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The xx will continue as a trio after Baria Qureshi walked out on the London band before a hometown gig.

Vocalist Romy Madley Croft confirmed to NME that the guitarist/keyboard player would not be returning to the group after leaving and that they would not look to replace her.

She said: “Baria has left the band. I guess ‘personal differences’ would be the standard way to say it. I guess it’s just the intensity of being on tour, things are so much heightened.”

“Jamie [Smith, multi-instrumentalist] needs another few arms so he can work everything. Everything’s going to be completely live. It’s going to mean a bit of brushing up on lead pedal manuals.”

How the departure of Qureshi affects the band’s already minimalist sound remains to be seen.

This article was written for TMM.

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