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Latitude Festival 2017: The 1975 boys gave fans everything we’ve come to expect and more

PUBLISHED: 11:19 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 16 July 2017

The 1975 headline the main stage on Friday at Latitude 2017. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

The 1975 headline the main stage on Friday at Latitude 2017. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD


Friday night headliners the 1975 lived up to their reputation of being beautifully weird in the set on Latitude’s main stage.

The 1975. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELDThe 1975. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

Front man Matt Healy kicked the crowd off with synth track Love Me, wearing only a tailcoat and suit trousers.

Production throughout the set was entirely in-keeping with what hard core fans have come to expect from the band, with monochrome flashing lights set off with their iconic pink fluorescent lighting throughout the set.

Having got the crowd bouncing in unison, Healy then slowed the set down with instrumental tracks from their latest album.

What struck me in this lull was that Healy seemed to enjoy his bandmates talent just as much as the rest of us, with the focus entirely on bassist Ross Macdonald, drummer George Daniel and guitarist Adam Hann.

The crowd’s attention was even turned to saxophonist guest John Waugh, who’s become a frequent feature on the band’s tracks.

A moment was also directed to the state of the world, with Healy saying: “Festivals represent the kind of world we want, if it was all like this we’d be fine. I don’t want to offend anybody ever, I just want to spread love and unity.”

Finally fans were given what they’d really waited for, with smash hits Chocolate and The Sound rounding off the set.

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