Photos: The 1975 capture hearts at Bill Graham Civic
Photos: Gary Chancer
SAN FRANCISCO — The 1975 took the stage to an near-thundering collective scream of fans, many of whom had created a line several blocks long outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. They brought flowers and other gifts for frontman Matthew Healy, the object of affection for many.
The U.K. alt-rock and synth pop band a 19-song setlist, with the vast majority of material coming off 2016’s awkwardly titled I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. If there’s any evidence that The 1975 overcame any doubts of a sophomore slump, it was the band’s refusal to lean on material off 2013 self-titled debut. The new material has already caught fans’ admiration equally as much.
Colouring, a London quartet in the same vein as The 1975, kicked off the evening with a 30-minute set and delighted the crowd. Gothy Manchester dance pop band Pale Waves followed a seven-song set of their own. Lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie, decked in white face powder and red eye shadow, carried her own stage presence. The band concluded with “There’s a Honey” a track that was co-produced by The 1975’s Healy and George Daniel.