Synthpop group Years & Years will play an intimate show celebrating the launch of their second album Palo Santo.

Formed in 2010, the band’s chart-topping debut studio album, Communion, was the fastest-selling debut album in 2015 from a UK band.

Now, having teased fans with the bold concept behind their second album, it is further explored in the upcoming short film directed by Fred Rowson and starring Olly Alexander, Dame Judi Dench and cult Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm amongst others.

The record takes its name from a sacred wood but, in the densely woven fictional backstory of the music video and short film, Palo Santo has also become a city on a distant planet, on which human beings are a rare commodity, worshipped and idolized by an android society. Olly, along with the final humans, is recruited to perform in a series of bizarre erotic cabarets, for an artificial master known only as The Showman.

Watch the trailer for the forthcoming Palo Santo short film, narrated by national treasure Dame Judi Dench.

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