s North American tour at their official website before they are all gone.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration