There's nothing that gets me more excited than going to see The 1975
. They are the only band I've seen so many times I've lost count. Their indie pop-rock sound has garnered a massive following in the US and around the world, even catching the eyes and ears of major stars like Harry Styles of One Direction and Taylor Swift, who is now rumored to be romantically involved
with lead singer, Matt Healy.
The one thing guaranteed for any '75 show is you will not be able to stop moving. Even if you hate to dance, the music will make you dance, it will make you smile, sing-a-long, and raise your cocktail in a plastic cup when Healy dances around buzzed to the skull with his signature bottle of wine.
Standing in the packed photo pit, the stage was set, droning reverb was playing from the speakers, and as the minutes ticked by, the lights got dimmer and dimmer until it was black and the crowd erupted in a throng of screams and cheers as the band took the stage and kicked off the show with, "The City."
The 1975 is a feel good band, humble in their accomplishments and gracious to their fans. As they moved through, "M.O.N.E.Y," "Girls," "Chocolate," "Robbers," and "Menswear," it was a constant flurry of cell phones in the air trying to get the perfect Instagram pic and video clip. At one point Healy asked the crowd to, "Put away your cell phones, I want to see your faces, not your phones."
Girls were screaming and dancing, guys were smiling and dancing. It was an amazing feel good show where you knew everyone there was a legitimate fan...making what happened next highly annoying.
On the groupie front, Taylor Swift popped up to fuel the dating rumors running wild about her and Healy. Comfortably seated at the band's reserved tables in the upstairs VIP area, I was behind her to witness the spastic dancing, obnoxiously calling attention to herself, and trying to urge the crowd to cheer louder. Seriously Taylor...keep it to yourself. You've liked the band for five minutes and you don't need to convince anyone at a 1975 show to cheer louder. They've been cheering louder and longer than you, so shut your stupid face. Aside from watching Taylor get drunk on cocktails with a lime wedge, and witness her hugging and dancing up on her tight group of besties, including Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt, the show was insane and awesome. This is a band that should never be missed if you have the chance to see them.