By: Amani Ragel
The 1975 took to the stage at the Three Arena in Dublin on Thursday the 24th of March 2016 with support from The Japanese House to finish off their UK and Ireland tour.
As a huge fan of The 1975, I had been looking forward to this gig since they announced their tour dates months ago. Fortunately, I was not disappointed.
Support on the night came from The Japanese House, who actually works closely with Matt Healy and George Daniel of The 1975 who produce her music and fans of The 1975 are more than likely going to really enjoy her music. Being fairly unfamiliar with her music, I was quite looking forward to hearing her live. However, myself along with probably a lot of other people, were disappointed. The Japanese House is not a bad musician by any means and has plenty of great songs. However, a venue the size of the Three Arena doesn’t quite suit her sound just yet and the lack of catchy and upbeat songs failed to get the crowd moving or keep them interested.
Next, it was time for the headliners to take to the stage. The venue was buzzing in anticipation for The 1975, with the room getting darker and darker by the second. Finally, The 1975 burst on to the stage with their catchy single ‘Love Me’ from their new album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, and the audience are instantly on their feet.
Both old and new fans would appreciate the set-list with a mix of older and new material. Older songs such as You, Fallingforyou, So Far (It’s Alright) and Heart Out naturally had the crowd going wild however, newer songs too such as UGH!, Change of Heart, She’s American and Somebody Else were not lost on the audience either.
One of the main highlights of the night was Matt Healy dedicating ‘Paris’ in a touching tribute to all the tragedies that have happened recently and a beautiful performance of ‘Me’ where Healy asks the crowd to put away their phones for the first half and light up the whole venue with the torches on their phones for the second half. Other highlights also naturally included performances of fan –favourites ‘Girls’ and ‘Robbers’ while ‘Chocolate’ had the whole venue on their feet once again.
To finish off the night, The 1975 closed with ‘The Sound’ from their new album and ‘Sex’ from their debut album. If there’s one thing The 1975 know how to do, it’s write a catchy song and put on a great show. Love them or hate them, singer Matt Healy, as well as other members George Daniel, Adam Hann and Ross McDonald, know how to entertain a crowd and give their fans what they want and love and this was honestly an incredible gig by The 1975.
Their second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ is out now. Take a look at their new video for ‘The Sound’ here.