The 1975 take on Birmingham Arena.
Globally renowned, The 1975 recently stepped back into the spotlight with the release of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Evolving from their typical art-pop style, The 1975's latest album established an ambitiously creative sound with a very millennial feel. As the album has been receiving flat-out praise, Slanted Press thought it was time to see how the band fared in a live context.
Before The 1975 hit the stage, the crowd was warmed up by two class opening actsâ€”No Rome and Pale Waves. Both are also signed to Dirty Hit, so we were pretty spoiled. Each act carried their own signature pop style, and it was a brilliant lineup to get the crowd ready. A few hit songs later, it was time for the band we had all been waiting for.
If it was any other show, kicking things off with a couple of videos would come across as a little pretentious, but The 1975 brought their own flair. The opening notes of the iconic self-titled 'The 1975' blared through the stadium. Lyrics were plastered from screen to stage and Matty's pre-recorded vocals had us all watching in anticipation to see the band make their way to the stage. A swift and terrifyingly brilliant transition into 'Give Yourself a Try' threw the stadium into hysteria.
I'll be honest: in terms of vocal quality, I wasn't expecting much from Matty Healy, but I was gladly proven wrong. With beautiful stage production to match, the show wasn't just brilliant to be a part of, but a visual spectacle. In a sold-out arena, any show can feel electrifying, but The 1975's stage production is what truly set them apartâ€”from bright background lighting to an on-stage treadmill! If that wasn't enough, the transitions between songs and album eras were wonderfully smooth, switching between newer songs and fan-favourites. It was also refreshing to hear the band jump from 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)' to more mellow tracks like 'How to Draw/Petrichor'.
All in all, the show was a remarkable feat. The songs were familiar, but the stage production was fantastic. Closing up a setlist of 22 energetic tracks, The 1975 delivered a quality show.