- 12 Jan 21
The indie-rock outfit claim that the cancellation is the “best course of action” amid huge uncertainty surrounding the return of live music.
The 1975 have announced the cancellation of their entire touring schedule for 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but consoled fans with the confirmation of a new album.
The band were set to play a number of rescheduled dates at venues, including London’s Finsbury Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this year.
“These are incredibly difficult times for a lot of people, and until we can be sure that we will be able to play shows in a way that is safe for our fans and crew, we have decided the best course of action is to cancel our touring so that, where possible, everyone can get their tickets refunded sooner rather than later,” The 1975 wrote.
In a distinctly more positive update, the band stated that they are already at work on the follow-up to 2020’s Notes On A Conditional Form.
“We’re currently making a new album and look forward to seeing you all at a show as soon as it is safe to do so,” the band said.
They added: “For information on refunds for Finsbury Park please go to your point of purchase. Stay safe and look after each other. Matty, George, Adam and Ross.”
The band's latest album became an immediate commercial hit - topping the UK albums charts in the week of its release and spanning influential tracks like 'Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America', 'People' and 'The Birthday Party' in the Odyssey's 22-track entirety.
"Even as a band of whom big things were expected, it’s fair to say The 1975 have outstripped the expectations of even their most ardent supporters. Indeed, Matty Healy and the boys have pulled off the trifecta only attained by the most elite of artists: critical acclaim, commercial success and – back in the halcyon days of large-scale events – arena-headlining status."
Read Paul Nolan's full 9/10 review of Notes On A Conditional Form for Hot Press last May here.
Despite the lack of touring, Healy commented yesterday that he is working on collaborations with the likes of fellow Dirty Hit darling Beabadoobee and Charli XCX.
Meanwhile, Healy also hinted in recent times that a new album under the band’s Drive Like I Do moniker may be coming out in February.