Best Concert in Years & Years

Lorena Robelo

Chronicle Reporter

    The British electronica group, Years & Years, came to Los Angeles for the first time to perform a diverting concert. On Sep. 30, Years & Years (made up of lead singer and pianist, Olly Alexander, Emre Türkmen, who plays the synthesizers and guitar, and Mikey Goldsworthy, who plays the synthesizers and bass) performed at the Wiltern for their North American Tour. They debuted in 2012 but released their first album, Communion, on July 10 of this year. The threesome have some recognition due to the slight fame of lead singer, Olly Alexander. Alexander was an actor, mainly in British produced films and shows like Skins UK and The Riot Club with actors Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth. The group’s popularity has increased dramatically in the UK being number one on iTunes but are also becoming well known in the US.

    For their first show in Los Angeles, it began well with their show selling out within a week. Enthusiastic fans lined up since 6 am for a 7 pm show, the line going around two blocks. Their opening act, Tei Shi, an indie-pop singer, received many applauses for her avid performance. During her last and most popular song, “Basically,” Alexander came out and sang a duet with her. After her performance, Years & Years came out and performed their first song “Desire.” The crowd went crazy and sang along to all their songs. In the middle of their concert, Alexander brought Tei Shi back out to sing a cover of Blu Cantrell’s song, “Breathe.” Their voices complemented each other although they both have unique voices. Throughout the concert, Alexander kept thanking everyone because he was surprised they sold out a show where their music is not common. Before their second to last performance of the song, “Real,” all their mics and equipment stopped working. While their equipment was getting fixed, their drummer played a low tune to keep the crowed pumped and Alexander interacted with the fans in the front rows like bringing up their posters and showing them to the whole crowd. After five minutes of waiting, they continued the concert with the same high energy they began with. After their song, “Border,” they said their thanks and left. When the crowd screamed for an encore, they came back and performed their most popular song, “King.” The overall concert was a thrilling experience that I will remember for years and years.

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  1. An excellent review by Lorena Robelo. The coverage of news, sports and entertainment events in Crimson Chronicle is professional and informative for our students. Thanks to all the staff, reporters, editors and sponsor for your hard work and dedication to excellence in journalism.

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