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hmv.com reviews… The 1975 @ London’s Alexandra Palace
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hmv.com reviews… The 1975 @ London’s Alexandra Palace

After a mammoth world tour in support of their self-titled debut album (which you can preview on the right of the page), The 1975 played their last UK show for a good long time last night (October 1st) and we were there to review things…

 

Who?

The 1975, big-selling indie pop types.

 

Where?

Alexandra Palace, the people’s palace, 10,000 capacity venue on top of a big hill in North London.

 

Any good supports?

Circa Waves, Scouse indie types. Reaction was a little muted at the start of their set, but they went down well enough, especially recent single ‘So Long’.

 

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was packed out, packed out with a febrile crowd who danced when every groove kicked in and stood in wonder every time things slowed down.

 

So what was the set like? What did they play?

Over the course of their 80-minute set, the band ran through just about every song they've ever released. Kicking off with album opener 'The City', the band ran worked their way through almost the entirety of their debut album and aired a fair few tracks from their early EPs, including real fan favourites 'falling' and 'So Far (It's Alright)'. 

Real highlights came in the form of a sterling 'Settle Down', 'Girls', which got everybody singing along and the closing volley of 'Chocolate' and 'Sex', which sent everyone home happy. 

 

Any good between song banter?

Lots of platitudes, lots of thank yous and lots of ‘This is brilliant’ type comments from frontman Matt Healy, it suited the set just fine

 

Did they put on much of a show?

In keeping with the band’s stark black and white album cover, the stage was dimly lit, with white lasers shooting across stage and a big display screen, it added a lot to the show.

 

What was the highlight of the set?

The whole set was incredible, but ‘Girls’ sounded particularly huge.

 

Where can I catch them next?

That’s it for the UK for now. But Healy told the crowd that they were halfway through recording a new album, so chances are they won’t be gone for too long…

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