This was one I was excited to hear about when it was announced, being a fan of the band and having a chance to shoot a second world class band in as many days. I've shot them in Belfast twice before and I've loved the energy Matty Healy (lead singer) provides. It's challenging to do justice to the performance, even more so with the wall of screaming teenagers sitting 3 feet behind you.
Support for The 1975 is always good to discover artists that will be big in the future; with Wolf Alice supporting the last 1975 gig in Ulster Hall, when most people, including myself, hadn't a clue who they were.
Pale Waves were the first support with a synth 80's style sound I would highly recommend a listen, as The 1975 produced their current single 'There's a Honey'. They also had the flair of a band that would have been headlining, which I'm sure won't be far away.
Picture This were next on stage, with a pop rock sound, slightly subdued when compared with the first band, but the crowd seemed to be into it, maybe the dreamy looks of the main singer appealed to the teenage girls more than me.. who knows. But I'm sure they're also set for big things, as they've secured a support slot for one of the biggest bands in the world, only 2 years after forming!
Inevitably when The 1975 walked on stage all hell broke loose, with girls screaming as if someone had unleashed a lion into the crowd. Matty Healy has a swagger that comes with being in a band as big as his, with his movement on stage completely random and great for photos.
There was a moment early on in the set, where he pointed to some of the photographers and started pulling Madonna Vogue-esque poses and I'm just glad I had the right lens on and was paying attention, as it was over as soon as it had begun. Another example of why they're so great to shoot. You wouldn't get this from Noel Gallagher,
I often get asked 'I suppose you get to see all the band for free then?'. but it doesn;t quite work like that, I find myself too immersed in predicting what is going to happen next and generally shooting the gig, that I can't be a punter and just enjoy the gig.
So whenever the third song had finished, I had edited/uploaded some images, I made myself into the crowd to shoot some wide shots. I was able to get into the lighting tent which is positioned in the crowd and has three levels. The third of which was not being used and provided the best seat in the house. It was only then I was able to put my camera down for one song and truly enjoy the show, when they just happened to play my favourite song of theirs; 'Me'.