Revisit The xx’s incredible live show with the BBC Philharmonic
We’re stepping back into the Far Out Magazine vault to revisit a meeting of artistic minds as The xx teamed up BBC Philharmonic for a very special show by the sea at the Bridlington Spa.
The band, who had been commissioned by the BBC to write an original work with composer Alex Baranowski, performed as part of the second instalment of the BBC Philharmonic Presents…, a festival which offered free concerts to fans in the north of England.
The Philharmonic series, which also featured the likes of Richard Hawley, an evening of songs from James Bond films hosted by Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, and a Miles Davis night, culminated in something a little bit different from The xx who, at the moment of performing, had enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity.
Having won the Mercury Prize in 2010 for their debut album, The xx followed it up with their second studio album, Coexist, which formed the basis of their setlist in Bridlington.
The BBC Philharmonic, a famed national British broadcasting symphony orchestra, is one of five radio orchestras maintained by the BBC. For their collaboration with The xx, they teamed up with Zane Lowe for the concert by the seaside.