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The Big Read – Olly Alexander: “If I don’t get f**king guest-list for Spice Girls, I’m quitting music”

next week, olly alexander and his band, years & years, headline london's O2 arena in celebration of both their latest album, 'palo santo', and the wider world they've created around them. nick levine meets the man who's become the mouthpiece for a movement

Olly Alexander on double standards of reactions to straight and LGBTQ performers: ‘As soon as I get on stage it’s ‘Think of the children!”

Olly Alexander double standards
Olly Alexander has spoken out about the double standards between how straight and LGBTQ performers are received. The 27-year-old is the frontman of Years & Years, who will release their second album 'Palo Santo' on July 6. Speaking to Shortlist, Alexander said he was criticised for being "too erotic and too saucy" in his performance at the BBC's Biggest...

Fans go wild as Years & Years reveal tracklisting for new album Palo Santo

Years & Years Sanctify
Years & Years have unveiled the tracklisting for their hotly anticipated second album, 'Palo Santo'. The trio released their debut album ‘Communion‘ back in 2015, scoring their first UK number one with it. Their sophomore album opens with 'Sanctify', the first proper single taken from the LP, which was released back in March. The LP also features 'Hypnotised', a track the band...

Years & Years’ Olly Alexander says he cried backstage at Glastonbury after much praised prejudice speech

Olly Alexander
Years & Years' Olly Alexander has said he cried backstage after making a much praised speech about prejudice at Glastonbury 2016. The trio performed on the Other Stage at the Worthy Farm festival that year - which also took place on Pride weekend - and during their set the frontman took the opportunity to address fans. "Now, as a...

Olly Alexander was told to stay in the closet when Years & Years got signed

Years & Years' Olly Alexander has revealed that he was told to not mention the fact he was gay, when the band got their record deal. Speaking at LGBT charity Stonewall's fundraiser last night, he told how he was advised to stay in the closet, during media training. "What happened after we signed was, we got offered media training," he told...

Olly Alexander and Carl Barat reveal the secret to a perfect cuppa for #BrewMonday

Carl Barat and Olly Alexander have revealed the secret to a perfect cup of tea as part of a new campaign to tackle mental health. The Libertines guitarist & Years & Years frontman have joined forces with the Samaritans for #BrewMonday, a new campaign that highlights how it's entirely possible to save someone's life by taking the time to sit...