by John Morrow
*WARNING: Extremely sappy article incoming*
This past Tuesday I was able to catch my all time favorite band, The 1975, in Atlanta at The Fox Theater. As a photographer, it has always been a dream of mine to photograph one of their shows. Being given this opportunity was definitely a “pinch me” moment.
This was my second time seeing the band perform and the amount of dedication for this band is absolutely crazy. They played in a small theater that seats about 5,000, but can also sell out arenas. I overheard stories of fans paying upwards of 400$ for a ticket to this show because they wanted to ensure they were front row. For this band, there isn’t a bad seat in the house, but the connection fans were able to make in the front is not overlooked.
The show begins with an ominous swirl of lights building up into one flash of pink as the band begins to play fan favorite, “Love Me”.
The bands stage presence is eye-catching. It’s difficult to stop looking at frontman, Matty Healy, as he rocks out to the bands tunes. I won’t spoil the set list for those who have yet to see them on this tour, but it is definitely not one to miss. The band’s energetic music will have you singing along and dancing the whole entire night. I have been able to make so many friends because of this band, and quite literally spent the whole concert with someone I had met that night. Their lyrics invoke such an emotional response while remaining catchy and beautiful. Their lighting is nothing short of amazing, it is an experience to witness in person. Coming from someone who has been following this band since 2013, they are certainly not a show to miss.
Matty spoke during the show saying, “I’m used to being up high, literally, I mean this stage is very low and when we came out it was quite intimidating, I’ll be honest. But I’ve gotten a bit drunk now so it’s all good!”. The fan interaction during the show was amazing. The band had the entire venue, sit down so they could play the very emotional, fallingforyou. Matty even took a fan’s phone at one point on stage with him. The crowd was able to get extremely close and it was definitely one of the more intimate shows of theirs from my understanding.
The 1975 will always hold a special place in my heart and no words can capture my love for them.
// with love, the 1975 //
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