The 1975’s Matt Healy: ‘I challenge anyone to come to our show and not enjoy it’

Frontman says he cares more about his fans' enjoyment than positive reviews from music critics.

The 1975’s Matt Healy has challenged critics not to enjoy the band’s increasingly popular live shows.

The chart-topping band are preparing to play their biggest headline gigs to date next month. They will play seven arena shows across the country from December 13 to December 22, including a two-night stint at London’s huge O2 Arena.

Explaining why the enjoyment of fans matters more to him than positive reviews from music critics, Healy told The Guardian: “If you play 240 shows a year in front of 10,000 screaming young people who adore you, as opposed to people standing there thinking, ‘Impress me’, I can tell you which one you’re going to choose every single night.”

He continued: “You know, if you hate our band, you hate our band, but I challenge anybody with a preconception to come and see us live and not enjoy it a bit. We’re a fucking good band, and we’re proper players. And we’ve got an award-winning light show.”

The 1975 – The Sound (from The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony)

The 1975 perform The Sound as part of The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony for BBC Radio 1 at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. //vevo.ly/NHw5TS

During the interview, Healy also admitted he is “pretentious” and said he has no intention of apologising for it.

As well as revealing that the band’s hit single ‘The Sound’ was nearly given to One Direction, Healy recently teased that new material from The 1975 could be released as early as next year.

He also made headlines after calling out Rod Liddle for “sexist” comments the journalist made about Emma Watson.

See The 1975’s upcoming UK arena tour dates below.

Manchester, Arena (December 13)
London, The O2 (December 15, 16)
Newcastle, Arena (December 17)
Glasgow, Hydro (December 19)
Bournemouth, International Centre (December 21)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 22)