If you’d have told me that witnessing Matty Healy eat raw meat and kiss fans was on my bingo card for 2023, I’d have thought you were lying.
Having many sold out performances across America with supporting acts like Phoebe Bridgers in Los Angeles, the UK knew this was going to be an experience to remember.
I couldn’t wait to see how they would fair at the Nottingham gig and it truly lived up to the TikTok hype.
Dominating the music scene in 2022 with the success of The 1975’s most recent album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’, the band continue to be thriving this year.
Consisting of lead vocalist Matty Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer George Daniel along with their entourage helping them tie the night together.
The motto of the tour being ‘At Their Very Best’ – it is sure to say that is the case.
Their UK tour kicked off at Brighton on January 8 and even consisted of a surprise performance from Taylor Swift at their London night one gig, Taylor performing ‘Anti-Hero’ for the very first time.
Sadly Nottingham had no special guest, although no surprise.
It had a stage like no other, recreating a house with many lamps, televisions and old furniture.
Entering the house one by one switching the lamps on creating the perfect build up for the show.
Starting off with a performance of ‘The 1975’, Matty Healy began the show by playing the piano with a cigarette in his hand and a bottle of wine.
He went on to sing songs such as ‘I’m In Love With You’ and ‘About You’.
Finishing off the first half of the show performing the songs from their recent album, we went into the second half of their iconic songs with Matty Healy’s telling the crowd “I’m confused and I’m horny and that’s all I know.”
In the space of the next couple of minutes, he touched himself, ate raw meat and climbed into a tv.
Something only he could get away with – it was weirdly perfect.
With their concerts going viral all across ‘for you pages’ on TikTok with hilarious remarks from Healy during the song ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’ – it was exciting to see what Nottingham would get during the song:
“Don’t throw lozenges on this stage.” Healy told Nottingham, although it turned out to be a plan B pill.
Using the noise from fans, they decided what song to add to the night – however decided to treat the crowd to two songs with playing ‘Menswear’ and ‘Paris’.
There was an electric atmosphere of fans of all ages with them being over 10 years old – fans even took to recreating outfits worn by members of the band.
A range of trousers, white shirts, ties and waistcoats were seen across the arena.
Ending the gig with their song ‘Sex’ which was released in 2012, it was a particularly lively finale with them jumping around the stage along with the crowd.
By the end of the night I was definitely ‘At My Very Best’.