Years & Years
Lauded as the 'Sound of 2015' by the BBC, Years & Years are well on their way to world fame. Formed in London in 2010, the band consists of frontman Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and keyboardist Emre Türkmen.
Their catchy electropop, fusing synth with 90s-style R&B vocals, first caught the eye of French independent label Kitsuné Records, which released early singles Trap and Real. The video for the latter featured Ben Whishaw, best known for portraying Q in the James Bond films; he also co-starred with Olly Alexander in a West End play.
Years & Years subsequently signed with Polydor, which released King, their first No1 single, in February this year. The song also made the top 10 in nine European countries. Their debut album, Communion, followed in July and instantly topped the charts. Years & Years have just started a major European tour, with shows planned in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and the UK. They will also tour extensively in the US in Spring 2016.
Photo courtesy of Mike Breeuwer - Bart Heemskerk