The 1975 announced today that all upcoming dates for their 2021 tour have been cancelled amid the ongoing crisis and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cheshire group were scheduled to play a multitude of shows this year, including dates at London’s Finsbury Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during the summer.
Announcing via Twitter post, the band expressed their heartfelt regret over cancelling the tour, but rationalised their decision by stating it was the “best course of action” to facilitate the refund of all purchased tickets. The decision comes as the entire UK live music industry is mired in confusion and uncertainty over its fate this year, with some of the UK’s biggest festivals at risk of being called off by the end of this month.
The 1975 wrote: “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 (@the1975) January 12, 2021
To alleviate some of the disappoint of their fans, the band confirmed via the same post that work on a follow up album to last year’s ‘Notes of a Conditional Form’ was underway. “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 confirmed. “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.” Lead singer Matt Healy declared yesterday that he is “very excited about new music in the coming months with some brilliant new artists” via an Instagram post. Responding to a comment on whether he might be collaborating with artists Beabadoobee or Charli XCX, he simply wrote: “BOTH”.
Healy roused excitement among his fan base in December 2020 after alluding to new content under the band’s old moniker, ‘Drive Like I Do’ – now a side project and “not the 1975″.
Responding to a fan’s question during an Instagram live session back in December, Healy stated that a new Drive Like I Do album would be out “probably in February”. Despite years of teasing over new content under this name – with little come to fruition – an impending release now seems more likely than ever, after Healy pointed fans to a new Instagram page set-up for the band.