By Jessica Bailey

The xx gives Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ its usual minimal, dark spin.

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The xx recorded a cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas” as part of Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show. The breathy British minimalist rockers put their own melancholy spin on the popular holiday tune, so we all have something festive to cry to when the apocalypse hits in a few days.

The band also confirmed details for three open-air shows planned for summer 2013, set to take place in a series of strange locations around Europe, including a waterfront park in Portugal, a palace in London, and an abandoned Berlin theme park. The xx will headline each night after a full bill of acts fill each afternoon.