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Years & Years - Autumn UK Tour

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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UK Tour Dates Include Birmingham, Manchester and London
It's been a frenetic few months for band Years & Years. They have appeared at Glastonbury, got to number 1 in the charts with catchy single King and performed at sold-out gigs - and all before their debut album was even released.

Years & Years, UK Tour, Birmingham, London,
2015 has been a big year for new band Years & Years


The BBC Sound of 2015 Poll winners are now embarking on a UK tour in the autumn and spring of 2016 that kicks off at Birmingham's 02 Academy on October 9 and then takes in cities including Bristol, Brighton, Leeds, Newcastle and London, where they perform at Brixton's O2 Academy. They will be touring shortly after performing at gigs in America.

The 2016 gigs announced take place from March and include Glasgow Academy, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Manchester Apollo, and even London's Wembley Arena.

Lead singer Olly, Emre on synth and Mikey on bass released the Years & Years debut album Communion in July through Polydor Records, but they are not completely new to the scene.

The band has been threatening to become the next big thing for several years with success of single Real that received over 1 million views on YouTube and Soundcloud for a video that starred Brit actor Ben Whishaw in 2013. They kept interest alive for their fans with singles Take Shelter and Desire too.

But landing support act status for Clean Bandit and Sam Smith, plus a slot on Later With Jools has helped catapult them into the mainstream arena.

Olly, whose distinctive vocals help make the band stand out from the norm, says it was his great grandmother who set him on a musical path after she left him her her piano.

Olly said: "I ended up writing a song for my school assembly. It was about heartbreak, which I suppose really set the tone. Then I got into songwriters like Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan."

Years & Years, UK Tour, Birmingham, London,
Years & Years will be performing across the UK from Birmingham to Brighton and London in the autumn


His great grandmother's legacy has had an influential impact as although Olly is the singer, most Years & Years tracks begin with Olly at the piano, before being forged into their final electronic indie form by Emre, the "beatmaker" of the band.

The trio came together when Olly met Mikey at a mutual friend's dinner party. Despite Mikey turning down Olly's pleas to be in the band, he changed his mind when he heard him singing in the shower. Emre then got to meet Olly and wasn't sure at first. He recalls their first meeting saying: "I remember thinking 'oh god, who is this guy?' But then he started singing and I realised he had quite a voice."

A lot has changed since those first days together. Emre adds: "When we first got together, I was a guitarist, but it was getting to a point when I picked up a guitar and felt like I'd already done all the patterns that were coming out of me. I started getting into synthesisers, beats and making music in a very different way.

"Our tastes as a trio were collectively moving in an electronic direction, and I took up the production side."

Years & Years, UK Tour, Birmingham, London,
Years & Years have had success with singles King and Shine.


Although there's a very electronica sound to Years & Years, they have endeavoured to keep a live music feel to their tracks.

Mikey, who grew up listening to a contrasting mix of classical music and Dr Dre and played in his father's Argentine tango orchestra, says "It's important that our music is made mostly on instruments and not laptops. It's the way we write, and we always want to keep that band aspect."

Years & Years - UK Tour Dates

Tickets cost from 17.50. visit the Years & Years website. for more information.

October 09 - O2 Academy, Birmingham
October 10 - UEA, Norwich
October 11 - Rock City, Nottingham
October 13 - O2 Academy, Sheffield
October 14 - O2 Academy, Leeds
October 16 - O2 Academy Newcastle
October 17 - O2 ABC, Glasgow
October 18 - Albert Hall, Manchester
October 20 - O2 Academy, Liverpool
October 21 - O2 Academy, Bristol
October 22 - Great Hall, Cardiff
October 24 - Brighton Centre, Brighton
October 26 - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
October 28 - O2 Academy Brixton, London
November 04 - Mendela Hall, Belfast

2016
March 28 - Ironworks, Inverness
March 29 - Academy, Glasgow
April 1 - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
April2 - Apollo, Manchester
April 4- BIC, Bournemouth
April 5 - Pavillions, Plymouth
April 6- Oasis, Swindon
April 8 - Wembley Arena, London
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When: October - November
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