The 1975: Expectation vs. Reality

The 1975 is a band that I can always turn to when I feel like I have too many thoughts in my mind. I’ve listened to both of their albums a million times over and I’ve gushed to anyone that will listen about the symbolism, artistry, and overall energy the band produces. After seeing them live for the first time this past summer, I was in awe of and addicted to everything about them.

Seeing the band live is an experience and I was curious to see if my second time seeing them live would be any different than the first. Not necessarily better or worse, but there is no way to exactly reproduce a moment in time, so I knew I was in for an interesting concert.img_3386


Going┬áto the concert I was expecting the usual. Dynamic instrumentals, compelling vocals, 1478931203494poetic lyrics, stimulating lights…the typically brilliant 1975. I was expecting to feel transformed by the power of the music I was experiencing, because even
when I listen to the band on my phone while walking to class, I feel like I’ve learned a little bit more about myself and about the world around me.


After almost a week after seeing the band live I can still feel the bass vibrating my bones, and I can still feel the warmth of the unimaginable amount of love being produced in the venue. Somebody asked me how I felt after seeing the show and I told them I “spiritually cleansed” and I’ll stick with that description until the day I die. Seeing The 1975 live came at a time when all I was seeing and feeling around me was negativity, and after hearing all of my favorite songs live and singing along with every word, I felt like every bit of negative energy had left my body and I was completely content. When the band changed the set and played Robbers (my favorite song of all time) I couldn’t help but think the universe knew I needed to hear it.

The concert was almost surreal. When I’d seen The 1975 in the summer it had been an outdoor concert and I had lawn seats. Don’t get me wrong, sitting on the lawn with my best friend, listening to the music was a blast but being 30 feet away from the stage was definitely a different experience and delivered a different vibe.

The 1975 did not disappoint, so if you have a chance to see them at one of their remaining tour dates, consider going! You’ll thank yourself that you went.

-Swaggie Maggie

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