REVIEW: Years and Years, BIC, Bournemouth

Tonight at the BIC is the start of a series of four concerts that all promise to be huge.

With David Gray, A-ha and the Pet Shop Boys one after the other, what better way to start the weekend than to spend a few hours with Years & Years on The Night Call tour.

First, we were treated to a few sets from tour support Queer House Party who filled the stage with a riot of color and plenty of dancers who did a great job of warming up the crowd for the main act.

And what a main act it was. The lights went out and the curtain fell to reveal a phone booth containing Years & Years’ only remaining member, Olly Alexander.

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The first three songs pass through a haze of phone lines, motorcycle leathers and that never-ending driving club beat. The crowd is immediately swept up in an adrenaline-fueled rush of energy that keeps everyone on their feet for the entire evening.

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The band are back in the corners to leave the stage free for Olly, his wonderful backing vocalists and dancers to cover every inch with energetic and imaginative dance routines.

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The show is wonderfully choreographed, so hats off to the team that put the tour together. The show moves at a breakneck pace which leaves me grateful to have a seat as there is no way I can match the level of energy both on stage and in the crowd.

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We were an hour into the gig before the tempo dropped for a quick chat (you’ve played Bournemouth before, Olly!) and a soft 20 minute version which was excellent. A great cover of It’s A Sin by the aforementioned Pet Shop Boys that came to life after a quiet opening and provided one of my favorite parts of the night.

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It’s a show where the stage crew works as hard as the band and the dancers because the scenery constantly changes throughout the evening. We have songs in phone booths, toilets and beds.

Bournemouth Echo: years and years at the BIC.  Image: rockstarimages.co.uk Years and years at the BIC. Image: rockstarimages.co.uk

The lights are also excellent, perfectly complemented by the giant screen backdrop playing pre-recorded clips of Olly and the dancers.

It was only the second night of a tour that was supposed to be on rehearsal for quite some time, as everything seems to be working perfectly.

Echo of Bournemouth:

What a great evening of entertainment that left the crowd wanting more and exhausted at the same time.

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