The 1975 played one of Glastonbury 2016’s most memorable sets as the sun went down on The Other Stage, amassing a huge crowd, addressing the issue of Brexit with passion and playing all the hits from their chart-topping second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. Take a look at how things went down…
Matty Healy was on top form in his persona as over-the-top frontman, wearing a baggy white suit, sporting a ponytail and doing plenty of eye-rolling during set opener ‘Love Me’.
Drummer George Daniel looks into the sunset to give a little wave to the crowd – he broke his shoulder in May and wasn’t able to play with the band this weekend.
Ross MacDonald is surrounded by smoke as he delivers some of his killer basslines.
The four-piece played some old songs, but focussed on their recent second album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, which topped the UK and US charts when it came out in February.
He told the crowd that ‘If I Believe You’ is about Jesus Christ. “That’s why I’m dressed like this,” he said. His outfit was a lot, and in it his funky dancing looked brilliant.
Following the Brexit result the previous day, Healy made an impassioned speech about the result. “I feel like as a young person I’ve got a responsibility to say something,” he said. “What do I know – I don’t fucking know anything, I’m a popstar in a suit – but what I feel, and I know what a lot of people my age feel is that there’s this sentiment of anti-compassion that’s spread across an older generation and voted in a future that we don’t fucking want.
“And like I said,” he continued, “I know – I’m a popstar, what do I know – but it is appropriate for me to say that because I’m here, because we’re at Glastonbury, and Glastonbury stands for fucking everything that our generation fucking wants. Compassion, social responsibility, unity, community, everything like that. Fucking loving people. And I think that when you stand on a stage like this, in front of so many obviously beautiful, intelligent people, it’s difficult to say nothing. I love you, Glastonbury, thank you so much for coming to our set.”
Check out the band’s saxophonist John Waugh, who gave blistering solos on songs like ‘She’s American’.
Smile for the camera, Matty.
Behind the band, a bank of light-up columns used on The 1975’s recent showstopping tour showed varying images – going a mellow purple for ‘Somebody Else’ and recreating a city at points too.
You can see the stunning skyscraper effect behind Matty here.
Every so often, on the slower songs, Matty would reach into his pocket and light a cigarette.
Like Matty said – the Jesus imagery is pretty clear here.
Adam Hann giving it some here with his paint-splattered guitar.
The set reached high-points with ‘Somebody Else’, ‘The Sound’ and closer ‘Sex’.
Matty was totally in control of the sunlit crowd. On ‘The Sound’, he commanded everyone to jump up and down – old or young, “covered in shit” or not – and everyone did.
He pulled his own moves out of the bag to show us how it was done.
We’ll leave you with one of his best eye-rolls of the evening. Top class.