Canadian Beats Passport – Show Review – The 1975 in Toronto, ON

Who: The 1975, The Japanese House, No Rome
When: Monday, June 3, 2019
Where: Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON

The 1975‘s North American tour wrapped up this week in Toronto with the largest show they’ve played in Canada to date. The show was a popular one, with fans camping out as many as four days to get a front row spot, and a number of celebrities attending the show including Toronto’s Shawn Mendes.

Sticking to tradition, The 1975’s openers are also their label-mates on Dirty Hit Records. No Rome was first to take the stage with his pop and contemporary R&B sound. Although his set was short, it was sweet, leaving fans excited for the rest of the lineup.

Next was The Japanese House. Following the release of her debut album Good At Falling this past March, The Japanese House has found major success as an unlikely pop star. Her deep and soft vocals mixed with muted drums and infectious synths made for a groovy and vibey set.

In the moments leading up to The 1975’s set, I spoke to some of the fans in the front row, many of whom had spent several days lined up for the show. They were feeling a mixture of excitement, sadness, and exhaustion, as this was the final show of the band’s North American tour; for some this was their 8th show on this tour alone.

The lights went down and The 1975’s latest version of their self-titled track played out with its lyrics flashing on the massive screen that backed the band’s elaborate stage setup. The track lives at the beginning of each of their LPs with the same lyrics but as a different variation every time, establishing the sound and vibe for each new era. As the final line rang out, the band entered the stage and jumped right into “Give Yourself A Try,” followed by the fun “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” both off The 1975’s latest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (ABIIOR). The crowd immediately surrendered themselves to the band, pouring every ounce of their energy into jumping, head-banging, and screaming the lyrics.

Throughout the set, fans were treated to selections off each of The 1975’s three albums, including “fallingforyou” and “Love Me,” from their first and second albums respectively. The band was also joined by opener No Rome for his irresistibly catchy “Narcissist” featuring 1975 frontman Matty Healy. Several times throughout the set, Healy would pause to comment on the issues of our modern world. He and the band have been vocal on the current political situation and the amount of gun violence in the United States and this night was no different; this concert was definitely special and left us feeling empowered.

The 1975 has another album, Notes On A Conditional Form, due out later this year.

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