Artist Spotlight: The 1975

written by Alyssa DiCaterino
This artist spotlight is 1000% biased as I have this band’s logo and a song title tattooed on my body. Needless to say, they are one of my absolute favorites. The 1975 is arguably one of the best bands I have ever seen live, largely due to the visuals that accompany their performances. Of course, I love the music, but their setup is absolutely breathtaking. The song “Please Be Naked,” off of their most recent (and quite lengthy-titled) album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, is incredibly genius and quite the experience to see live. Check it out:

Another incredible and quite popular set up is the rainbow themed display they established after the Pulse Nightclub shooting appropriate for their song “Loving Someone.” I’ve never felt more goosebumps than first seeing this song live with the new rainbow lights and everyone in the room screaming the lyrics. You can really feel how much it means to some people, especially with things happening in our world today. Like lead singer, Matty Healy, said, “…It’s also a black America. It’s a Muslim America. It’s a gay America.” and this song really captures that idea. Get a little taste of it here:

And lastly, “Lostmyhead.” My long-time fans might recognize the lyrics to this one from another song, “Facedown,” off of the deluxe version of their self-titled album. The visuals for this song are so intense that it almost turns Matty, George, Adam, and Ross into silhouettes which is absolutely incredible:

So, yeah. I am very excited to see all of this again at Boston Calling Music Festival, and I highly recommend anyone going to the fest to at least stop by The 1975’s set even just for a few minutes. You definitely will not be disappointed.


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