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Siobhan Macdonald

The 1975 take Glasgow by storm as Matty Healy declares 'Scotland should be independent'

Manchester pop-rock band The 1975 returned to Glasgow at the OVO Hydro on Thursday night for the first time since 2019 for their sold-out tour with thousands of screaming fans.

Once the curtain donned with the band's name dropped, fans saw the split level 1970s style living room before the band came on stage one by one. Seven members of the group's touring band enter the front door one by one, hang up their jackets and switch on lamps before getting into their places.

The first half of the show consisted of a meta high art performance from the band, as once the musicians are on stage, we see Matty Healy shake himself awake from the couch centre stage.

Taking on the role of the tortured musician, Matty quickly lights a cigarette and takes swigs from a bottle of red wine before taking his seat at the piano to belt out hits from their new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language.

The 1975 stunning set design (Jordan Curtis Hughes)

The 1975: At Their Very Best tour has been a social media sensation over the last few weeks, as viral moments of Matty Healy checking fans ID's before kissing them and sucking thumbs have been shared on TikTok. After bringing special guest Taylor Swift out at their London show, the band has a lot to live up to at the remaining gigs on the tour.

Once the clapperboard with 'Glasgow' was used on camera to pause the performance, Matty, 33, spoke directly to the crowd and admitted he was 'struggling'. The star noted he was sick and laid blame on 'too many kisses and thumbs' before chugging a Lemsip and getting back to the performance.

The frontman continued, swaying around with wine and cigarettes in hand making note of how the set 'wasn't real'. He continued with the haunting rendition of About You.

One hour into their performance-art piece, fans saw Matty come to a realisation after chomping down on some raw red meat and climbing through the television on set. The musician returned moments later with the rest of his band dressed in black, appearing re-born as The 1975, prepared to show the crowd what they were like 'at their very best'.

The 1975 wowed fans with their meta first act in Glasgow (Jordan Curtis Hughes)

The atmosphere lifted instantly once the band re-emerged from backstage, as Matty hailed Glasgow rockers The Blue Nile declaring them a favourite band. The front-man gushed and exclaimed Glasgow as one of the best places in the world to perform, praising the audience enthusiasm and rowdy crowd.

Chocolate and It’s Not Living (If It's Not With You) came after he reminisced with fans about one of their earliest performances which was in King Tut’s in 2006 when he “wore shorts”.

Matty gave fans the choice between two songs as the sound engineer measured the decibels to see which song the audience cheered for most. And speaking of democracy, introducing this section of audience participation, Matty declared: "Scotland should be independent," before shouting back: "What? It's not a hot take" after the Hydro crowd went wild.

In previous gigs, Matty showed his support for the striking workers across the country to the delight of the crowd declaring: "Anti-tory is not a hot take."

The first act saw Matty Healy take on the role of the tortured artist (Jordan Curtis Hughes)

Following this, the frontman instructed the crowd to take steps back and away from attendees before he began singing The Sound. The hit single from their 2016 album 'I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It' could have taken the roof of the Hydro as not one fan in the building was stood still, but jumping around to the upbeat tempo.

The 1975 ended their stellar performance Give Yourself A Try as the crowd screamed the lyrics back to the band.

Next up, The 1975 will be headlining TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow Green this July as I'm sure they will be 'at their very best' once again.

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