O2 Apollo Manchester, 13th March 2016
As arguably one of the biggest bands in the world right now, The 1975 continued the celebrations of reaching number 1 in the album charts in both the United States and the UK the previous week with their biggest homecoming yet. Their sold-out four night residency saw the Wilmslow four-piece take the majority of their set from their new album ‘I like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’.
Opening their set with the 80’s Bowie esque funk-pop thank you letter ‘Love Me’ which was a huge hit, this was the first glimpse we got of a band who were willing to push the expectations of what we could expect, and what should be expected of an indie band from North West England.
This was followed by their second single from the 2nd album ‘UGH!’, before allowing themselves to step back into some of the more experimental tracks on the album. Many of these perhaps didn’t have the instant catchiness of many tracks on the self titled debut album, and some may follow the likes of ‘Robbers’ to become the sleeper hit which this crowd lapped up, but did show off a band who were oozing confidence and enjoying what they do.
The band have ambitions to take over the world, before a note was even hit, the feeling inside the venue was of a volume and fervour you’d expect to see in old reruns of beatlemania. Once the lights dimmed and the huge video screen at the back of the stage sprang into life, frontman Matt Healey and his band of brothers did all they could to put on a show to remember.
But the band left it until the encore to play their biggest hit and one of their first, Chocolate. It ignited a sea of hands and bodies dancing together. For a band who took such great risks with not playing it safe on the 2nd difficult album, and have such grand plans, it is their simple ability to write great catchy songs which mean that even playing infront of 12000 people over 4 nights, this is not the peak for the four piece.
Closing off the obligatory encore with current single ‘The Sound’ which the crowd were more than happy to start off, and ‘Sex’, it shows that the two albums worth of material so far go hand in hand and tonight could be one of those nights you can say, I was there.
Find photos from the night here (External link to Flickr)
– The 1975 will play Reading/ Leeds Festival on the weekend of 26th-28th August