The 1975 and Matty Healy: 2020 UK tour, tickets, new album and more
British indie rock band The 1975 are going on a 2020 UK and Ireland tour in support of their upcoming fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form.
The follow-up to their No.1 record A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, they will be performing their new tracks in 12 cities across the British Isles including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin and more.
Formed in Manchester in 2002 by Matthew “Matty” Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel, The 1975 will be kicking off their UK arena tour on 15 February in Nottingham. Notably, The 1975 will be planting a tree for every concert ticket purchased.
Notes on a Conditional Form is also being released on the same day as their performance at London O2 Arena, which is already sold out. The album’s first single, “People”, has been described as “a bone-rattling rallying cry for humankind to sort their shit out” by NME.
The band have also collaborated with the world’s most famous environmental activist, Greta Thunberg. She will appear on the opening track for Notes on a Conditional Form, titled “The 1975”, narrating in a spoken word essay humanity’s impact on the planet and the choices we face in fixing it. All proceeds from the song will go to environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion.
“She’s so famous in regards to iconographically famous. You know she’s like, on a poster with Gandhi kinda-famous,” says lead singer Matty Healy, as quoted by NME.
He continues, “I’d been kind of, not pessimistic, but just quite a depressed outlook on the [climate]. Kind of like a nihilistic, almost, attitude of ‘oh well, we’re all fucked’. Then after meeting her – even though she’s the most serious person you could ever meet in regards to her conviction and how it feels when you talk to her — I kind of left with a bit of hope, you know?”
Healy is never one to shy away from disruptive and controversial opinions — or actions. While performing in Dubai over the summer, he kissed a male fan on stage. It is illegal to be gay in the country, though Healy said, “It is not me that needs to change, it is the world that needs changing,” according to the BBC.
All this buzz only serves to get fans more excited to see The 1975 on tour. Can’t wait until it kicks off in February 2020? Keep reading for everything you need to know before you go.
The 1975 fast facts
- Formed: 2002
- Group members: Matty Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesisers), Adam Hann (lead guitar, keyboards, synthesisers, sampler, backing vocals), Ross MacDonald (bass, keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals), George Daniel (drums, percussion, backing vocals, keyboards, synthesisers)
- Number of studio albums: 4 released, 1 upcoming; The 1975 (2013), I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It (2016), A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018), Notes on a Conditional Form (2020)
- Musical style: Indie rock, synth pop
- Most famous singles: “The Sound”, “Sincerity Is Scary”, “Somebody Else”, “TooTimeTooTimeTooTime”, “Love Me”, “Chocolate”, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”
Why are The 1975 called The 1975?
The 1975 is called the 1975 after notes lead singer Matty Healy found in a copy of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”. The book was given to him by a local whilst on holiday in the north of Majorca, Spain.
Healy tells The Guardian, "I found a page of scribblings. It wasn't really disturbing or dark or anything... the important thing that stuck with me was that the page was dated '1st June. The 1975'. At the time I just thought that the word 'The' preceding a date was a strong use of language. I never thought it would be something that would later come to be so important. When it came to naming the band, it was perfect.”
When is the release date for The 1975’s new album?
The 1975’s fourth album Notes on a Conditional Form is being released on 21 February 2020. Thus far, the only two tracks that are known are lead single “People” and “The 1975”, narrated by Greta Thunberg.
Clearly the album is still being produced, as Healy told the BBC earlier this month: “It's like half-way done. Sometimes we'll write a song and it has a really traditional form, and we'll go, "Oh, that's cool". A 'song-song' we call it. And then a lot of stuff is less linear, all over the place. But we just love the way it exists like that too. With this record at the moment, I'm constantly thinking, we're getting pretty big, can we really make a record like this? Can we really make a record that the only thing we thought about is, am I vibing on this?”
Given that all three of The 1975’s previous albums have reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, there’s little doubt that Notes on a Conditional Form will be a huge hit here.
What are The 1975’s 2020 UK tour dates?
The 1975 will be embarking on a 13-date UK and Ireland tour in February and March 2020. They will be joined by supporting acts Pale Waves and No Rome. The shows were so popular that the band added an additional performance at London’s O2 Arena on 22 February.
The 1975 2020 tour dates:
- 15 February — Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
- 16 February — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
- 17 February — First Direct Arena, Leeds
- 19 February — Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
- 21 February — The O2 Arena, London
- 22 February — The O2 Arena, London
- 23 February — Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
- 25 February — Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
- 26 February — M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
- 28 February — Manchester Arena, Manchester
- 29 February — P&J Live Arena, Aberdeen
- 1 March — SSE Hydro, Glasgow
- 3 March — 3Arena, Dublin
How to get The 1975 tickets?
Tickets for the 1975’s 2020 tour went on sale 21 September 2019 on Ticketmaster. Many shows are already ‘low availability’ or sold out, and the rest will doubtlessly go soon too. Don’t worry — you can find guaranteed genuine The 1975 tickets on StubHub.