Concert Review: The 1975 @ O2 Apollo Manchester – Manchester

The 1975
First of all, I know exactly what you are thinking — “another review of another 1975 show, do they ever stop touring?” The answer is no, they have toured non-stop since the release of their debut album and it does raise concerns regarding Matty’s voice and whether he can keep it consistently on par with how he sounds on record. Long story short, he can.

A first support slot from new band Y-O-U left the job of the crowd getting hyped to very impressive Circa Waves who performed one of the best support slots I have ever seen. The Liverpool outfit certainly prepared the crowd for what was to come with half an hour of high energy tracks and incredibly visual performances. Their new single Stuck in my Teeth was a highlight and certainly pleased the Manchester crowd.

A well recognised setlist was predicted from the start of The 1975, with only their self titled album and a sparse number of EP’s to pick from, but I felt with the tension and atmosphere of their set, that this was going to give everyone a show they wanted to see. But again questions about Healy’s vocals was surely something playing on everybody’s mind. A setlist identical to their festival performances from the summer proved that Healy’s vocals were on top form, as was George’s drumming talent. The band opened to the track that gave the recognition from the likes of BBC Radio 1 – The City – then lead straight into chilling vocals from Healy which continued into M.O.N.E.Y, So Far (It’s Alright), and Talk. After this, the band played fan favourites Heart Out, Settle Down, and Pressure. They then rattled through more perfectly executed favourites before leaving the stage for about 5 minutes…

Their impressive setlist was set to erupt the crowd into a frenzy of screams and wolf whistles as anticipation and chants for Sex filled the venue. As the stage was empty, everyone knew an encore was prominent. We were then re-greeted by the Manchester foursome, as Healy addressed us by saying “Don’t you just hate it when band’s do that, pretend that no one knows they’re going to come back on?’ As expected the last four songs consisted of Girls, Chocolate, Robbers, and Sex, a perfectly energetic end to such a good gig in the bands hometown, please come back soon.

Click here for our video interview with The 1975.

Review by Jack McCabe |

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