Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Carolyn Brown

The 1975

Returning to their hometown just off the back of their U.S tour, Manchester manufactured The 1975 gathered a worthy crowd in all its immensity at the Arena on Tuesday night.

The 1975

Thrown into a hysteric epidemic of screams as the alt-rock group entered the stage, a charismatic Matt Healy and co dropped us straight into their electro-pop vibes in song Love Me.

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From dapper suits to shakin’ legs, Healy struts the stage almost embodying the pop-funk music and second song Ugh allows for his disembodied movements to strangely work alongside the dial like keyboarding within its background.

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The relaxed ambiance of A Change of Heart lets you lose yourself in an irregular swaying motion and reminds me of the instrumental electronica of Owl City.

The 1975

Having released their second studio album this year, named I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware Of It, the entitled track proves for me just why they are taking the music industry into a new era. With an eclectic mix of chart earning tracks, to euphonious instrumentals paired with a synthesised vocal from Healy, they attract a multi-audience.

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The hypnotic and architectural design of the staging was inspired by artist James Turrel, the conceptual lighting and cubic staging allows for their epic lighting shows to reflect off surfaces, as well as use their own bodies as a projection surface.

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Hues of pinks and blues bring energy to the room, whilst peaceful forecasts of monochrome waters cast peacefulness on other tracks. During track M.O.N.E.Y the band were clouded by a rectangular gauze of light that sat like a curtain in front of them, resonating the hazy like backing to the track.

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She’s American stole everyone’s attention. It jumped us to an energy like that of when you are in your car and subconsciously belt your heart out, without a care that those car windows aren’t soundproof. Following through with Somebody Else, we can’t keep down that radio enthusiasm as the audience pulsated the floor beneath us whilst they danced.

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Politically positive, after a Obama like speech about the controversy’s in recent politics, Healy claims that it is our responsibility to “bring people back together”, applauds vibrated the thousands. He pulls a rainbow coloured flag from the audience, and drapes it across himself claiming the song title “Loving Someone”, another surge of screams as they begin the song.

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Girls, gets us buzzing for an encore as the stage goes into a blackout, the roars become thunderous as an orange cityscape lights up the stage once more for a final that included tracks Chocolate, which had everyone in a synchronised mouthing of the chorus, and 2016’s The Sound, another firework to finish off one of the best home warming gigs I’ve ever seen.

The 1975

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