… to bring you important news. Apologies for the lack of blog post today. I never really blog much ahead of time and that has now affected my daily post schedule. However it was for a very good reason.
Years & Years @Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, 18 Nov. 2015
I went to a concert! Years & Years to be exact. But where I usually plan my concerts well in advance, this time I didn’t know I was going until the morning of. My best friend had plans to go see the Years & Years show with her sister, but her sister called in sick and so she invited me along. I thought that a spontaneous invite such as this should not be left unanswered so I cancelled dance class and hung out with my best friend. But that meant that I wouldn’t be home until late, in fact I ended up not even sleeping at home as I decided to stay over at my parents’ place as it would be much more convenient.
With all that said, because of my spur of the moment decision, I didn’t have a blog post prepared for today. But I figured, something is better than nothing. So now that I am home, I figured I could share with you my experience at the Years & Years concert. The only songs I knew by this hot new British band are their major hits. I hadn’t had a chance to give their first album Communion a good enough of a listen, but since most of their songs sound very similar I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to find a few songs to sing along to.
My friend and I arrived when the support act was already performing, and we found a spot all the way front left. Which proved a good spot, but not so much for picture taking. Since the band doesn’t have too many songs yet, the concert was rather short. They played for an hour tops, and that included a well executed cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic. They started the show with Take Shelter, which is my personal favorite. Their other major song, Desire, was sprinkled somewhere in the middle, followed by Shine roughly 2/3 in and their major hit King was of course last for the encore. In between the songs were mainly catchy pop songs that sometimes toned things down a bit too much.
The audience was a bit tame I found, but there was a very adamant group of followers who took up the space in front of the stage, so I don’t think the band noticed. Olly, the lead singer, seemed rather excited about receiving hugs and teddy bears from the crowd in any case. His voice was remarkably well in tune, which I have heard isn’t always the case, but this was the first night of their European tour, so maybe he wasn’t as tired yet. But it was a job well done. The rest of the band weren’t really ‘there’ though, they just played their instruments and that was that.
Overall, I enjoyed the show. I had little to no expectations beforehand, because it was such a last minute thing. But all in all this band looks very promising and if they continue making some good solid pop songs then they may very well be the next musical sensation.
Here are two videos I took: