The Manchester International Festival has just announced one of the star events for the 2013 edition, which will be held between 4th and 21st July in different spaces within the city. The London trio The xx will take up residence there during the festival. They will give a series of 18 special concerts that will take place in an enigmatic space in the city centre during the 2013 MIF. Each of these performances will be for a small audience of no more than 100 people, “giving audiences a new relationship with the band’s intimate, atmospheric music.” Tickets for the shows given by The xx will go on sale in January.
On the other hand, The xx have joined forces with the audio company Sonos to create an exhibit and a series of events in the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles that "explores the relationship between man and machine, highlighting the prevalence of technology that blurs the line between the two." The programme of activities was kicked off yesterday and will continue on until 23rd December. According to the press release, the multimedia exhibit, which is called “Missing”, is "a field of 50 robotic synchronized Sonos players designed to follow the movement of visitors, allowing them to physically wander inside the track's dark emotional landscape."
The space will also be the setting of other musical events. Solange will offer a party to present her new EP, “True”, on 27th November, along with her collaborator Dev Hynes; Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of Stones Throw, will discuss the creation of an independent label on 2nd December; lastly, Nosaj Thing will give a multimedia performance on 5th December.
You can watch a teaser about the installation below these lines.