Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, April 2016
Endearing and catchy synth pop newcomers Years & Years set the Barclaycard Arena aglow with their debut album Communion.
Claiming the top position in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 and filling an arena off the back of a few singles is an impressive feat that this London trio have managed with an incredible tenacity. Starting out as fairly unknown, the band has sky-rocketed to the top of the charts filling the lists with hit after hit – and the show included all of them.
Opening with Foundation and following with Take Shelter, it was undeniable that this set would have the audience captivated. Adding in a mix of reggae inspired beats and an eclectic mixture of garments, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander completely carried the night. His voice only enhanced by each performance and light show.
Shine was where it all took off, glitter explosions and instant hooks kept the crowd entranced and it was then cleverly slowed down by a stripped-down version of Eyes Shut where Olly could really showcase his vocals.
Continuing on with several more hits and being joined on stage by dancers, the arena was hyped up again for Desire. Finally finishing with my personal highlights The Boy Is Mine and their best known single, King.
For a band that has had such a short stint in the limelight – in comparison to other arena bands – it was a testament to them in how they perform live. A show as robust and enjoyable as this, sits the band in good stead for future album releases and tours, cementing them in the charts of the future.
(For Year & Years to come…?)
(Image of Years & Years by mike massaro / word Laura Meades)