The 1975 will make their live comeback at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival in August.
Matt Healy and co – who are currently in England “writing, recording and mixing” their follow-up to 2020’s ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ – will headline the festival in Tokyo and Osaka on August 20 and 21, following a two-year break from the road.
Summer Sonic – which takes place at Tokyos Zozomarine Stadium and Osaka’s Maishima Sonic Park – will also see performances from the likes of Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Yungblud and Maneskin.
The announcement regarding their live return comes after the ‘Chocolate’ group deleted their social media profiles and website, seemingly in preparation for their new era.
Matt, 32, previously revealed that being forced to take a break from touring amid the Covid-19 pandemic had been good for the band.
He wrote in a letter to fans: “Hello to all my darling The 1975 fans!! I do hope you are all well, considering how difficult things have been this year. It’s Matty here. I’ve been daydreaming about playing shows today – and although we definitely needed a break, I can’t tell you how much we miss spending those evenings with you guys.
“I think it’s fair to say that we maybe bit off slightly more than we could chew when it came to doing two full albums back to back. I don’t think the records suffered – if anything I think it gave them a strange energy and the last two records happen to be my favourites – but it definitely took its toll on us as individuals. It was wicked tho, beautiful! Like being beaten up by a magical unicorn!
“We had been either on tour or in the studio for nearly 8 years straight or some s*** – and I think that jolt that we ALL felt (globally) back in March as COVID-19 impacted all our lives provided us with a moment to reflect on stuff. (sic).