When the doors to Terminal 5 opened Thursday and Friday night, the entire sold out venue filled with electricity. You could feel the anticipation growing as each minute passed. The 1975 was about to grace the stage with a euphoric and passionate, 19 song filled set.
When the menacing hum grew loudest and the lights scanned the crowd at 8:30, the boys appeared on stage. ‘The City’ boomed through the crowd as Matty waltzed around the stage owning his performance. Following the city was ‘Milk’. Matty took a moment to welcome us all to the show, then continued to show their hit making capabilities with ‘M.O.N.E.Y. ‘The chanting and screaming had started and couldn’t be stopped. A few songs later and ‘An Encounter’ was played, from this point, the show was at it’s peak and had no intention of losing it’s gain. ‘Settle Down’, ‘Heart Out’ and ‘Pressure’ filled the venue, the crowd was presented with the band’s newest member John Waugh on sax. We all know it turns into an even bigger party when he plays his sax. The set was slowed down with an emotional ‘Me’ and ‘fallingforyou’.
As I scanned the crowd, I felt an immense amount unity. Everyone in this room, singing the same songs and appreciating what a momentous occasion this was for this band. The next song was ‘You’ and it was anything but modest. At the climax of the song Matty, Adam and Ross all turned into George to play into his drumset. Matty then climbing on top of the drums with his signature moves, topped off the song. Following ‘You’ was HNSCC a moment where Adam Hann’s talents shine through. Followed by ‘Menswear’ a crowd favourite and then the hit ‘Girls’.
A personal and very touching moment occurred when Matty decided to play ‘Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You’ stating how he has been away from home for almost two years, dedicating his life and the other boys live’s to this album, this tour and the fans. Although he misses home, he is also thankful he get’s this opportunity to share their music with everyone and have it “transcend everything, race, sexual orientation” etc.
“You’re gonna have to help us, we’ve never played this song live before.” The loud steel drum kicked in and I knew immediately, it was ‘Medicine‘, the hit song from Zane Lowe’s rescore of ‘Drive‘. The song couldn’t have been performed better, it was filled with emotion and love.
The boys took a moment off stage before coming back on with their calm demeanors. This was it. This was the encore. When the beat kicked in for ‘Robbers‘ everyone’s hands had gone up and their voices carried through the venue. A love song in its entirety, closed the space between the stage and the crowd. The band and the fans melded together to share an icredible moment. ‘Chocolate’ the hit that caused them to break into the music scene brought the crowd together, Matty had everyone holding hands and dancing. Last but certainly not least, the powerful guitar strum kicked off the final song. The five rectangles that graced the stage went red. ‘Sex’ made the already hyped crowd go completely mental. Matty, Adam, Ross and George were in complete synch. The relentless drumming and bass, followed by guitar, caused the show to end with an incredible bang.
I was fortunate enough to attend both nights at Terminal 5 and was completely speechless at how far these boys have come. They seem to only be climbing higher and higher. A “fan’s band” through and through, if you ever get a chance to see them live, do not miss the opportunity, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing them blow up on the music scene even more within the next coming months.
Review by Heather Hook