Gig Review: The 1975 at the SSE Hydro

The 1975 returned to Glasgow on Sunday for the third time in 14 months, this time in support of their upcoming album, ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’.

I saw the band back in January 2019 at the SSE Hydro – and it was truly a magical experience, so it was only right to go back this year to see them at the same venue. This band is typically for everyone; they don’t really fit into a particular genre, so have a varied fanbase.

So, on Sunday, I decided to take my boyfriend along to experience the gig. We don’t really share the same taste in music, but The 1975 are common ground.

What I noticed as soon as we entered was that the whole top tier of seats was curtained off, despite being filled for last year’s show. This may indicate a decline in support of their new music, which is certainly not as popular as their first two albums, however the arena’s emptiness still struck me.

The band bounded onto the stage, and frontman Matty Healy was on top form as always.

They came out with the roaring anthem People, much more punk-rock in style and a very loud way to kick off their show. The crowd seemed to love it, and it really got the energy in the building going.

A couple of unreleased new songs were given airtime, resulting in a rather mellow crowd reaction. If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) was reminiscent of their older music and the crowd seemed to vibe with it too. It also features a catchy chorus that the crowd picked up on very easily. Everyone was singing along by the end.

The band went on to perform Guys, and this was a number that Matty clearly wrote to the rest of the band as a thanks for all that they’ve been through together. However, what struck me was that he seemed to be singing about the band in the past tense, reflecting on their experiences together. The song itself was slow but certainly catchy, and it captured my attention throughout. I didn’t see or hear the rest of the crowd, I was solely focused on the lyrics.

We had an interlude from Greta Thunberg, which has become a regular occurrence, and Matty made it clear that he wanted people to listen. A couple of people in the crowd held up their fingers in peace signs while her speech was on, and others were crying along. It was clear just how much of an impact this collaboration had on not only the band but also their fans. It was incredibly humbling to see that many people listening to such an important message and being moved to tears from it.

The setlist for this tour seems to change almost every night, and overall, it wasn’t best I’ve seen. They did have the typical upbeat songs mixed with some of their slower numbers and performed songs from all four of their albums including their upcoming release.

The crowd didn’t seem to be in love with it either and weren’t as energetic as I thought they would. In fact, it wasn’t until the set’s closing song, The Sound, that they really let loose. The band’s older music definitely got a better reception than the songs from their latest album.

I think it’s very important to mention the stage setup and look of the gig. While most bands and artists have lights coming from various points in the venue, the 1975 opt to have all their lighting come from onstage screens. This doesn’t mean that the room was dull, though! The lights were so bright when I first walked into the arena it was akin to looking at the sun. This is to hide the stage setup, but they were really quite intense.

It didn’t stop there. Throughout the entire gig, the visuals were incredible. Each song was met with an aesthetic that corresponded to its album which I’ve never seen out with a 1975 gig. They may not be the only ones to do this, but it was a great touch nonetheless.

I thoroughly encourage anyone to see them live if they haven’t already. Although the setlist for my specific date wasn’t the best I’ve seen, I loved the gig regardless. Their performances are pleasing to the eye and let’s face it, the music isn’t bad either.

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