Last week I went to see Years & Years live at Wembley Arena. This was my first time going to a Years & Years tour, and after reading so many great reviews I was really excited. I'd only seen Years & Years live once before at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball, but that was quite a short set, so I was looking forward to seeing their full tour set.
The first two supports acts were quite boring, and the half an hour that they were each on stage, felt like it went on for years and years (ha!). However, I really enjoyed the third support act, MO. I didn't know any of the songs she sang, however the set did make me a bit more interested in listening to her music. But the song that many people know, she closed with - Lean On by Major Lazer. This performance got the crowd much more lively and excited for Years & Years to come on stage!
I've been to my fair share in concerts, but the opening to this show was one of the best I've seen. While Emre and Mikey were already on the main stage, the end 0f the runway lit up for Olly. They opened with Foundation, but for the first half of the song you could hear Olly and see him on the screen, but he wasn't on stage yet. This made the atmosphere incredible, and when he did pop up from the end of the runway, that wasn't just it. As the song continued to stage started to lift up, placing Olly above everyone else. Lasers were also all around the lifted stage, making it look like a cage around him. Just by the first song I could tell that the rest of the show would be unforgettable, and I wasn't wrong! They sang most of the songs from their album, and even did a mashup of covers (including Drake's Hotline Bling). When I first heard the start of Hotline Bling I wasn't that impressed because so many artists at the minute seem to be covering it, but with Olly's unique voice, the whole song was completely transformed into something else!
Watching Olly Alexander just made me smile. The way he sings, smiles, dances and even walks! Everything about him is endearing, which meant that I couldn't take my eyes off him. You could also see how grateful the boys were when they looked out into the crowd. Olly made a point of mentioning how thankful they were to be playing Wembley, as he told the crowd about how they had performed only two years before to a tiny crowd in Hackney! However, he quickly seemed a bit choked up and overwhelmed, so he got on with the next song. Just that brief acknowledgement about how hard they've worked and where they've come from made me feel really proud and inspired.
The whole night managed to make me love Years & Years even more, however I do have slight regret about going to this tour because now I won't let myself miss any of their shows in London! It was one of the best nights that I've had in ages, and I believe that the Years & Years should get all the success that they deserve!