Gig Review: The 1975 at Pryzm Kingston

The 1975 took over Pryzm last Thursday and it was fun, special, and incredibly sweaty.

To celebrate the release of their new album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the band played two shows in Kingston’s famous club.

The 1975 walked on the smallest stage they have played in a long time to their song ‘Give Yourself A Try’, which was released earlier in the summer. Such an upbeat song was the perfect way to get the crowd excited, and they performed it perfectly.

“I could not be happier”, said frontman Matty Healy after a few songs. And you could see it: he was incredibly smiley, winked and waved at different fans throughout the show, and danced like he was in a pop music video or at Notting Hill Carnival.

Everyone lived for it. The 1975 are the kind of band that aren’t just supported, they’re worshipped. Fans queued outside Banquet Records for over 24 hours just to get tickets to this show. When Matty threw flowers into the crowd, all hell broke loose – because who wouldn’t want to catch something that Matty Healy touched with his own hands?

To see the guy who used to wear all black and drink an entire bottle of red wine at every single show dance around in a simple red t-shirt felt strange at first – but then he smoked a cigarette while singing Paris and everything felt right again.

The band played a mix of songs from the new album and from previous ones. Safe to say, the room was filled with old school fans who lost their minds when older songs such as ‘You’ or ‘Fallingforyou’ started playing. Hearing all those fans scream “I don’t wanna be your friend, I wanna kiss your neck” at the same time with the same passion was incredibly emotional, but also nostalgic.

The 1975 have been a band for sixteen years now, but have only been the band we know since around 2012, which was when they rose to fame. They have gone through a lot of changes in their careers, but it was nice to see them become an improved version of what they were from the beginning. “It actually feels like the first time we’re actually The fucking 1975 again”, said Matty before the band started playing ‘Girls’, one of their most popular songs.

The atmosphere was insane throughout the whole show. There were people jumping, dancing, crying, hugging each other, or just smiling at the band. And of course, everybody was singing at the top of their lungs. During ‘Sex’, the floor felt like it was literally moving because people were jumping so much. The band looked happier than ever as well, and sounded impeccable. You know a band is good when they can pull off tiny club shows, massive arena shows, and festivals and make each gig special in its own way.

They finished the set with fan-favourite ‘Robbers’, which can only be described as magical, but the entire show felt surreal. If you didn’t get the chance to see them at Pryzm, The 1975 are touring the UK & Ireland in January, and it’s looking like they’re going to put on unmissable shows.

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