Years & Years

Years & Years awarded a 2016 European Border Breakers Award

The British band Years & Years are announced as the eighth winners of the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), which rewards emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who have achieved success in countries other than their own. Supported by Creative Europe and now in its 13th year, the European Union awards ten EBBAs each year, highlighting Europe's great cultural and linguistic diversity in popular music. 

Formed in London in 2010 and heralded as the ‘Sound of 2015’ by the BBC, Years & Years is an electropop band, combining synth with 90s-style R&B vocals. They consist of frontman Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and keyboardist Emre Türkmen.

Earlier this month Carnival Youth (Latvia), AURORA (Norway), Oscar and The Wolf (Belgium), KOVACS (Netherlands), Alvaro Soler (Spain), SOAK (Ireland) and Seinabo Sey (Sweden) were unveiled as 2016’s first seven EBBA winners. Two more winners from across Europe will be announced in the coming weeks, with their awards presented at a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Netherlands on 13 January 2016.