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The 1975 confirm live comeback at Japan’s Summer Sonic this summer

The band are currently in the studio working on their fifth album

By Will Richards

The members of The 1975 pose inside a house in a black-and-white photograph
The 1975, 2022. (Photo: Jordan Curtis Hughes)

The 1975 have announced details of their first live show in two years, headlining Japan’s Summer Sonic festival this summer.

The band are currently at work on their fifth studio album, and hinted at a forthcoming announcement yesterday (February 14) when they deleted their social media accounts and wiped all content from their official website.

The website now only features a poster for the Summer Sonic show and a link to sign up for their official newsletter for any forthcoming news.

The 1975 will play Summer Sonic’s two dates, in Tokyo and Osaka, on August 20 and 21 this year, their only forthcoming live dates.

Last month (January 4), The 1975 confirmed that they were in the studio at work on upcoming new material, with the Manchester band’s frontman Matty Healy taking to Instagram to share a one-minute black-and-white video titled “Part 5, Day 1”.

The clip begins with the singer playing an acoustic guitar, with drums and piano also heard in the background. Later, the camera pans out to reveal what looks like a large studio space. Earlier today (January 5), Healy uploaded an image of the same setting. “Day 2,” he wrote as the caption.

Elsewhere, Jamie Oborne – The 1975‘s manager and Dirty Hit boss – shared a photo of a studio whiteboard that reads: “To Do: 1.) Make great record.” You can see the posts below.

As the band deleted their social media accounts over the weekend, Oborne told fans that he can’t wait for them to hear the band’s new album, which he described as “so beautiful”.

Healy and co. released their latest full-length, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, in May 2020. It followed on from 2018’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, the BRIT Awards’ Album Of The Year for 2019.

Last August, Healy told fans on Instagram that he was “making another ‘classic record’”. Then in October, he played two new songs – including one called ‘New York’ – while opening for Phoebe Bridgers at her show in Los Angeles. 

Healy said in February that he was focused on creating something new for his Drive Like I Do side project, which the singer previously described as “separate entity” to The 1975. “Finishing DLID today,” he wrote at the time. “It’s not a full album you guys r crazy.”