Hailing from Manchester (prayers to everyone with Manchester ties) and coming off an album release in 2016, The 1975 is heading to the Bunbury Music Festival stage on Sunday June 4th.
Formed in 2002 when they were teenagers, the band (comprised of Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann, and George Daniel) performed under several different names including Me and You Versus Them, Forever Enjoying Sex, Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep, and Drive Like I Do before finalizing a band name. The 1975 choice was inspired by markings on the back of a poetry book by Jack Kerouac.
Their first EP Facedown was released in 2012 set them on a tour of the U.K. with charting singles like “Sex” (from their Sex EP album) and “The City” topping their setlists. Their hit single “Chocolate” was released in 2013 on the Music for Cars EP and reached No. 19 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The subsequent fourth album titled IV was released in May 2013 and received heavy airplay both inside and outside the U.K. Following a publicity stunt that removed their social media accounts and brought them back with pictures in white and light pink instead of black and white, The 1975 released their second full-length studio album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Four singles were released from the album before its February 2016 release and supporting tour. It hit the U.S. Billboard 200 and was received with high acclaim from critics.
The 1975 has toured heavily during their time thus far as a band, supporting acts like Muse on their The 2nd Law World Tour in London (2013) and The Neighbourhood and Rolling Stones in the U.S.
While we await the long-awaited 2018 release of their third studio album Music for Cars, catch up with The 1975 at Bunbury Music Festival on Sunday June 4th at 8:45 p.m. on the Sawyer Point Stage or see them on the next leg of their U.S. tour.