Monday, January 28, 2019

The 1975: Live

Venue: Manchester Arena
Support: Pale Waves and No Rome

Thursday 24th January was a special night, and not only because my kid sister turned 16, but I finally got to see a band I've loved since my early teens. It was heavily anticipated and a long time coming...

After storming the scene with their debut self-titled album in 2013, and changing it up with a more pop sounding album; 'I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It' in 2016, it seems that the band opted to find the perfect balance between both of the sounds they created for their latest musical creation. And along with the music change, Matt Healy has once again changed up his look, perhaps nostalgic of his early 1975 days, ditching the pink and big hair for black tie and slicked back hair.

The 1975 headed out on tour in support of their new album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships', playing sold out arenas to thousands of fans - and I can honestly say that I've never cried so much at a gig in my entire life and the visuals were absolutely phenomenal, my only regret is that we weren't standing (maybe next time).

Love Theme
The 1975
Give Yourself A Try
She's American
Love Me
Sincerity Is Scary
It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
Loving Someone
The Ballad Of Me And My Brain
A Change Of Heart
Narcissist (With No Rome)
How To Draw/ Petrichor
An Encounter
Paris (Crowd vote of Paris vs UGH!)
I Like America & America Likes Me
Somebody Else
I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)

Love It If We Made It
The Sound

I will admit that I was too quick to dismiss Pale Waves. When they first emerged as a band I loved their sound, but after seeing them at Dot To Dot Festival in early 2018 - I was put off. They played Albert Hall and the acoustics were terrible - and through no fault of their own I was a little let down, but they've definitely got back into my good books after their supporting performance. The band played Eighteen, Television Romance, The Tide, Drive, One More Time  and There's A Honey.

Matty's Dad (Tim Healy) also made an appearance at the concert - in a private box above block 112 - and successfully riled the crowd up for his son and their band before they came on stage - I've never seen people get so excited at a gig for someone who wasn't the headline artist. It wasn't long before the arena went pitch black, fans screamed, and the lyrics of 'The 1975' flashed up on screen a few words at a time in anticipation of one of Greater Manchester's most influential modern bands.

The set that The 1975 played was amazing (apart from the fact that the crowd voted for Paris over UGH! - which just so happens to be my favourite of their tracks) and I loved every song. Hearing tracks that I lived and breathed at fourteen - such as Robbers, Sex and Girls - was incredibly surreal and emotional - I somehow love the band even more after seeing them live, and I didn't think it was possible. They had an amazing set of visuals to accompany their songs, clips of how 'Modernity Has Failed Us' to play alongside the band performing 'Love It If We Made It'. After seeing it performed live, I think that 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' will quickly become one of my new favourite albums.

The band played their last UK gig of this tour last night at Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena, before heading to America. The quartet are also set to headline this year's Reading & Leeds Festival, Glasgow Summer Sessions and Benicassim alongside big names such as Kings Of Leon and Lana Del Rey.

(P.S. I hope you had a lovely birthday Ella)

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