When the rectangle glows, you know you’re home. This past Tuesday night I got to see my favorite band, The 1975, play live at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was my 6th time seeing the band live and it felt just as surreal as the first.
The 1975 has always been great with their visuals, but this time was definitely one of the most visually astounding. Their outfits fit the mood and their stage backgrounds were flashy, colorful and different for each song. Each background fit well with each song and really took the performance up a whole new level creating a perfect atmosphere.
Honestly, it makes me so sentimental to think about just how far this band has come. I remember seeing this band from Manchester perform years ago to a crowd of about 300 people and to see them play to a sold-out 9,000 crowd blows my mind. Ahh, it makes me so emotional. I’m so proud and I know many others are too.
It was through this band that I have found some of my best friends and made some great memories. I mean, you are bound to make some fun memories while waiting hours together out on the dirty sidewalks hoping to snatch a front row spot for the show. Also, that moment when you are all standing at the barricade, the lights flash on and your favorite band is finally standing in front of you is incredible. I wish I could describe it. It’s definitely a whirlwind of emotions.
A few highlights of the show for me were when they came out with a bang with “Give Yourself a Try” and later surprising us by playing, “She Way Out” which is a song not typically on this tour setlist. Prior to the show, I had looked up the setlist for past shows so I knew that the band had been playing “Robbers,” “Fallingforyou” and “you” back-to-back and I was in such danger. And let me tell you, I was right. I was so not prepared as the opening notes of “robbers” played and I don’t think I stopped crying (mostly happy tears) until the final note of “you” played. I will never forget how special that was.
Of course, the encore was also amazing as it contained a few of the band’s hits from over the years. As “Love It If We Made It” played, I jumped and screamed along and totally lost my voice. My throat still hurts four days later, but it was totally worth it. “Chocolate” and “Sex” followed which both are bops you can’t help but dance and sing-along to. The night wrapped up with “The Sound” which had the crowd jumping like crazy and The Armory floor shaking, literally.
Overall, The 1975 put on an incredible show. I know that it is a night that I will remember forever, and I am sure many others feel the same way. I already can’t wait for the day when I get to see them again. Truly one of the best nights.