Olly Alexander Brings Years & Years Back To West Hollywood For Pride Thoughts+Photos: Years & Years at OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival WeHo 6/5/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… West Hollywood loves Olly Alexander and Years & Years. Back in 2019 when the City of West Hollywood worked with Christopher Street West and LA! Pride, Years & Years was the festival closer. The band’s return to West Hollywood would prove to be a triumphant one, treating the audience with a full 16-song setlist that spanned the entirety of Years & Years’ repertoire, with a particular focus on songs from Years & Years’ latest album, the 2022 Night Call.
A lot has changed for Years &Years in the past year. In 2021, the band announced that Years & Years would be an Olly Alexander solo project, with Mikey Goldworthy and Emre Turkmen stepping aside to pursue personal projects and focus on family. At the end of the day, Olly made it known that there was nothing but love between the former members, that it was just a really natural evolution, and that the final decision was ultimately mutual amongst everybody. At the end of the day, however, Olly has always been the heart, soul, and face of Years & Years, and truth be told, I’d be hard-pressed to believe that fans in the audience actually noticed that neither Mikey nor Emre weren’t behind their synths like they use to be.
From the first note of “Night Call” to the last note of “King”, Olly gave West Hollywood a really spirited performance that had him effusing his mischievous sexuality throughout. Clearly, what the final crowd wanted, and he made sure that West Hollywood’s inaugural Pride Music Festival was one for the books…”
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