The 1975 left on a high-note after their first ever headline set at Latitude 2017

The build-up to the show began on 1st of March as their social media pages announced that they were going to be headlining ‘Latitude Festival.’ They did this with the use of repetition of “The 1975 are headlining Latitude festival,” and furthermore say “it feels a bit like an end of an era.” All this was announced after the twitter page put a pair of coordinates giving subtle clues to their fan base due to the ‘Longitude’ and ‘Latitude’ points.

When the day of the show finally arrived, it represented the end of their two-year album for I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it and marked the need to prepare for the future, and the final instalment of the bands trilogy, Music for Cars, which is due to be released in 2018. Front-man Matty Healy reveals that the team of four will be back on the road in October 2018 but throughout the set, he continued to project the words “The First of June, The 1975.” Whether this is the release date for the next record or something completely different, only time will tell.

As the drone commenced its final outing of the tour it immediately created vast anticipation for what is just around the corner. The drone progressively getting louder and louder before fading into the track The 1975, leaving once singular rectangle to light up the stage before jumping straight into Love Me. Later in the set, Matty explains to the audience of the Obelisk stage that headlining festivals for the band are not the norm by saying “We’re not accustomed to headlining festivals yet. We don’t know how to do it, so thanks for your help.”

Throughout the night, the band performed songs that everyone has grown to know and love over the past two years of touring, including Heart Out, Change of Heart and Robbers, all of which were accompanied by the aesthetically pleasing lighting, which can be greatly appreciated alone. Once the final note of Robbers gracefully left the stage, they all took a minute to stop and let Matty connect with the community which had all come together one last time. He explains that “We’re gonna play a song that is about universal love and compassion… I’m sorry if I ever said anything about religion or anything that ever offended anybody. I don’t wanna offend anybody ever. My intentions is to spread love and unity!”

“So in particular, I wanna shout out to all the communities that are misrepresented. So, the Muslim community, the black community, the LGBT community; I wanna say that we stand with you and we fucking love you, and we love every single person in this field.”

Then begins the introduction of Loving Someone, whilst being greeted by a sea of rainbow coloured light.

Half way through the set they began to play 28, a song which was written before the band even existed as The 1975 and were formally known as ‘Drive Like I Do.’ The action of playing this song live creates a mystery of what the band’s intentions are for the next album. The song has never been played before, and it felt right to debut at such a milestone event for the band.

The night was sadly coming to an end with two heavy hitters Chocolate and The Sound. Once all was said and done, the band said their goodbyes and all stood together creating the perfect silhouette. The band has come a long way and such a landmark is only going to motivate them to go further and create the best collection of music they have ever written. Healy has previously said he wants to achieve something like Ok Computer or The Queen Is Dead, so the ambition is there.

The 1975 is more than just a band, it’s a collection of people from different walks of life all brought together to create unity and peace. The second album has come to an end… an end of an era!

5/5 Bytes.

Daniel Baker.
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