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(Photo by Cirse Mendoza)

(Photo by Cirse Mendoza)

By Cirse Mendoza, Chicago Math and Science

The 1975 is a band that has found its place in the hearts of many adolescents and young adults. It’s a band that consists of four band members (Matty Healy, Ross Macdonald, Adam Hann, and George Daniel) whose music has inspired and connected with so many people. Their albums have become the soundtrack to many people’s lives. And their liberal political and social views have created safe places in concert venues that hold 5,000+ people. So, it should come to no surprise that the 1975 had a pretty phenomenal show in Chicago on November 13th.

This was my third time seeing them perform live– and the third time is definitely the charm. Maybe it was the fact that I had a great group of friends around me, but to me it just seems like the 1975 have never had a bad show; it just so happens that this one was the best of the three.                

People who camped out got to be in the place they deserved to be. Often in concerts people who wait 12 or more hours in line get cut by people who come 20 minutes before. It’s understandable if one person hold a spot for one or two people. But most of the time this is isn’t the case, which angers many who have waited for much longer. Security handed out wristbands to the first 100 people who arrived. This made sure that everyone got the spot they deserved in the venue.

The connection between the crowd and the band was consistent throughout the entire show.  Many artists and their opening act have a hard time keeping a strong connection with the crowd throughout the whole show. With the 1975, it was completely different. Their opening act, 070 Shake, started this connection by playing rap/hip-hop songs that were relevant to many of the people in the audience and Chicago in general. Songs from Chance the Rapper to Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar and Rae Sremmurd were played. This definitely hyped up the crowd before the main opening artist came out: Shake, a female singer and rapper. She carried on that “hype-ness” throughout her set by getting physically closer to the crowd and emotionally closer by speaking to them about being gay in a world where Trump is the president. Then, when the 1975 came on, everyone was prepared to sing at the top of their lungs and connect with their favorite band. Usually people dread the opening act; many people feel as if the opening act is just keeping them away from seeing the main act. But this time it was different, because the opening act knew how to engage with the audience and prepare them for the best show of their life.

The people I was surrounded by the whole night were friendly, generous, cool, and overall the best people to attend a concert with. It is very difficult to attend a concert and be next to people who are friendly. Most people will just push and shove to get to the front without considering the experience and feelings of others. Some people also, unfortunately, forget to let loose and enjoy the moment. But when you do happen to be surrounded by amazing individuals who only want everyone to have a great time, you are filled with more happiness and comfort. Concerts are about seeing your favorite artist and letting go, but it is important that the people who are closest to you are positive and having just as much fun as you are. I’m no stranger to attending concerts alone, so when I do, I make sure that I make a friend and enjoy the show with them. Concerts are a space where it’s easier to talk to people because you all share a common interest that you can bond over. It does not mean that you have to be friends forever, but it is nice to share concert moments with a supportive group.

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