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The 1975 Concert @ The O2 Arena 16/12/16


The 1975 are one of my absolute favourite bands. I was lucky enough to meet them at their pop up shop at The White Space in February 2016 (which had a super long queue. I was in one of the last groups to go in to see them so it really was luck. They were all really lovely so it was definitely worth the long wait. Perhaps I'll write a post about it one day). I also saw them live for the first time in March 2016 at O2 Brixton Academy. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to and the post-concert-blues lasted for longer than usual. I was itching to see them again. Their show at the O2 arena would be their biggest yet so there was no way I was going to miss it. I knew it would be one of the highlights of my year. 


Me and my friends arrived at the venue around 10:00 am and to my surprise there were 150-200 people in front of us in the queue. Last time we saw them, we got there around 9:00 am and we were 20-something in the queue. I suppose we should have expected this for such a big venue and for a band with such a huge fan base. We were still quite close to the stage though so I didn't mind.


The Japanese House opened for them, just as they did at their last tour. I was quite happy about that because it brought back good memories of the first show and I really love their dreamy, ethereal sound. My favourite song by them is 'Face Like Thunder' which you can watch above.


One of the best things about The 1975 other than their music is their visuals. Their lighting design is really thought out and aesthetically pleasing (thanks to Tobias Rylander). The lighting for each song fits the mood perfectly.


 As it got closer to the time The 1975 were meant to be coming on, I had so much adrenaline. I can tell the feeling was mutual throughout the entire audience. When 'The 1975' intro started playing and the lights gradually started coming on, everyone was going wild. 


My favourite piece of lighting design was for 'Ilywysfyasbysuoi'.The rectangles looked like iridescent, rotating crystals. It was so clever and beautiful. I was absolutely mesmerised by it. 


Another piece of lighting design that I really appreciated was 'Loving Someone'. It was updated  to include the LGBT rainbow flag after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to pay respect to the victims. The song already had such a strong message and I think this set design emphasised it even more.


'If I Believe You' is one of my absolute favourite The 1975 songs. I find it really touching. I love that they bring a gospel choir on stage for this song (and a few others). I was anticipating it the most throughout the whole show. Finally getting to hear it was amazing. 

I'm already looking forward to seeing them again. I don't know when that will be as they're currently still touring, and I'm sure they'll need some much deserved rest afterwards. For now, I can enjoy their cover of Sade's 'By Your Side' that they released today (well yesterday since I'm writing this after midnight). 

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