The 1975 are set to go on an “indefinite hiatus” from touring following their current run of dates. Although, before you get too excited, that probably just means they’re going to go and record a new album.
“We love coming to this place and playing for you guys whenever we have the chance, and it’s wonderful you’re all here”, frontman Matt Healy told an audience in Sacramento, California earlier this week. “After this tour we will be going on an indefinite hiatus of shows, so it’s wonderful to have you guys with us tonight”.
The band’s ‘Still… At Their Very Best’ tour is set to run to March 2024 - with UK shows scheduled for February - so we’re currently some way off this promised hiatus. And that gives Healy plenty of time to stir up more controversy.
In recent months, he has done an apparent Nazi salute on stage, made racist comments on a podcast, and caused the cancellation of an entire festival in a botched attempt to speak up for LGBTQ+ rights in Malaysia.
Not that any of that seems likely to be the reason for band deciding to stop performing for a while. After all, after two years on the road it’s quite usual for bands to stop for a bit and record a new album. So we can probably take Healy’s announcement as confirmation that there is a sixth 1975 album on the way.