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Years & Years prove why they’re one of the best pop acts right now

Years & Years have been the runaway breakthrough of 2015, breathing fresh air into the world of pop. They’ve had several hit singles and their album, Communion, became the fastest selling debut of 2015. 

Fresh from a tour of America and a summer full of international festivals, Years & Years have embarked on their sold-out UK tour and have already announced an arena tour for 2016.

Famed for their style of effortlessly cool pop with big vocals, 25-year-old frontman Olly Alexander brought their trademark energy by the bucketload to their headline London show.

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Bursting onto the stage at the O2 AcademyBrixton, Years & Years powered through a setlist which saw them perform Communion in its entirety. A lively audience were singing along to each and every album cut and of course, the huge hits got a big reaction. 

Another track that went down phenomenally well was their cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic – Britney’s music is often described as a guilty pleasure but Years & Years managed to spin it into the coolest vibe. 

There was little surprise that monster hit, King, was the encore of the night. A moment where each and every audience member was belting out that famous chorus. 

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Just 12 months ago Years & Years were playing in venues to 200 people, and now after this sold out tour, they’ve just announced an arena jaunt for 2016, when that number will skyrocket from audiences of 200 to 20,000. 

On record they’re one of the most exciting pop acts of the past few years and in live performances, Years & Years will have any audience in the palm of their hands. A truly versatile and formidable act; refreshingly unpretentious in the crowded pop market. 

Years & Years, O2 Academy Brixton, 27/10/15

See all the photos from Years & Years at O2 Academy Brixton.

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