The 1975 say they would have spent Mercury Prize money on ‘endless, endless drugs’

Band lost out to Skepta

The 1975‘s Matt Healy has said if they had won the Hyundai Mercury Prize last night that the money would’ve been spent on “endless, endless, drugs.”

In an exclusive NME interview with the band before last night’s ceremony, the frontman was asked how he would spend the £25,000 prize. He replied “Just drugs. Endless, endless drugs.”

Throwing his arms around in excitement, he continued, “All of them! I don’t care. Anything that you can sort me out, I’ll have that.”


2016’s Hyundai Mercury Prize was awarded to grime artist, Skepta. Though, The 1975 won the first-ever Mercury Prize public vote.

At the show, the band performed single ‘Love Me’ from their second album, which saw Healy yell “Now play a fucking guitar solo”, while standing on the band’s table.


The ceremony drew a close to The 1975’s festival filled summer supporting their second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’.

The album followed the lead of their debut self-titled and entered the UK charts at number one. It was the group’s first number one on the U.S Billboard 200.

Despite its chart ranking, The 1975’s debut was originally dismissed by critics. When asked by NME whether the Mercury Prize nomination and critical acclaim for the follow up makes the group feel vindicated, the frontman responded: “Not really, because that would kind of insinuate that we care that much. I think that it’s not about vindication.”

Matty continued:“I mean, we’re at a music competition, so that’s kind of silly in its essence, so you can’t get too worked up about anything like that.”

Explaining that making a record that they wanted to make, was the band’s own validation, the vocalist said, “The fact that everybody else likes it is good for them. We’ve had a lot of fun making it.”

Since their appearance at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, where they headlined the NME/BBC Radio 1 stages, the band have taken some time at home and have been getting ready for touring.

The 1975 are set to embark on a tour around America, before heading back to the UK in December. The stint includes two dates at The O2.

Before that, they will be playing a gig with the BBC Philharmonic on September 30. They will be playing a cross-section of the two albums, along with some of the covers that they’ve done for BBC Live Lounge, backed with a full orchestra.
“We’ve worked it all out and orchestrated it, but it’s hard to get a whole orchestra anywhere. I mean it’s hard to get us in a room sometimes!” Matty laughs, joking, “The triangle player’s a nightmare! Nah, they’re totally fine. They’re all proper musicians.” He tells NME, “It’ll be awesome.” The show at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom has sold out.

Speaking about their dedicated fans, the frontman said, “We get some heavy stuff”. Referencing “there’s a girl just outside who has come from Australia to come and see us”, he shakes his head “That’s too far though. That’s mental.”

Taking to Twitter to congratulate Skepta on his Mercury Prize winner, Matty tweeted:“YES ‪@Skepta you really are an inspiration!! ‪@MercuryPrize thank you so much for everything & awarding the album that truly represents 2016!!”