Years & Years: The sound of summer

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Band members, Mikey Goldsworthy (LEFT) Olly Alexander (CENTRE) and Emre Turkmen (RIGHT)

London synth trio Years & Years have taken British music by storm in 2015 with their up beat mix of Caribbean R&B and house sound. Recently it was announced that the boys had come on top of BBC sound of the year 2015 list, which gives notification of the best up and coming artist of that year. Their singles have received overwhelming acclaim from critics, which include ‘King’, ‘Take Shelter’ and ‘Real’. DJ Huw Stephens spoke of their triumph up the BBC radio rankings, “Years & Years have already and will continue to capture imaginations with their electronic melodies and lively on stage sets”.

The band are set to play at this years biggest joint festivals Leeds/Reading. They are scheduled to play at Leeds on the Friday and Reading on the Sunday on the NME/Radio 1 Main Stage also huge artists such as Deadmau5. With these festivals being some of the biggest of the summer it gives the three boys the chance to do the double and achieve the Sound of the Year and the unofficial Sound of the Summer.

Years & Years frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander and his band members know about the pressures to stay on top and to cease the opportunity. Mr Alexander, who gave up a promising acting career to concentrate on the success of the band said, “We’ve got to make the most of this and deliver by not mucking it up. This has given us a platform for people to listen to what we’ve got to say”.

The band itself met in London, but Alexander is the only British member of the band. Emre Turkmen, originally born in Holland, but was raised in Turkey and later moved to the UK aged 11 is the synth player and Bassist and keyboard player Mikey Goldsworthy hails from Australia.

Years & Years are set to release their fiercely anticipated debut album ‘Communion’ on the 22 June 2015. With their unique sound and down to earth style what can easily be predicted is that Years & Years will be around for a while yet. Watch this space…

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Student at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) studying Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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