Joensuu Finland 15th–17th Jul 2016

The 1975 charmed as the finishing act in the Main Tent on Saturday

The singer of The 1975, Matthew Healy, stirs up the crowd, first wearing a Cannibal Corpse shirt and later no shirt at all. The band, one of the brightest new stars of British pop rock, brought an all-encompassing show to the Main Tent.

Healy wearing a Cannibal Corpse shirt. Photo: Kalle Kervinen

The 1975, whose newest album ”I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” debuted at number one in both the United Kingdom and the United States, was the last act in the Main Tent on Saturday.

The band has been touring heavily since the release of their debut album ”The 1975” and it definitely showed in their performance which was filled with style and talent.

The band’s music style is difficult to define but some have suggested genres such as pop rock, indie pop and funk rock. Their music is a smooth combination of guitar rock and melodic pop.

It is easy to dance to the band’s music and this showed: the most eager fans were jamming to the music from the very start of the gig. The first tunes of each song also produced excited screaming from the crowd. The rock folks were totally swept up in the band’s music.

– Sounds very fresh. Their music has a nice ’80s feel, one of the listeners comments.

Healy jamming. Photo: Kalle Kervinen

The band’s singer Matthew Healy’s charming dance moves deserve a special mention. Early on in the gig, the singer was also rewarded with red roses from the fans.

Healy’s Cannibal Corpse shirt was an interesting detail that was slightly contradictory to the band’s image. Later on in the gig the shirt flew off and the singer’s performance became more powerful as he sang some of the slower songs with a cigarette in his hand.

All in all, The 1975’s gig was an explosion of British pop talent provided in a great live performance with an incredible light show.

Text: Anton Rintajouppi
Photos: Kalle Kervinen
Translation: Jenni Rajala

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