Something's set to happen at 6pm on October 8. That's all we know.
The Manchester rockers have a history of teasing across their social media, having led some fans to believe they were calling it quits when they posted cryptic messages and then shut down their accounts back in June. The accounts were brought back the following evening, complete with rebranded pink band imagery, and alongside the announcement of a new tour.
The ‘statement’ posted by frontman Matt Healy in advance of the social media shutdown in comic book form, read: “Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically – how do you do that? 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.”
It continues: “The hardest part of any relationship is to say goodbye. As much as we might like things to stay the same, change is an inevitable part of life. We can’t simply go on forever – always staying the same, never evolving. So we must leave, with a parting ‘we love you’ – we are already gone.”
Before the social media shutdown incident, however, the band had hinted at album number two, posting a blurred image of ‘The 1975-2’. Later, Healy stated that the album would come out in 2016, and added that it will not be named ‘2’.
The 1975 will be touring the UK this November, playing the following dates:
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)
In a statement accompanying the tour dates, they stated: “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.”