The 1975 Concert Review
The lights had dimmed and the eagerly anticipating crowd were being teased by a buzzing bass tone playing through the speakers. It stopped and everyone went crazy, expecting the band to walk on stage, but then returned the same noise. This happened 3 or 4 times and laughs were filling the room. Finally, they appeared and the atmosphere was incredible. They began with Love Me, every word being screamed by their fans and hundreds of phones in the air trying to get the perfect photo to share online later.
Dancing like a puppet without strings, lead singer Matty Healy looked very smart in an oversized black bow tie as he nearly spilled his glass of red wine while flailing his arms around. Watching him just makes you want to move: he is a true showman.
The 1975 captivated the audience during instrumentals where it was clear due to the room’s silence that everyone in the room was in awe of the amazing sound and light shows they were witnessing. There were four sky scraper looking pillars on stage which created fascinating displays of bright lights and graphics throughout and made the whole experience epic. From the rainbow colours during Loving Someone, the neon pink and blues of Somebody Else and the flashing strobes during their closing song ‘The Sound’ it was a sight to behold.
It was impressive to witness a show that was made of so many music genres. Pop, electro, indie, ballads, instrumentals, and rock hits all mashed into a stunning two hour performance.
Their passion for music was so clear to see. Matty would often have his eyes closed, in a slight trance with everyone hanging onto his every word. George Daniel was playing the drums as if it was the last time he would, and Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald created such magic on guitar and keyboards. Every member of the band could feel every note in their bones.
For one song, Matty asked for everyone to put their phones away and enjoy the moment. He promised it’ll be engaging and he was not wrong. There was something so special about this as it is such a rare occasion for both the audience and the performer. The band seeing who they’re playing for instead of having their whole show photographed/filmed must be a great feeling. It was nice to forget about technology even for just a 3 minute song. Sure enough, as soon as the next song came on, the flash lights started again – reflecting the ages of fans that were there. Older show goers were definitely living in the moment.
The boys had a well-deserved month off but soon they embark on the rest of Europe to complete their tour of songs from their debut self-titled album and latest album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.