Years & Years Gave NYC A Taste Of Palo Santo For Pride Years & Years Spread Love At Brooklyn Steel 6/24/18
LOS ANGELES, CA- Got Pride? You better believe it. Capping off NYC Pride on Sunday, June 24th, fans, both LGBTQ+ and allies, came together to party in Williamsburg with Years & Years at Brooklyn Steel. The band sold out the 1,800 capacity venue and made the floor shake with their high energy hits. When they weren’t making everyone’s tail-feather shake, they had moments of introspection for their ballads, tossing glitter into the air and waving flags in celebration of pride!
One rainbow flag was gladly handed over to lead singer, Olly Alexander, who has been very open about his own sexuality. He playfully adorned it over his shoulders for a song and then kept it clearly on display on stage for the rest of the show. Kicking the night off with “Sanctify”, Years & Years made it clear, this was going to be a special night.
The electropop British trio was rounded out with Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen who flanked Alexander, one on each side keeping the synthesizers and beats thumping on favorites like “Desire” and “Real” but also made sure the emotions were perfectly balanced for ballads like “Eyes Shut”. As Alexander sang and danced his way through the thirteen song set, every lyric to every established hit was accompanied by seemingly everyone in the venue. Often times Alexander was drowned out by the crowd’s enthusiastic singing.
Featuring a set that had a handful of at-the-time new tracks from their latest album, Palo Santo (released on July 6th), the show was a perfect blend of old and new, echoing the sentiments of the PRIDE weekend. Years & Years made sure that everyone in the venue felt embraced by love, identity, and acceptance. In return the 1,800 plus people danced so hard they lost a few pounds in water weight. Ending the night with “King”, Years & Years were treated like royalty as their adoring kingdom cheered on anxiously awaiting already their return to our city.