BBC Sound of 2015: Years and Years win the prestigious poll

The electro pop band topped the poll that’s previously that championed the likes of Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.


by Laurence Mozafari |
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Years & Years have topped BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll that picks upcoming acts that are worth listening out for.

BBC’s Sound Of list has previously been won by the likes of Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and erm, Mika… so it’s a fairly good indication of who you should be adding to your Spotify playlists.

Elsewhere in the poll, singer-songwriter James Bay snagged second place, grime MC Stormzy came in third. Meanwhile US singer Raury and spoken-word artist George the Poet landed fourth and fifth respectively.

Year & Years is fronted by Olly Alexander - who you might remember as Jakob in Channel 4’s Skins. The band also includes bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and keyboardist Emre Turkmen. They’ve supported the likes of Clean Bandit and BBC Sound Of 2014 winner Sam Smith, and are currently promoting their upcoming track, King.

Speaking about their win the band said: “We can’t really get our heads round it, Olly nearly passed out when we found out, it was so surreal and emotional.

“It feels like it means we’ve got a real shot, which means the world to us. People are going to listen to what we’re going to do and we’ve just got to not muck it up. We’ve got to make the most of it and deliver.”

BBC Music Sound of 2015 is voted for by 140 influential music industry experts, including a music boffin from our very own heat Radio.

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