As the hue of teenage angst simmers the floor of the O2 Academy in the heart of Glasgow, beers are clutched and hands are raised as support act MØ descends upon the stage. Bearing the uncanny resemblance of a retro 86-90’s Madonna mixed with the charisma of Gwen Stefani, this Danish electro-pop artist begins her tracklist of crowd-pleasing numbers before ending on the outrageously catchy chart topper Lean On, featuring Major Lazer and DJ Snake. She bows out, and introduces the main act. The crowd erupts, and the fun really begins.
In the New Year of 2015, Years & Years blasted onto the scene with their hot single King, premiering as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Track of the Day, and since then, a following formed. This electronica-synthpop band of three, with frontman Olly Alexander transcending from mere pop artist to gay icon extroadinare, ignite the stage with effortless charm.
The backdrop of neon forming their album cover Communion, and their songs ranging from smash pop brilliance Take Shelter and their recently-released Desire to a humble, break-up ballad, Without, displaying frontman Alexander’s chords of supreme range. His boyish allure and enticing body lingo capture the audience, following suit with raised fists and roars of applause and glee.
A handful of chart covers break the tracklist of their phenomenal debut album, but all move at a swift pace. Widely popular tracks Shine and their ever-increasingly popular King gain widespread crowd-approval, but it’s those quieter moments during their heartbreaking Eyes Shut that leaves you feeling thankful to be in the presence of such a ceaselessly entertaining group. Their charismatic charm and innumerable bursts of infectious energy will carry them for years to come.
Years & Years‘ debut album Communion is now available to buy.