REVIEW: The 1975 at Southampton Guildhall

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Southampton’s Guildhall was treated to a feast for eyes and ears by alternative rock band The 1975.

The band fronted by Matthew Healy, son of the English actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy, chose their band name from a poetry book after working under several names before hitting the mainstream.

The 1975 started triumphantly with their latest single Love Me accompanied by a dramatic light display and use of white noise

Fairly new to the music scene, the band have grown in our hearts after being introduced by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens in 2012 with their single Sex.

Offering in my opinion a ’80s inspired approach, The 1975 started triumphantly with their latest single Love Me accompanied by a dramatic light display and use of white noise. The mostly young audience responded accordingly showing their appreciation with waves of affection.

The skill set within this band is worth noting, from exquisite vocals, lead guitar, base, keyboards, saxophone solos and drummers on a pedestal they gave a really engaging performance. They touched upon a common habit of today’s society by requesting our social media “mini-bots” engage fully with the band and listen with no video phones for one song.

The encore set included the popular hit Chocolate.

Be sure to check out their long awaited second album due for release February 2016.