June 27, 2016


Years & Years' Olly Alexander Gives Moving Pride Speech at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, for most American audiences, feels legendary but foreign—we know it's important, we've heard the Nirvana stories—and we just don't connect to it the way we do with Woodstock and its ilk. Year & Years, the English pop band slowly but surely making their way stateside, have given us a solid reminder of why Glastonbury is important.

In the middle of their set this weekend, frontman Olly Alexander gave a speech dedicated to LGBTQ rights and Pride, which directly overlapped with the fest.

He said:

"As you might be able to tell by the way that I'm dressed, I'm gay. I'm in fact, really, really, super gay. A year ago we played the John Peel tent. It was an amazing show. I can't believe we're here today but what I keep thinking about is how, in the last year, a lot of pretty scary and messed up stuff has happened. As a queer person, as queer people, we know what it's like to be scared. We know what it's like to live with fear as part of our everyday. Tonight, at Glastonbury, I would like to ask you to join me, on Pride weekend, and say 'No thank you, fear.' To literally shove a rainbow in fear's face."

Watch it above.