Years & Years + MNEK – Valentino

Years & Years | MNEK

Years & Years – Desire ft. Tove Lo

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UK Live dates

28/03/16 – Ironworks, Inverness [Sold Out]
29/03/16 – O2 Academy, Glasgow [Sold Out]
30/03/16 – O2 Academy, Glasgow [Sold Out]
01/04/16 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham [Sold Out]
02/04/16 – Apollo, Manchester [Sold Out]
04/04/16 – BIC, Bournemouth
05/04/16 – Pavillions, Plymouth [Sold Out]
06/04/16 – Oasis, Swindon [Sold Out]
08/04/16 – SEE Arena Wembley, London

Years & Years | Tove Lo

2015’s Random List

As has become tradition, here’s this year’s Random List. A collection of music highlights that have caught my attention in the last year. I spend the whole year featuring new and edgy stuff, so it’s nice to put up the last post of the year as a little fun. For previous years, head here.

Most Underrated Talent Of The Year


Kwabs has been a dilemma in 2015. He’s so good, so talented, and the songs are so on-point. But he’s still not tapping the mainstream the way he deserves to be. Maybe it’ll change in the next twelve months.

Most Random Act To Pick Up Recognition In Sweden


Just before the world was introduced to MNEK’s work with Zara Larsson (one of pop’s biggest successes in 2015 in my view), Sweden took an unexpected liking to MNEK’s ‘The Rhythm’ to the point where the track picked up Gold sales. Which is nice since it hardly made impact in the UK. And let’s face it, Sweden knows good pop.

Most Played On My iTunes

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Dua Lipa. Emerging from the same team behind Lana Del Rey only less of the weirdness. This is a fresh slice of pop.

Best Pop Banger That No One Will Hear

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Lucas Nord’s work is already well noted through this record with Tove Lo, but this track that was released in November took me by surprise. It’s just SO GOOD.

Hottest Fans At A Gig

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HONNE are a staple on this blog. This year I managed to catch them live and not only was the gig sold out but it was packed with Abercrombie model look-a-likes. Fancy yourselves a hot boyfriend / girlfriend? Catch HONNE live…

Scandi Country Of The Year To Pull It’s Act Together


Norway. What with Aurora (and that John Lewis advert), Astrid S and Loveless all making impact this year in some shape or form, Norway’s shown that it’s the country to watch in 2016.

Biggest Turnaround Moment

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Justin Bieber… Where did that come from? Seriously- everyone seems to be on Justin’s side this year with the release of ‘Purpose’ and the random pop gems that are contained within that record. Just goes to show that kid stars can make good as they grow.

Act Who Owned 2015

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Years & Years, as predicted in last year’s Random List. More importantly though, these kids have shown that you can have a lead singer be out, gay and comfortable with himself and have no one care.

Act Who Will Own 2016

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt. No one’s even pretending that Jack won’t take over the next twelve months. It’s great though; he’s showing off a new style of dark soul-pop that’s touching people in a way I wouldn’t have expected.

BBC Sound of 2016 longlist revealed!

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The BBC Sound Of poll is one of the biggest and most accurate music surveys to find next year’s breakout star. Previous winners have included Years & Years, Adele, Sam Smith and 50 Cent.

I’m so happy to see that 2016 has a very strong line up with pop and grime genres taking the lead.

As is becoming usual (not that I’m one for gloating), the majority were featured on Alfitude a long while ago…

My bet is for Jack Garratt to win, with Dua Lipa, NAO and Frances and Alessia Cara to finish the top 5.

The shortlist is revealed at the start of January, with the winner announced on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on 8 January 2016.

Watch: Years & Years ‘Eyes Shut’

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UK tour dates: 

  • 09/10         O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 10/10         UEA, Norwich
  • 11/10         Rock City, Nottingham
  • 13/10         O2 Academy, Sheffield
  • 14/10         O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 16/10         O2 Academy Newcastle
  • 17/10         O2 ABC, Glasgow
  • 18/10         Albert Hall, Manchester
  • 20/10         O2 Academy, Liverpool
  • 21/10         O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 22/10         Great Hall, Cardiff
  • 24/10         Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 26/10         Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
  • 27/10         02 Academy Brixton, London
  • 28/10         O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 04/11         Mandela Hall, Belfast
  • 05/11         Olympia, Dublin
  • 06/11         Olympia, Dublin

Years & Years

Nightriders Bring The Heat – Winter 2015 Mix


This set features from Nightriders features tracks by Bondax, The Magician feat. Years & Years, Darius, Le Crayon, Saint Pepsi, Saje and Frames & Felix Lloyd, as well as a new previously unreleased track from the duo themselves.

Watch: Years & Years ‘King’

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New visuals from Years & Years, choreographed by Ryan Heffington – who’s also worked on Sia’s ‘Chandelier’, Arcade Fire’s ‘We Exist’ and FKA Twigs’ ‘Video Girl’.