It's official: The 1975
are a big frickin' deal. Earlier today, the Manchester natives announced that they would be playing Madison Square Garden on June 1. Yes, that
Madison Square Garden. For those who don't know, MSG is a world-class historic venue in New York that has hosted some of the biggest names in music, particularly rock music, over the decades. Basically any legendary artist you can think of - Led Zeppelin, Billie Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and so on- has played a show at MSG at least once. It's a must-see concert venue for any music fan out there and a huge milestone for any artist or band, and now the 1975 will be joining the prestigious list of MSG headliners.
Those who haven't paid much attention to the British four-piece might wonder how the hell they managed to land such a massive gig with only two albums to their name and fairly scarce radio play in the states. I even remember just four years ago buying their debut EP, IV
, at my local record store for $2.50, so to think that same band is now playing one of the most famous venues in the country is just insane. As with a lot of rising artists, the band has managed to hit stardom without actually needing radio play, as critical praise, online presence, and word of mouth have been more than enough to propel the band to impressive heights. After a strong but fairly safe debut album, Matt Healy and co. got pretty ambitious on their most recent record (say it with me), I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
Even with a crappy album title, the music showcased the band's willingness to experiment, and while it didn't always work, the record was still overall a pretty enjoyable package filled with weird-yet-approachable indie pop songs. The record shot to number 1 on the Billboard top 200 in the US (the longest-titled album to do so at a whopping 71 characters) and earned top spots on multiple "best of" lists for 2016. With a constantly growing fan base all over the world, the 1975 really are one of today's biggest rock bands, even in a music world where rock apparently died in the 90s, so it only makes sense the band would follow the path of other rock greats and make the pilgrimage to MSG.
With die hard followers more than willing to see the band live and already raving about the MSG show in June, the band seems to have both the fervent fan base of a cult band and the reach of a mainstream pop band, which really is the best of both worlds. They're topping the charts and selling out shows, yet you'll still find plenty of people who haven't heard of them. Luckily, we here at Baeble have long been 1975 fans, and one quick search on our website can give you a pretty accurate timeline of the band's rapid rise into the spotlight. To all the 1975 haters out there: Don't wanna say we told you so, but we totally told you so
The general sale for the show go live January 13th at 10am, but you can also register here
for the presale, which starts January 10th.