The 1975 closed last weekend’s Reading Festival on the Radio One/NME Stage with a glorious set that left a lasting impression, despite lasting only an hour. Teenagers wept, he drew languidly on a fag, we all had a good time.
The band closed the festival on the Radio One/NME Stage in 2014 and, having grown massively in popularity in the two years inbetween, were ready to wow us with how far they’ve come.
Frontman Matt Healy was magnetic throughout and could elicit screams from the crowd with just a flick of his lovely hair.
“I love it here,” Healy gushed to the crowd. “I love coming to Reading. It’s amazing to see so many of you. I’m so buzzing – I love this festival.” Judging by the electric atmosphere, the feeling was mutual.
“This is such an incredible experience,” the singer said at one point. “Thank you so much”.
The set was only an hour long, which seems a little short (especially since latest album ‘I Love When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It’ clock in at 77 minutes and it takes almost as long to read that ridiculous title), but there was certainly no filler.
Reading and Leeds Festival is a rite of passage for many teenagers and it was clear the 1975 had given this young crowd an experience they’d never forget.
After delivering the ‘Change of Heart’ line, “And you were coming across as clever / Then you lit the wrong end of your cigarette,” Healy drew on a cigarette, drawing squeals of excitement from the swooning crowd. That is literally all he has to do.
Healy told the crowd to jump on the count of four during ‘The Sound’. Needless to say, everyone obeyed gleefully.
The cameras kept cutting to overhwelmed teenagers weeping in the audience, as if they were watching The Beatles in 1965.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I can promise you two things,” Healy said at the end of this exciting set. “One: we’re gonna go away and make another record. Two: we’re gonna come back and we’re gonna fucking headline Reading, I fucking promise you.”