Minimalist indie rock trio The xx blew everyone away in 2009 with their phenomenal eponymous debut album. Since then, new material has been scarce. A few snippets have trickled online and sonic architect Jamie xx has launched promising solo ventures by going straight to the dancefloor. The tortured, restrained angst that characterized xx, though, has been kept under wraps. We know an album’s coming, but still no word on when.

All of this makes it a big deal that The xx are playing three “intimate” shows this month and billing them as their live return. It should mean new music, which is what everyone who fell in love three years ago has been waiting for. Anticipating the hype for tickets, The xx have decided to bypass the stressful waiting for clocks to hit the ticket on-sale time and frantically clicking “Buy,” and instead are utilizing a lottery system to distribute tickets to the three dates. The bad news? All three shows are in London and their subsequent tour is only in Europe. If you’re able to go to any of that, I hate you and the info is all below.

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The xx Tour Dates

05-14 London, England – Electrowerkz
05-15 London, England – Chats Palace
05-18 London, England – Battersea Arts Centre
05-29 Bordeaux, France – Le Rocher De Palmer
05-30 Toulouse, France – Le Phare
05-31 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-08 Turin, Italy – Traffic Festival
06-09 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Sound
06-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06-16 Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
06-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-23 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06-27 Haervic, Norway – Hove Festival
06-29 Arras, France – Main Square Festival
06-30 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-07 Gdynia, Poland – Heineken Open’er Festival
07-14 Joensuu, Finland – Ilosaarirock Festival
08-09 Sibinek, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-31 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-07 Isle of White, England – Bestival

And for a rough idea of what new xx material might sound like: