The 1975 Dance the Night Away & Bash Donald Trump in L.A.: 'You're on the Edge of Something Very F---ed Up'

Billboard

It was a night driven by a kaleidoscope of stage visuals, dreamy synth-beats and instrumental breakdowns as The 1975 took over the Forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

With clouds of smoke covering the entirety of the stage, the British quartet came out ready to give an unforgettable show by opening with their self-titled track and transitioning into '80s-reminiscent singles "Love Me" and "UGH!"

"Los Angeles! This is f---ing mental! This is the biggest show we've ever played in the U.S.," lead singer Matty Healy yelled to the crowd. Healy was constantly taken aback as the crowd cheered on his funky dance moves. With slower songs like "Please Be Naked," Healy lost himself in a pop trance as he took a drag of a cigarette and continued to play the rest of the song.


The set list consisted of the band's hits and some songs that many fans thought they would never play, including "Milk" and "Undo." And for the first time, the band added many of their interlude songs from their No. 1 album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It into the set.

The band played song after song, but Healy also made it a point to use the stage as a platform for political awareness. "You're on the edge of something very f---ed up happening," he said in reference to the chance of Republican nominee Donald Trump becoming president. "But look at how many beautiful liberal people are here tonight!" Healy also encouraged the audience to vote. "Yeah, f--- Donald Trump," he said, and the crowd roared in agreement. 


Healy continued to switch between playing guitar on "Head.Cars.Bending" and doing his Michael Jackson-esque dance moves across the stage on "Somebody Else." Ending their pre-encore set with "Sex" was one of the few moments when die-hard fans and new followers came together to leave everything on the dance floor. The encore ended with latest hit "The Sound," and The 1975 left the audience in awe after performing songs for every type of fan across the spectrum. The concert even continued in the parking lot, as fans blasted the band through their car speakers. 

Set list:

"The 1975"
"Love Me"
"UGH!"
"​This Must Be My Dream"
"A Change Of Heart"
​"Heart Out"
"She's American"
"I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware Of It"
"Milk"
"M.O.N.E.Y."
"Undo"
"Loving Someone"
"Please Be Naked"
"Lostmyhead"
"Head.Cars.Bending"
"Somebody Else"
"Medicine"
"Girls"
"​Sex"

Encore:
"If I Believe You"
​"An Encounter"
"Robbers"
"Chocolate"
"The Sound"