The 1975 & Wolf Alice LIVE @ Norwich UEA 15.2.14

On Saturday 15th February 2014, the 1975 concluded their UK tour with a sold out night at the UEA, Norwich.

I had high expectations for the first support act, Wolf Alice, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Despite a guitar breaking mid-set, they brought it back with an extremely energetic stage presence; the band seemed to be having so much fun and I definitely wanted to join with the rebellious, angsty rock pop of ‘Fluffy’ a particular crowd pleaser. Ellie Roswell’s hypnotising, delicate voice amongst the haunting guitar tones created an eerie atmosphere during ‘Blush’ whilst the crowd was rejuvenated with the upbeat, catchy ‘Bros’. An outstanding performance.

The second support act was The Neighbourhood, from who I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Although they’re not my preferred genre of music, I appreciated their performance which was improved with a spectacular light sequence and an engulfing stage presence. Their best known track single ‘Sweater Weather’ managed to get the crowd singing along to the chorus, or at least the elongated word ‘cold’.

After enduring a dragging wait, the 1975 finally emerged on stage, accompanied with the screaming of 100s of prepubescent girls. Their opening song ‘The City’ got things off to a good start with the mixture of a cheerful crowd and colourful lights, together creating a magical atmosphere. It has to be said I think The 1975 struggled to follow from the high standards set by Wolf Alice, but there was some notable highlights.

One of those was hearing ‘Girls’ live. This really brought everyone together and the whole crowd singing along generated a massive sense of unity. After briefly leaving the stage, they returned to a chanting of “we want sex”. I feel that the encore was the greatest aspect of the gig. Following ‘Robbers’, the 1975 got everyone going with their fine performance of their most well known song, ‘Chocolate’.

The atmosphere for their final song, ‘Sex’ was exaggeratedly lively with a sold out venue simultaneously shouting “SHE’S GOT A BOYFRIEND ANYWAY” was a thrilling experience! Overall a top night was had by all.

Emily Burrows