Even back in 2002 when the four teenage boys from Manchester started The 1975, they must’ve had heady ambitions to believe that they’d be one of the most critically revered and desperately endorsed modern indie-pop artists across the globe.
Led by Jack Kerouac-inspired lothario Matty Healy, publications like NME proclaim that “it’s entirely accurate to call The 1975 one of the most important bands in the world”.
They swiftly became the buzz-band of 2013 having released four consecutive EPs before their eponymous debut album hit the charts that year, racking up festival appearances at Isle of Wight Festival, Coachella, both Hurricane and sister festival Southside, alongside a coveted spot at Glastonbury Festival the following year.
With lyrics toeing the line between irony and earnestness within the same breath, The 1975 map out the current millennial landscape, poking fun at modernity whilst recognising its shortcomings. Not to mention their knack for writing two-stepping, heart-wrenching pop bangers like ‘Chocolate’, ‘The Sound’, and ‘Sincerity Is Scary’; all of which has seen them garner a fiercely dedicated fanbase alongside the ‘British Album Of The Year’ Brit Award for I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.
Now, with the release of critical and commercial triumph Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 take the next leap into headliner status during the 2019 festival circuit; a welcome addition into the music festival headliner division, reducing the average age of this class by a good 20 years or so.
Major festival headline slots have been crying out for youthful exuberance, and now that time is here with the likes of Mad Cool Festival, Benicàssim, and both Reading and Leeds Festivals championing a new generation of festival headliners with The 1975 at the fore.