Years and Years are a British electronica trio founded in London. The band consists of frontman and keyboard player Olly Alexander, bass guitarist Mikey Goldsworthy, and keyboardist Emre Türkmen.[2] Years & Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and 1990s house elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core influences. Their biggest hit single, "King", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, while their later single "Shine", reached number 2.


Early years

The band was formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to London from Australia and met Türkmen online.[3] Shortly afterwards, Alexander joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower.[4] The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier Subria.[5] Leeman left the band in 2013.[6]

2012–present: Communion

Years & Years' first single, "I Wish I Knew", was released in July 2012 on the Good Bait label, with the band performing as a five-piece group.[7] In 2013, the group signed to the French label Kitsuné as a three-piece and released their second single, "Traps", in September 2013.[8] Their third single, "Real", was released by Kitsuné in February 2014 and its music video featured an appearance by Alexander's Peter and Alice co-star, Ben Whishaw, and the former Misfits actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.[9] In 2014, the group signed to Polydor Records and released their fourth single, "Take Shelter". The EP reached number one on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart.[10] In December 2014, the group's fifth single, "Desire", was released, peaking at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] In January 2015, Years & Years' sixth single, "King", was previewed on BBC Radio 1 and selected as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record of the day.[12] In January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 award.[13] Years & Years were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards in 2015.[14] "King", released on 1 March, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 8 March 2015. On 18 March 2015, Years & Years announced their first album, Communion. It was released on 10 July 2015 by Polydor and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.[15][16]


  • Olly Alexander – vocals, keyboards, synthesisers (2010–present)
  • Mikey Goldsworthy – synthesisers, keyboards, bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar (2010–present)
  • Emre Türkmen – synthesisers, keyboards, beats, samples, sampling, sequencers, laptop, acoustic guitar (2010–present)

Live members

  • Dylan Bell – drums (2014–present)[17]


Awards and nominations

2014PopjusticePopjustice £20 Music Prize 2014"Take Shelter"Nominated[18]
2015BBC Music AwardsBritish Artist of the YearYears & Years[19]
BBC Radio 1's Teen AwardsBest British Group[20]
Best British Single
BRIT AwardsCritics Choice[21]
MTV Brand NewBrand New For 2015
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest UK & Ireland Act[22]
Best Push[23]
QBest New Act[24]
AttitudeAlbum of the Year AwardWon[25]
BBC Sound of 2015Sound of 2015
European Border Breakers AwardEuropean Border Breakers Award[26]
GAFFABest New International Artist Act 2015[27]
O2Artist's Recognition Award[28]
mtvUArtist to Watch[29]
WingMusic Awards[30]
UK Music Video AwardsBest ArtistNominated[31]
Best Interactive Video"King"
Best Pop Video
MTV Video Music Awards JapanBest New Artist VideoWon[32]
XITEMost Played Music Video[33]
2016BRIT AwardsBritish Artist VideoNominated[34]
British Single
British Breakthrough ActYears & Years
British Group