The 1975 are currently four nights into a five-night residency at O2 Academy Brixton in London, hot on the heels of the release of their second album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. The album is a 75-minute marathon that’s totally OTT, “post-ironic”, and yet also pretty serious at times. The live show is an arena show in miniature, featuring stunning use of video screens and colours. Like the album, it’s bloody long too – around two hours each night. The sense of occasion is king: there’s no music before the band appear on stage, just a low, throbbing droning noise that builds to a crescendo over half an hour. Then screaming. Lots and lots of screaming.
Over on the internet, 5,000 gig-goers a night have been posting enraptured updates about the Manchester four-piece’s shows and their amazing visuals – here’s the cream of the crop.
Ryan was bowled over
So was Jamie
But Peter kept his feelings about it in check
Ursa found it overwhelmingly cheering, despite some of the lyrics being utterly depressing
Never thought that a concert full of songs with sometimes very depressing lyrics could make me as happy as this one did. They made the whole room b o u n c e. Thanks for one of the best nights of my life. #music #the1975 #1975 #gig #concert #quality #art #london #ldn #aesthetics #londonlife #goodlife
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Anissa had her mind blown by the admittedly mind-blowing cityscape visuals
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Connie sang along to every word
last night was absolutely breathtaking, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen @the1975 and it definitely won’t be the last! we sang every word to every song, the atmosphere was absolutely insane. i’ll never be able to describe in words how happy this band makes me or how thankful i am for everything they are and everything they’ve done, so proud, so much love #the1975
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In case you haven’t seen the band before, here’s what they sound like:
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Here’s another taste, if you weren’t sure about that one
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Look at how happy they made Italian vlogger Greta and her followers
From sidestage, saxophonist John Waugh gave a pretty good view of the adoring fans
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Lots of hands in Cerys’ close-up.
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And finally, from the Academy themselves: here’s the beginning of the brilliant and ridiculous ‘Love Me’.
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