The XX play Radio 1 concert at Bridlington Spa
Former Mercury Music Prize winners The XX performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a one-off concert at Bridlington Spa.
The gig - broadcast by Radio 1 - was heard by people all over the world, as well as 3,400 lucky people who got tickets through a free draw.
Andrew Aldis, general manager at The Spa Bridlington, said they had to increase the stage by 16ft at the front and either side of the stage to accommodate all the equipment and the full orchestra.
He said: “I couldn’t think of a better venue to hold the concert – as no-one is further away than 25m from the stage. The venue looked amazing.
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“Staging this concert has really put Bridlington and the East Riding on the map.”
The show, presented by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, featured new material from both the orchestra and the band.
Lowe said: “The Spa is amazing and huge and it is a grand venue for a grand musical experience.
“Bridlington is a classic British beach town with lovely golden sands.
“It is a very special occasion.”
The band worked with composer Alex Baranowski in a mixture of arrangements of songs from The XX’s first two albums along with some new orchestral material.
James Robert, 28, of Beverley, was excited to see the unique corroboration.
He said: “What an amazing concert. There was such a great atmosphere and the corroboration worked so well.
“I don’t know how they fit so many musicians on the same stage.
“The sound was brilliant and the best thing is, it was all free.”
English pop band The XX formed in London four years ago and released their highly regarded self-titled debut album in 2009.
The band has just released their second album Coexist, which has gone to the top of the charts.
Rob Ingram, 24, of Tickton, said: “The fact it was a one-off with the Philharmonic made it even more special, knowing that you wouldn’t experience it at one of their general gigs.
“It was impressive to see how such a progressive and innovative band did blend with a different genre of music to their own performed by highly skilled musicians.”