The 1975 made a stop at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre on Tuesday, December 8 with support act Swim Deep.
The show began promptly at 7:30 p.m. with Swim Deep opening with a song called “King City.” Aesthetically and musically, Swim Deep was a great opener for the 1975, and people were excited about them. They played a short set lasting until around 7:55 p.m. and quickly left the stage, leaving the overhead lights on full in anticipation of the 1975.
A humming noise started at around 8:10 p.m., and a friend who had previously seen the headliner before told me that this is something they normally do: the humming noise gets louder the closer it gets to when the set is scheduled to begin, which is a great way to build up anticipation. The crowd got louder as the humming did, and soon the light panels set up on stage lit up, signaling the start of the set. The 1975 began with a new song titled “Love Me” off of their upcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It and then went into “Heart Out” off of their self-titled album. It’s been cool to see their transition from an aesthetic of black and white to full-on color, especially with their stage production, which projected different scenes throughout the night. They had a lengthy 18-song set, which ended with “Medicine,” “Chocolate” and “Girls.”