Can anyone stop The 1975?
Five sold-out dates at Brixton, four at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, four more at the O2 Academy in Glasgow and a finale at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, it is safe to say things are going well for the Mancunian quartet. Having picked up a number one album in both the UK and across the water in the US they are certainly looking unstoppable. Tonight might be one of many, but The 1975 make every second count.
Kicking off their second night in Glasgow with hit single ‘Love Me’ lead singer Matthew Healy bounds onto the stage to rapturous screams from the fans in attendance and things don’t look like slowing down. Rattling through an abundance of tracks from the new album, the crowd over runs the voice of Healy during soft track ‘A Change of Heart, as the band hold the crowd in the palm of their hand. Cutting old with new Healy, ever the commanding figurehead, calls out for everyone to be nice and hide their phones for just the one track as he wants to “share this one” with the audience. ‘Me’ receives everything he asked for and more with the slow build enchanting and swelling with not a single mobile phone in sight.
The reflective slow doesn’t last for long. Bringing the tempo back up, the band continue to move things forward before finishing with the classic chime of ‘Girls’. Getting the loudest scream of the night, the band danced around on stage as the crowd followed suit, with not a single person staying still. Teasing the ending out, Healy bows and declares, “Thank you and good night…. Nah I’m only joking” before walking off stage for a quick breather.
Within seconds the Glasgow crowd is roaring for “One more tune” before screams ring out as the silhouettes of the band appears once more on stage. A quick thank you for the chant and for “wasting your Friday night’s with us”, The 1975 dive into their encore of ‘If I Believe You’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘The Sound’ before ‘Sex’ finishes the night on an absolute high. Starting strong and getting stronger, tonight captures a band on the ascent. The 1975 are taking over and they’re not stopping ’til the world is theirs.