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    Anybody who might need already come to Glastonbury up to now to see Years & Years was in for fairly a shock with Olly Alexander’s wonderful return in 2022.

    It was a significant second for the competition’s return, in fact – the primary version since 2019 –but in addition as a result of the final time Alexander was right here, he was the frontman of a three-piece alongside Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen. Now, Years & Years is simply him.

    There was no hesitation or concern on the Different Stage although – regardless of blazing sunshine and loads of layers of leather-based. Right here’s what went down at Alexander’s majestic return.

    Olly’s arrival

    Years and Years(Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    It was immediate smiles as Alexander took to the stage for the boisterous ‘Night time Name’, taking the lyrics actually together with his beaten-up phone sales space and sexually with choreography galore.

    Anybody there?

    Years and Years(Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    Alexander is perhaps a one-man band now, however his Glastonbury present wouldn’t have been full with out his ridiculously good back-up dancers.

    Let it shine

    (Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    It’s exhausting to select probably the most weather-appropriate spotlight between Alexander’s wonderful cowl of The Magician’s ‘Daylight’ or the blissed-out singalong to ‘Shine’. The latter was a crowd favorite, although, so most likely the winner.

    Caught in his internet

    Years and Years(Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    It will have been a sweaty affair in any climate as soon as Alexander acquired going for ‘Muscle’, however with train bars and wires aplenty because the solar saved on shining over the stage, the throbbing pop belter hit tougher than ever.

    Heating up

    (Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    It didn’t take lengthy for issues to get sizzling below the collar – and ‘Penalties’ was all the time going to be Alexander’s second to show the temperature all the way in which up. NSFW.

    All hail

    Years and Years(Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    By the point Alexander acquired to ‘Worship’, the group didn’t know what to do with themselves. “I don’t need this to finish, ever, I’m going to recollect this for the remainder of my life,” the singer confessed, catching his breath. We couldn’t agree extra.

    Taking all of it in

    Years and Years(Credit score: Andy Ford for NME)

    It’s been a hell of a few years of Olly Alexander – first, a number one position in Channel 4 smash hit It’s A Sin earlier than taking the leap as a soloist. It was solely becoming for him to nod to the performing efficiency that made him with a spellbinding cowl of the Pet Store Boys music.

    Years & Years performed:

    ‘Night time Name’

    ‘Candy Talker’





    ‘Daylight’ (The Magician cowl)


    ‘Worship / Rendezvous’



    ‘It’s A Sin’ (Pet Store Boys cowl)



    ‘If You’re Over Me’


    Examine again at NME right here all through the weekend for the most recent information, evaluations, interviews, images and extra from Glastonbury 2022.

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