Band are working on their second album release
The 1975 have announced a full UK tour for later this year.
The band, who have been teasing their second LP recently, have announced a series of dates for November, kicking off in Liverpool on November 9, before heading to Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton and other major cities. They’ll play London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on November 24.
Tickets for the tour go on general sale on Friday (June 5). O2 Priority Tickets are available from 9am on Thursday (June 4) at 9am.
A statement from the band confirms that the group are “currently in production of our second full length record”, which they say “signifies the end of the most inspiring and challenging time that we’ve ever shared as friends and as artists”. They add: “This is the beginning of a new chapter for The 1975. Our new record signifies the start of a new world for us, a more colourful world a less colourful world.”
See The 1975’s tour dates in full below.
Liverpool University (November 9)
Leicester De Montfort Hall (10)
Sheffield O2 Academy (11)
Doncaster Dome (12)
Nottingham Rock City (14)
Newcastle O2 Academy (15)
Edinburgh Corn Exchange (17)
Bridlington Spa (18)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (19)
Plymouth Pavilions (20)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (21)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (23)
London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo (24)
Brighton Centre (26)
Swindon Oasis (27)
Manchester Academy (28)
The band’s statement is in full below:
“Dear friends of The 1975,
I/We/The 1975 are currently in production of our second full length record. Its creation signifies the end of the most inspiring and challenging time that we’ve ever shared as friends and as artists. We simply couldn’t of imagined connecting with as many people as we have since the release of our debut in 2013.
We have toured the world playing over 25,000 shows in 400 different countries (that’s a slight exaggeration but it was a lot) and we have had the privilege of encountering the countless faces that make up our incredibly loyal and ebulliently peculiar fan-base. It is that loyalty that inspired me to write this letter, scrappy as it may be.
This is the beginning of a new chapter for The 1975. Our new record signifies the start of a new world for us, a more colourful world a less colourful world. We want to play shows we want a real shared experience we want to play HUGE shows that we never thought were possible we want to play sets at festivals that people talk about for ages cos it was fun and it was music and the weather was perfect and we want to be honest otherwise what’s the fucking point? So the best way to start is the way we did before – in venues we have loved and places that feel intimate enough to do a proper new show. With people who really want to be there. Or need to be there in some extreme cases.
We have decided to start touring again this year, November 2015. Due to the size of the venues that we feel are appropriate for this particular tour and taking into consideration the humbling dedication that I have felt from a lot of our fans I predict that only the most dedicated will end up with tickets. This can only be remedied by our reciprocated dedication to playing more and more shows. I’ll see you soon with more music and drama and you’ve known the title all along.
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Matty & The 1975″
The 1975 recently teased what appears to be the artwork for their second album, following recent speculation that the band were to split.
Over the weekend, the group’s frontman Matthew Healy took to Twitter to post a cryptic comic strip that appeared to suggest the band were either splitting up, going on hiatus or returning under a different guise. The cartoon appeared to depict ‘old Matty’ silencing a character dubbed ‘Pink (new Matty)’ alongside an enigmatic statement: “Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically – how do you do that?” the cartoon read. “Firstly we must reclaim our identity & repossess our control of it… Until then there won’t be any pop music or dancing with long hair.”
Having later deleted their social media profiles, the band have now reemerged posting a possible album cover that features a newly designed pink neon installation of their logo. Healy has also posted a plain pink image to Twitter. See both posts below.
Healy previously hinted at the band’s second album by posting a blurred photo on Instagram of an iTunes playlist called ‘The 1975-2’. The caption of the photo was ‘2’. Healy later clarified that although the band’s second LP will not be named ‘2’, it will be released next year.
The 1975 released their self-titled debut album in 2013. Last year they were named as the hardest working band of 2014, beating competition from Jake Bugg, Future Islands and Bombay Bicycle Club. Data from Songkick shows that the group beat all their competitors by playing more shows and covering more ground within the calendar year.