The 1975: Manchester Apollo
| 18th March 2016
They were always going to be a crowd pleaser on home turf, but the Wilmslow boys pulled out all the stops to put on a spectacle for their Manchester finale.
The band opened with the first single ‘Love Me’ from their hit album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’ and the crowd responded in euphoric fashion.
The electric vibe was matched by the superb light show surrounding the group, 3D LED lighting was used to create cityscapes and vibrant visuals which complimented the live show perfectly.
Frontman Matt Healy was on form, strutting around the stage in heels whilst belting out the hits ‘UGH!’ and ‘Heart Out’ before teasing the crowd; “We’re the 1975 from Manchester” he called, the proclamation being met by rapturous applause from the fans.
The tone switched from sing-along to light melancholy for the oft ballad ‘Me’, Healy telling the crowd to put their phones on so that the song could be shared between “just us and you.”
The band continued to perform hits from their new No.1 album like ‘Paris’ as well as classics from the previous album including ‘Girls’. When they left the stage chants of “we want sex”, referring to a song from their debut album, and more screams for an encore.
The band obliged, coming back onstage with six backing singers before playing the soulful ‘If I Believe You’ , then continuing onto their breakthrough track ‘Chocolate’.
The funky ‘The Sound’ was the penultimate song and had everybody in the room on their feet dancing. The band then answered the previous pleas from the audience and broke out into perhaps their most famous song ‘sex’, at this point every member of the crowd was jumping and singing along, staying well after the end to cheer the band off stage.
The final hometown gig proved to be a fitting send off for the band and highlighted their rapidly growing success. A treat and a great legacy to the infamous Madchester scene.
Photography by Karin Albinsson