On Wednesday night (28 November), London band Years & Years opened the first night of their UK tour in Glasgow, and boy did they deliver.
Since emerging onto the music scene in 2010, the band have gone from strength to strength, and have just embarked on their first stadium tour of the UK.
The band opened with single from the latest album, Sanctify, before launching into Take Shelter, and Shine. Also featuring on the setlist was hit singles Meteorite, Gold, If You’re Over Me and, of course, King to close the night.
Years & Years have a unique sound, which has an infectious vibe and can cheer up a whole room of stereotypically sour Scots.
The upbeat tunes, often masking darker lyrics, speak to a generation of young people, encouraging open discussions about mental health struggles – frontman Olly Alexander has been open about his own mental health and eating disorder.
Not only was the music enchanting, but Olly’s costume changes were paramount to the show, first emerging in what can only be described as a police vest, before changing into a white mesh see-through top and finishing up with a tiger-stripe suit.
All we’re saying is we wish we had his stylist.
— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) November 28, 2018
Opening at the SSE Hydro, the band will play sold out shows in Manchester and Brighton, before heading to play the O2 Arena in London.
In London, the band will be joined by members of the LGBTQ+ community, to showcase their talent.
Attending a Years & Years show is an immersive experience, one that we would recommend to anyone. The set, the costumes, the venue, the music and, of course, the fans, bring the band to life and ensure they deliver the best show they possibly can.
Tickets for their Birmingham show are still available. Get your ticket here before they sell out.
**All images credited to Years & Years**