Photos + Review: The 1975 at The Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA)

Swim Deep (Birmingham) and The 1975 (Manchester)
December 15th, 2015
The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA

The Observatory North Park was a hell of a host on Tuesday night when UK sweethearts Swim Deep and The 1975 came to town.  Fans from near and far (including two who had flown in from Florida) had been outside the venue for hours in anticipation of the sold-out show.  After all, The 1975 has one of the most dedicated fanbases in the game.

Direct support for the tour was fellow UK band Swim Deep.  Touring for the first time in the US, the guys kicked the night off with the chillest bang.  Though their tunes were mellow, they still had a psychedelic vibe to them.  There didn’t seem to be a bored attendee in sight.  Overall the lads were received warmly by the San Diego crowd and were absolutely rad to listen to.  Keep tabs on these guys, I’m sure it won’t be too long before they’re back.

Finally The 1975 came out to the most amazing stage setup.  If it’s one thing I have come to expect is to be blown away but their stage production.  They kill it every single time.  Add in the energy of everyone practically wading in anticipation and you have the makings of the perfect show experience.

The crowd exploded as the first notes of “Love Me” left the speakers.  The room was LOUD but it was awesome.  Though we hadn’t heard much of the band after their last tour, hearing songs like “Chocolate,” “The City,” and “Settle Down” among others made it seem like they had never left.  Then they threw in a bunch of new previously unheard jams that will grace their new record and all hell broke loose.  What’s to come is amazing folks, trust me.  It’s also incredibly frustrating to leave the venue with a song stuck in your head that you can’t listen to until February.  There was this song in particular that I could have body rolled straight through but I didn’t, no worries.  Okay, I got a few rolls in, no big deal.

But in all seriousness I’m stoked for what The 1975 has coming and you should be too.  I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is shaping up to be a gem of a record.  So much so that folks couldn’t keep their cell phones down.  Eventually, Matty Healy asked folks to put away their phones at least for a few songs and then personally pointed out the few that refused to do it.  In that time we heard “Me” and “fallingforyou” the only mellow part of their set.  But after it was business as usual.  The guys sounded great and looked happier than I had seen them the last time around and the crowd reciprocated those same vibes.  If you missed them this time around they’ll be back next year so make sure you keep tabs.  Tour dates are here.

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