ill ollie

I felt really low as a teenager and hearing music from artists that could express their pain in a way that is beautiful and made me feel better about the way I felt I think is something that anyone can relate to. I think the hardest thing can be coming to terms with it yourself and not feeling any shame about it as it is part of who you are and it can be a really positive thing if you use it in the right way
—  Olly Alexander at Brixton’s Raw Material Music Centre

Olly being nasty af during Take Shelter

Years & Years Cancel US Shows After Olly Alexander Falls Ill

Years & Years have been forced to cancel their US tour due to frontman Olly Alexander sadly being ill.

We’re wishing Olly a very speedy recovery!

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The band, made up of Olly, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen, have been supporting Ellie Goulding on her US tour.

However, they’ve now had to cancel their remaining American dates to allow Olly to rest up and recuperate.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Years & Years wrote: “It is with great regret and sadness that we have to cancel our remaining US shows with Ellie Goulding, it has been no secret that Olly has been unwell recently and we have been advised that he needs immediate rest to make a swift and full recovery.

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“We are very sorry and want to say a big thank you to Ellie and her team for having us and to everyone that came to see us xx”.

Last week, Olly apologised to fans for having to pull shows due to his illness, writing: “ThankU for all ur nice words and support and good health wishes - i got some weird viral illness about four days ago and I’ve not really been able to get out of bed since [sic].”

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He added that he was on the mend, writing: “thanku guys for being so understanding and to EG and her crew as well. [sic]”

Get well soon, Olly!

@colinebach: So proud of these guys who have a number 1 single on iTunes right now!! Here’s a very special pic from my very special Christmas card for the occasion @yearsandyears ️️❤💚❤ @ollyyears @emreyears @mikeyyears @martha_kinn #yearsandyears #King
Years & Years second album will be better than the first - 'fact'
The follow-up to Communion - the debut album from Years & Years which sold more than a million copies worldwide - will be an even better record and that's a "fact".

And how do we know this? Because the band told us so, after their set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

“It’s in the pipeline somewhere. Dunno what pipe it’s in,” they say, confirming they have written some new material.

“It’s still gestating, like a baby.”

Mikey chips in: “It’ll be better than the first one though. Fact.”

Earlier this month they had to drop out of the remaining tour dates with Ellie Goulding, after Olly became ill.

The band are in the middle of a pretty gruelling schedule, having flown in from Hanover for the festival in Exeter, with plans to return to the US next week.

“We’re like an epidemic,” they joke.

“This [Big Weekend] doesn’t feel like the UK because it’s so sunny so I’m confused,” says Olly.

“Sometimes I expect people to be speaking a different language,” he adds later.

“But then I’m like, "Oh, they’re English,” so I don’t have to embarrass myself in a shop being like, “merci”.

If you haven’t been at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, you might not realise that music isn’t just played on stage, but all around the site.

And there’s a certain Canadian singer who seems to be on a lot - have Years & Years ever considered a collaboration?

“Mikey loves Justin Bieber,” says Olly.

He replies: “Wouldn’t be so bad.”