THE 1975

Friday, July 26

Main Stage

Straddling the line between hooky dance-rock and vintage adult contemporary sophistication, Britain’s The 1975 found massive success in the 2010s with their distinctively arty, if still undeniably mainstream, pop aesthetic. Showcasing lead singer Matt Healy’s croon, they built a loyal following with their extroverted live performances and buzzed-about 2012 single “Sex.” The track was included in their 2013 eponymous full-length debut, which brought them international stardom, topping the charts in the U.K. and reaching the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. They fared even better with their sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, which hit number one in both the U.K. and the U.S. and found them adding even more ambitious R&B influences to their sound.
The band’s popularity continued to rise as they continued to play shows across the U.K., and were also invited to perform at industry showcase SXSW in conjunction with a U.S. tour. That same year, the 1975 delivered their eponymous debut full-length, recorded with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). Featured on the album were several previously released tracks, including “Chocolate” and “Sex,” as well as the singles “Settle Down” and “Girls,” the latter of which peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. A number one album in the U.K., The 1975 helped build the band’s reputation in the States, where it reached number 28 on the Billboard 200.