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Gig Review: The 1975 / Òran Mór / Glasgow / May 27th

On Monday 27thMay, The 1975 played a fantastic gig at Glasgow’s church-turned-gig venue Òran Mór for the fourth date of their May tour. Just the previous day they had supported Muse at London’s Emirates Stadium before playing their own gig in Nottingham. Singer Matt Healy gave us an insight into the night before’s antics by revealing that they “didn’t go to bed” – thankfully it did not affect the performance of the truly great live band.

The band were supported by two very different acts, the first being The Bots. Two brothers from LA whose loud combo of drums and guitar was a little too much, the tamer stuff that featured audible vocals was definitely better. The second support act, Bear//Face, had amazing DJ skills and played music ideal for ‘drunk eyes closed dancing’ after a few too many Jägerbombs. It would have been nice if he had greeted the crowd, but The Bots repeats of “give it up for The 1975” made up for that.

When The 1975 hit the stage there was rapturous applause, opener ‘Heads.Cars.Bending’ got things started before current single ‘The City’ pleased the sold out crowd. The majority of the setlist was not made of tracks from their four EPs, instead they played tracks which will presumably feature on their self-titled debut album (due for release on September 9th). Healy’s effortless stage presence held nothing back from the crowd. What has been said in the band’s interviews about their music being “sonically suited to big arenas” comes across in their ability to get the audience going. However this doesn’t affect the quality of their music in smaller venues, the acoustics of Òran Mór were perfect on Monday night.

Tracks like ‘Milk’ and ‘Robbers’ have got a vibe similar to that which has made ‘Chocolate’ a huge success. There are some great hooks to be heard from the Manchester-based band. Before playing Music For Cars EP track ‘Me’, Healy announced it was to be the band’s first time playing it live. It was a step in the direction of the gloomy and lyrically-dramatic style that The 1975 also do really well.

Without a doubt the biggest crowd-pleaser of the 12 song set was ‘Chocolate’ – which united the audience with near-anthemic status. ‘Sex’ and closing track ‘You’ also generated a massive buzz and we were told of their appearance at Scottish festival T in the Park and a return to Glasgow later in the year to play the city’s O2 ABC on September 17th.

The 1975 have an energy that is best witnessed live. If you haven’t seen them, get tickets booked for their September tour or be sure to catch them sometime throughout the festival season.

Details of The 1975 tour dates can be found here.

Watch the video for latest single ‘The City’ below:

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Euan Tait had written 8 articles for The Trip Magazine

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