“It’s all down to me!”: Denise Welch jokes that she’s responsible for The 1975’s BRIT Awards victory

"Just crying thinking of them playing with their cheap drums and guitars"

Denise Welch has jokingly taken the credit for The 1975‘s double BRITS victory after following the band’s journey from their earliest days.

Welch, who is the mother of frontman Matty Healy, praised the group after they won the awards for Best British Group and Best British Album for 2018’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’.

Posting on Twitter, Welch recalled how the band used to rehearse in her garage during their formative teenage years.


“Speechless! Just crying thinking of them playing with their cheap drums and guitars in the garage!!! And obs it’s all down to me!!,” Welch joked on Twitter.

She added: “Just saw before I went on stage. I was visibly shaking I think!! So proud and how handsome do they look!! #THEBRITS.”

The band’s overriding triumph at the BRITs came on the same evening that an advert accidentally revealed their triumph some two hours before the ceremony.

The gaffe was noticed by radio producer Kieran Thomson, who wrote on Twitter: “An advert on UKTV Play just said The 1975 won Best British Group and British Album of the Year at this year’s BRIT Awards… which aren’t for a few hours?”


In a statement, label Polydor later confirmed that “multiple ads were created to cover each eventuality on the evening. Unfortunately due to human error, the wrong ad was sent to one of the broadcasters.”

The 1975 will follow the album with ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ – which is set for release later this year.


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