The 1975 are currently touring and the band are well known for their views on climate change. There’s a collaboration with Greta Thunberg on the latest album with all proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion. And ahead of the tour, they promised to plant a tree for every ticket sold. Even the merch is sustainable, with fans asked to donate their old band t-shirts at Leeds Reading last year for reprinting with the latest design.
I joined the tour at Leeds Arena, where The Woodland Trust had been invited along to set their stall out and sign up members. They attracted loads of interest and I am happy to say I’m now a Woodland Trust newbie!
I photographed The 1975 years ago, when they’d just started out. As you can imagine, the light show’s considerably bigger now than it was then but the band still delivers its brand of pop rock with the same youth and energy. Maybe that’s partly because it’s still the same line up from when they got together as a bunch of four lads in Wilmslow. Just the addition of keys for the arena gig.
Often, I’m struggling to find enough light at a gig. On this occasion, the pit had the opposite problem. I started off at ISO 800 and ended up at 200. I’m pretty happy with the pictures though and throughout, there was a really nice vibe across the venue. It wasn’t rammed in there but The 1975 have clearly accrued a loyal band of followers, apparently happy to enjoy both the music and the ethical agenda. I was more than happy to climb on board, so thank you to The 1975. I’m already looking at what my Woodland Trust membership includes. Check it out..there’s way more to it than trees. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk