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On 22nd March 2016, The 1975 played their biggest show to date. The Birmingham Barclaycard Arena was packed wall to wall with excited fans (and a few grumpy Dads!) , the anticipation was rife. These four guys from Manchester are the “big thing” right now, with their second album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ going to Number One in the album charts practically all over the world. DSC_0108 DSC_0190

DSC_0044In my mind The 1975 don’t put on “gigs” like other bands, they’re not performers or showmen. The 1975 have their own thing completely; they are like a living, breathing, musical art installation. Captivating, mesmerising, both calming and exciting. The staging at the show was beautiful, you have to feel like every element of the show has been considered at great length, and it’s relevance to the band and their brand measured precisely. DSC_0080 DSC_0112 DSC_0135Musically the guys sounded slick, smooth and lovely. Originally when they started I’d never heard anything like The 1975, but they were the start of the Indie Pop Electro type genre that slowly seems to be creeping up to popularity in the UK. The tunes were quiet yet passionate and truly heart rendering- a show can be something you go watch and enjoy, or it can be something that reaches into your soul and moves you, changes you; The 1975 quite obviously provide the latter. DSC_0054 DSC_0200As a regular gigger and photographer I often preach about a band being about 100% collaboration, one tight unit of people with focus no more on one person that another. Band equality proves authenticity and artistry. But with The 1975 that’s complete tosh. The other guys are a lovely subtle, quiet and talented backup to Matt Healy’s shining stardom. In some bands this works, not everyone that wants to be a musician necessarily wants the spotlight, and Matt is the perfect antithesis to their humble performances. Matt is eccentric and completely energised, sipping on his glass of red wine and strutting around the stage, he’s a frontman to challenge the best of them, and I’m a little bit smitten. DSC_0140


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