“FUCK DONALD TRUMP!”. Clearly The 1975 front man Matt Healy’s plead for his young American fans to vote for Clinton didn’t quite make an impact in LA on the 14th October. Nonetheless, the band indefinitely gave a good show as always. The bands increasing popularity following their second album is leading them to begin performing at larger venues such as the O2 Arena in London. This has come as a disappointment to many fans – including myself – as the intimacy of seeing them live at small venues made it all the more worthwhile (plus, ticket prices have increased a hell of a lot and my student budget cannot keep up with that). As their UK Tour kicks off next month, I thought I would share my thoughts on the band’s previous concerts.
October 2014, Alexandra Palace
I had only been listening to The 1975 for a month before I bought tickets for this gig, and despite only being able to retrieve this photo from it, the atmosphere at Alexandra Palace was incredible and it’s safe to say it was certainly one of the best gigs I’ve been to. Circa Waves supported the band and they really got the crowd prepared for the headliners. The 1975’s debut album can be considered quite dark, with songs “Me” and “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You” being based on depression and suicide; Healy’s vocals set off emotions during the performances of these songs but moods were quickly lifted by the synths and blocky drum beats of ‘Menswear’ and ‘Settle Down’.
November 2015, 02 Academy Newcastle
This gig was much more exciting than the first, for two reasons: I already knew just how brilliant the band are live, and I was travelling across the country to see them. The queue went right the way around the building as usual, with fans singing ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Girls’ to keep themselves entertained in the freezing cold. When we eventually got in, we were disappointed to realize that we hadn’t actually bought standing tickets, but instead we had balcony tickets – which meant we weren’t allowed to stand up and dance. Watching your favourite band perform live and having to just tap your feet is not the best feeling! Nonetheless, they were amazing yet again and they gave us a glimpse of their upcoming album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ by performing ‘Love Me’, which head already been released. It was certainly worth all the travelling.
March 2016, O2 Academy Brixton
What with the band’s latest album being a lot more upbeat and having an 80’s vibe to it, this was definitely my favourite gig out of the three. They played all of the songs from the new album, giving live premieres of ‘Loving Someone’ and ‘The Ballad Of Me And My Brain’ whilst continuing to perform classics like ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Menswear’. This gig had a much lighter atmosphere than the others, and coming out of the venue all sweaty with bloodshot eyes proved that it was a successful night.