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“It’s an exciting time to be in The 1975,” frontman Matty Healy tells the crowd at the first of their two sold-out nights at London’s The O2. They picked up Best British Band, the Innovation Award and Band Of The Decade at the NME Awards 2020 just a couple of weeks ago – because at this moment in time, it feels like their each artistic endeavour could be a real game-changer.

With anthems that turn millennial dread into cathartic communal joy, choreography to challenge that of David Byrne, mind-bending visuals of memes and sloganeering, it’s definitely the most exciting time be in the same vicinity as The 1975. New songs from the upcoming ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ suggested that the best is yet to come. We’re genuinely lucky to have this band.

Check out our beautiful photos and get the lowdown on the first of Healy and co.’s two-night residency at The O2 in London.

“Wake up, wake up, wake up…”

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

A generational call-to-arms, punk banger ‘People’ lands as the perfect set-opener.

“She’s got a boyfriend anyway”

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Usually the penultimate song in the set, giddy guitar banger ‘Sex’ electrifies with an early airing. The performance ends with the words ‘ROCK N’ ROLL IS DEAD’. Not quite, on this evidence.

‘Love It If We Made It’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME
The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Thousands of people crouching down before exploding in unison to the opening line of, “Fucking in a car / Shooting heroin / Saying controversial things just for the hell of it“. You love to see it.

‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

“We just keep getting better,” a cocksure Healy tells the crowd as he introduces this shimmering pop from ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘.

A marathon set

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

“Turn the lights on,” Healy shouts to the front of house crew. “Hello everybody. I would say more but we’ve got a lot to play. This is the longest set we’ve ever played”.

‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Of the six new songs aired tonight, ‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’, is by far the most promising cut from ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ that we’ve heard so far. The accompanying box-style TV screens reflect the track’s towering Tears For Fears-esque ’80s power-pop sonic landscape (albeit set to the very modern modern digital dilemma of being obsessed with a girl online). It’s got ‘future single’ written all over it.

Then there’s ‘Guys’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Another unreleased newbie to be airedL the heartfelt, acoustic-led ‘Guys’. Playing vintage on-the-road footage of the band in their earliest days on the road to success, this is a love song to youth, friendship and sticking together. “The moment that we started a band / Was the best thing that ever happened,” Matty softly croons in the chorus. As the hardcore fans in the front row wipe away their tears, Healy shares some golden advice: “Look after your friends.”

An ode to youth

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

“That song was for 16-year-old me,” Healy tells the crowd between ‘Guys’ and ‘Robbers’. “This one is for 16-year-old you.”

The boy with a box tattooed on his arm…

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Adam Hann: master shredsman.

Fans like these

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Not a dry eye in the house.

Ross The Boss

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

The ever-calm and collected bassist Ross MacDonald there.

Give it up for George

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Expect to hear a lot more from The 1975’s co-producer and co-writer George Daniel. Healy recently promised he’s making “a Matty record and George is doing a George record“, with each of them producing the other’s album. Bring it on.

‘The Birthday Party’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

A country song for the digital age, ‘The Birthday Party’ has only been out for a few days, but is immediately received like an old friend.

Bringing the banjo back

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Only Adam could make the banjo cool again.

Screen it from the rooftops

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

“That used to be a joke,” says Healy after he name is repeatedly shown across the huge screens to encourage a chant from the sold-out crowd. “I’m not sure if it still is.”

‘A Frail State Of Mind’ 

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

The ballad becomes and anthem for everyone’s hangover the next day.

Meeting his public

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Matty got up-close and personal with the crowd.

‘Love Me’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Introducing this classic from the second album, Healy revealed: “This song is about my fractured ego as a 30-year-old white man.”

Matty is a punk rocker

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

The frontman’s new ‘do in silhouette.

‘Sincerity Is Scary’

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Matty’s rabbit hat: already iconic.

It takes a bit more you…

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Midway through the set we were treated to a real highlight: the aching post-rock of early tracks ‘Milk’, ‘fallingforyou’ and second-album deep cut ‘Lostmyhead’. Here’s hoping The 1975 come good on their promise to play gigs that represent each of their different eras.

Give yourself a try, Matty

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Oh, you already have.

Matty and his digital self

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Pretty meta, huh?

Throw your fans up

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

’75ers light up the sky.

Drink it in.

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

Matty pauses to reflect at the end of one of the finest shows we’ve ever seen from this band.

“It is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel”

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

“You can talk, but don’t heckle me for about five minutes,” said Healy before he paced the stage as Greta Thunberg’s spoken-word missive about climate change blared from the speaker during the track ‘The 1975’. Many in the audience raised their fists in act of sobering solidarity. This is the band we need right now. 

The 1975 played:

The 1975 live at The O2, London. Credit: Jenn Five/NME

‘People’
‘Sex’
‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’
‘Me & You Together Song’
‘Sincerity Is Scary’
‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’
‘Menswear’
‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’
‘Love Me’
‘I Couldn’t Be More in Love’
‘Guys’
‘An Encounter’
‘Robbers’
‘fallingforyou’
‘Milk’
‘Lostmyhead’
‘Frail State of Mind’
‘The Birthday Party’
‘I Like America & America Likes Me’
‘HNSCC’
‘Somebody Else’
‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’
‘The 1975 (NOACF)’
‘Love It If We Made It’
‘Chocolate’
‘Give Yourself a Try’
‘The Sound’

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