Stepping into a headline slot with barely a fortnight’s notice requires a band with nerves of steel, as well as a back catalogue extensive and beloved enough to mend festival goers’ wounded hearts instantly. Thankfully, one such band exists just over the Pennines – Manchester’s The 1975.
And that’s roughly how many hits they have! Just in the opening minutes of their set, they unleashed the delectable ‘Chocolate’, the track which catapulted them into the limelight almost a decade ago. With sensual vocals and a groovily sluicing melody hook, any fears that may have lingered about the band’s last-minute appointment were quickly assuaged. The equally melodic ‘Love Me’ slithered out on the night air like an intoxicating breeze, drawing the crowd into a slowly swaying malaise, entirely captivated by the band’s alluring demeanour. Swaggering along in his perfectly tailored suit, frontman Matty Healy casts an impressive figure, who manages to pull sensual hip swings off with far more grace than most! With the perfect balance of well-crafted pop melodies with earworm-creating hooks, and enough self aggrandisement to fill ten of the Main Stage East, there can have been no better choice to fill those ever-so-large shoes of a headliner. Hats off to you, The 1975!