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LIVE REVIEW + GALLERY: YEARS AND YEARS (PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE / TORONTO, ON)

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After three years writing and collaborating in the studio, British pop sweethearts Years & Years made their triumphant return onto the scene with the kickoff of their “Palo Santo Tour” in Toronto. Palo Santo, the group’s sophomore LP, has further proven that Years & Years are masters at creating infectious dance music that makes it impossible not want to shake your hips to the beat. With a stage setup that seemed to capture the aesthetic of their current album as the glowing Incan symbols shown bright in the background, Years & Years gave the sold-out crowd an energetic performance that was sadly cut short due to technical difficulties.

A forty-five minute set that consisted of mainly songs off of Palo Santo, frontman Olly Alexander perfectly hyped the crowd up to peak levels as he came strutting out to their opener of “Sanctify”. Displaying a sensual and suave air which made the masses swoon, it became apparent to me immediately why many consider Alexander to be such a LGBTQ icon.

Drawing inspiration from ’90s R&B and a resemblance to Madonna’s sound, Years & Years truly have a flare for the theatrics and were nothing short of a powerhouse. Unfortunately, their riveting show was ended when their backing track failed due to their soundboard crashing. Unable to fix this, Alexander gave the crowd an acoustic performance of “King” off of their 2015 debut album. Going the extra mile instead of just calling it quits, Years & Years received an earsplitting ovation that lasted long after the U.K. boys exited the stage.

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