The 1975 played a sold-out show at The Fillmore in Philadelphia this past Saturday.


Photo by Kenzie Gasper

The wildly popular indie rock band first hit American airwaves with their 2013 single “Chocolate” and gained a huge fan base seemingly overnight. The band is currently in the middle of an international tour to promote their upcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. 

Rising indie pop group Swim Deep opened the show with songs from both their debut album and their recent sophomore effort, Mothers. Their bubbly, dream-like pop vibes complimented The 1975’s sound nicely, making me groove more than I initially intended.

Finally, around 9 pm, the house lights dimmed and all four members of The 1975 walked out to greet their adoring audience.  The stage setup was simple yet aesthetically pleasing, all pastels and neon lights. Upon seeing lead singer Matty Healy, almost every female in the room began screaming and jumping up and down (myself included). The band opened with their latest hit, “Love Me” (which I haven’t been able to stop listening to lately). In all my years of attending shows, I have never seen anything quite like the hysteria I witnessed that night. A gaggle of young girls standing next to me were nearly in tears during the first half of the show. Healy makes a perfect frontman, exuding the raw sex appeal of a young Mick Jagger while still seeming strangely approachable; a dichotomy that has aided in him being known as one of the best live performers of this generation.  The band played for a little over an hour and covered nearly every song in their catalog, including “She’s American,” off of their yet-to-be-released album.

“We have two more songs for you tonight, and I bet you can’t guess what they are,” Healy playfully announced, before going into fan-favorites “Chocolate” and
“Sex.” Before walking off stage, the band spent a few moments waving goodbye and thanking everyone for coming. Drummer George Daniel threw his sticks into the audience, the house lights came back on, and they were gone.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love The 1975 more than I already do, but after seeing them play live I have a new respect for them. If you get a chance to go to one of their shows, I highly recommend going. They will also be playing at Firefly Music Festival in 2016, so if you’re planning on attending make sure to stick around and check them out!


Photo by Kenzie Gasper