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Years & Years

About Years & Years

Originally a London-based indie-pop collective - Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Turkmen - Years & Years shot to stardom with their album 'Communion’, which reached No.1 on the UK Album Chart in 2015 and became the fastest-selling debut from a UK band that year.

Celebrating the release of ‘Communion’, the trio made history with a world-first interactive ad break takeover on Channel 4. Three exclusive music videos for the track ‘Shine’ were filmed specially for the ad break, encouraging fans to ‘take control’ by tweeting the hashtag for the video they most wanted to see: #ChooseLight, #ChooseShadow or #ChooseDark. Years & Years received four Brit Award nominations the following year, including British Group, British Breakthrough Act, British Single, and British Artist Video for their worldwide hit ‘King’.

Following a series of chart-toppers, ‘Sanctify’, ‘If You’re Over Me’, and ‘Palo Santo’ in 2018, ‘Sanctify’ debuted at No.3 in the UK Album Chart. In March 2021, Years & Years announced that their third studio album ‘Night Call’ would be a solo project by Alexander released under the band name. Mikey continued to play live as an instrumentalist and Emre as the songwriter and producer. The all-new solo songs were released that year, including ‘Starstruck’, ‘Crave’, and ‘A Second to Midnight’ featuring pop icon Kylie Minogue.

A few star-studded collaborations later, Years & Years headlined the Mighty Hoopla music festival in 2023. Later, the BBC announced that Alexander would represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with his self-penned dance track ‘Dizzy’ alongside performing and releasing new music independently under his name – Olly Alexander (Years & Years). 

Years+Years holding the On Air neon sign backstage at their live stream show recorded at OVO Arena Wembley

How popular is Olly Alexander?

With three hugely successful albums, the singer and LGBTQ advocate has scored two #1 UK albums and 10 UK Top 40 singles. He was also awarded the BRIT Billion Award (with 6.5 billion global streams).

What film projects has Olly Alexander featured in?

When he’s not performing music, Alexander is an actor and composer! He’s known for God Help the Girl (2014), Bright Star (2009), The Dish & the Spoon (2011), and It’s a Sin (2021).

Why did Years & Years split up?

Olly Alexander confirmed in an interview with Capital FM: “We all got into a new way of living and working together quite separately. Then, after the pandemic, I feel like we had all this time to reflect on what was happening, and it made sense that we kind of went our separate ways”. The trio remain good friends. 

Who have Years & Years collaborated with?

Year & Years famously collaborated with DJ Jax Jones for their single ‘Play’ (the accompanying music video featured Alexander and Jones dancing on a supermarket belt, with previous signature Jones brands appearing as supermarket items). Alexander has also teamed up with Julia Michaels, Galantis, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, and more throughout his music career. 

Years & Years tour dates & tickets

To get information on upcoming Years & Years tour dates and concert tickets, you can visit the official website.

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