Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Years & Years live at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London. As soon as they announced the dates for this tour I knew I had to get my hands on tickets, and I was certainly not disappointed.
My night began queuing outside the venue for little over half an hour, before the doors opened at 7pm, to nab a good seat on Level 1 (unreserved seating/standing).
Once inside I took a quick visit to the merchandise stand to eye up the goods. Years & Years had three different t-shirt designs, a beanie hat, wristband (and more that I can’t remember) on offer for their fans to purchase. I decided on the light grey t-shirt with their branded ‘Y’ on the front and tour dates on the back (£25). Along with the t-shirt I couldn’t resist the wristband (£5).
With merch purchased, I made my way to Level 1 to grab a seat. After testing out a few seats for the best view, I made my choice; a few rows up in a central location. Perfect. Well almost. To see Years & Years on stage properly I had to stand for the show, to see over the railings and people in front, but that wasn’t an issue as Years & Years had the audience up dancing in no time.
They opened the show with the first song on their debut album ‘Communion‘ ‘Foundation‘, before swiftly moving into a more upbeat ‘Take Shelter‘.
After more dancing and singing to ‘Desire‘ and ‘Worship‘, Olly told the audience it was time for him to sit down with a piano. He then went on to perform a slower ‘Memo‘. The beat quickly picked up again as the intro to ‘Ties‘ sounded causing the audience to go wild. This was followed by ‘Shine‘ and their new single ‘Eyes Shut’.
The trio then mixed it up with a re-invented cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic‘. I loved their version of the song and hope that they do this in a Live Lounge session somewhere.
Soon enough it was time for the show to end where Olly, Emre and Mikey left the stage briefly before returning to perform their smash hit ‘King‘. Olly invited a parade of dancers on stage with him, who sported crowns and genuinely had fun with the trio on stage.
Overall I’d recommend seeing Years & Years live, as their energy and passion transferred over to the audience making sure everyone had a great time. If you missed out on their tour this time around, you can see them on their 2016 tour. Head on over to their website to buy tickets as they’re bound to sell out soon!
Toxic (Britney Spears cover)