hmv.com reviews... The 1975 @ O2 Academy Brixton
Fresh from scoring a Number One album with their new LP I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, The 1975 finished a five-night stand at London's Brixton Academy last night (March 9th) with one hell of a show and we were there to review it...
The 1975, the chart topping pop rockers who are very fond of long album titles...
London's iconic Brixton Academy.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was as sold out as sold out could be, you could barely move on the Academy's floor.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
With a new album out and riding high in the charts, the set understandably focused on their new material, but with plenty of early cuts and fan favourites thrown in too.
Beginning with a double header of 'Love Me' and 'UGH!', the band got the crowd moving straight away and kept things upbeat for the first six songs, which included a thunderous 'Heart Out' and a wonderfully slinky 'She's American'.
Things slowed down a bit after that with the slow-burning 'Menswear', a soaring Anobrain' and a particularly stunning 'Somebody Else', but, by the time the band ended their first set with 'Girls' and returned to unleash an encore of 'Chocolate', 'The Sound' and 'Sex', the whole place was in rapture. The set was 21 songs in all, with lots of changes in mood, but it was utterly captivating.
Did they put on much of a show?
They did indeed. A huge video display and a stage lit up in either the new album's neon pink stylings or their first album's dense black and white, it suited the show perfectly.
What was the highlight of the set?
A colossal 'Girls' was the track that really got the place moving, but it was all pretty good.
Where can I catch them next?
They play four nights in Manchester followed by another four in Glasgow and then a summer full of festivals. Plenty of chances to catch them in action.