Black screen. White lyrics. Flashes of yellow light. Then, bedlam!
The 1975 certainly don’t do things by halves, and the only thing as huge as their production value was the momentous drive behind the thundering guitars pumping out from the stage, as their signature blend of indie, rock, and pop, all viewed through a very distorted mirror, blasted across the Yorkshire countryside! Frontman Matty Healy sauntered around the stage, utterly in his element, as he commanded the legions of transfixed fans below him like a general.
From the uplifting pop-rock rager ‘Give Yourself a Try’, to sugary party track ‘She’s American’, even the band’s softer tracks delighted the rapturous audience!
Inflatables danced over the crowd, as Healy’s command to ‘f*cking lose it’ was met with greater fervour than even he could have anticipated! This was a crowd that didn’t need telling twice! Their response to the sophomore outing of tracks from their recently released bundle of records (namely hard rock opener ‘People’ and its partner in ‘Drift’) was nothing short of monumental.
Every call for hands to be raised was obeyed instantly, every collective scream seemed to increase in volume from the last, and requests to dance need not even be made – the atmosphere was so infectious, dancing wasn’t an option. There are few bands who could unite such a large swathe of people with such unanimous joy, but The 1975 are definitely the right lads for the job.