Following the release of The 1975‘s new album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, which became number one worldwide by now, the band took over the O2 Academy in Brixton for five sold out nights in a row this week. I headed out for night three the other night.
Opening act, The Japanese House, put up a stellar chill out show; perfect way to kick off the evening. I look forward to discover more about their music in the future. Being the only support on this tour, they got a good 45 minute long set before it was time for the headliner.
The 1975 kicked right off with energetic singles “Love Me” and “UGH!” before dwelling more into songs off the new album – “A Change of Heart” providing with TDL team’s favourite line, “You took a picture of your salad and put it on the internet,” to joke about and “Paris'” waking my constant wanderlust towards that city. A good share of tracks from the IV and Music for Cars EPs also took place in the set, making long-time fans of the band cheer in fascination.
“Sex” is the song where my journey with The 1975 all started back at the end of 2012, and having them sold out this iconic venue not two but five times in a row (which is a rare number since most artists aim for bigger venues like Wembley and the O2 for one night only as soon as they can) I found it quite amazing to hear it live. For the encore, we got the huge tracks of “Chocolate” and “The Sound” concluding in the ultimate dance party for “Girls.”
Stage aesthetics throughout the whole concert were on point. Shout out to the stage director and lighting person! I find visual extensions for an event like this just as important as a superb performance from the band – which I am also happy to report, they’re so much better live since the last time I saw them few years ago. This one is surely going down on my favourite memories list.
Let’s never quit it, okay?