The 1975

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The 50 best albums of 2020: the full list
Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

18, Dec, 2020 @8:07 AM

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The 1975: Notes on a Conditional Form review I Alexis Petridis's album of the week
Piling on genres and themes, the unwieldy NOACF smartly interprets contemporary chaos yet seriously lacks quality control

Alexis Petridis

21, May, 2020 @11:00 AM

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This week's best culture, at home – from Korean ballet to a David Nicholls-inspired radio play
The Observer’s critics recommend the best new arts shows to enjoy on TV, on the radio and online

17, May, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Matty Healy: ‘I’m not an avocado – not everyone thinks I’m amazing’
Divisive motormouth or voice of a generation? The creative force behind Britain’s biggest band doesn’t care what you call him – there’s a crisis going on

Dorian Lynskey

16, May, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The 1975 commit to playing only gender-balanced music festivals
Following criticism of Reading and Leeds festival for its heavily male lineup, frontman Matt Healy says ‘this is how male artists can be true allies’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

12, Feb, 2020 @12:43 PM

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Laneway festival review – the 1975, Charli XCX offer something to hope for
Footscray Park, Melbourne
Now more Big Day Out than boutique, the travelling festival proves rock’n’roll is undergoing constant regeneration

Brodie Lancaster

10, Feb, 2020 @1:54 AM

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Madonna, Motown and Mongolian metal: the music to listen out for in 2020
The queen of pop gets intimate, Taylor Swift feels the sunshine and Stormzy takes on the world … plus, classical celebrations begin for Beethoven’s 250th

Alexis Petridis and Andrew Clements

01, Jan, 2020 @11:00 AM

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'I made excuses': music industry frets over becoming carbon neutral
Coldplay and Massive Attack have pledged more environmentally sound tours this week – but given the financial and artistic importance of touring, the industry faces tough challenges

Lowri Ellcock

29, Nov, 2019 @12:41 PM

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Coldplay pause touring until they can offer 'environmentally beneficial' concerts
British group delay tour to support new album Everyday Life as they work towards developing carbon-neutral concerts

Laura Snapes

21, Nov, 2019 @10:24 AM

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Mercury prize 2019: Dave wins for Psychodrama, plus all the action as it happened
Streatham MC beats Idles and Slowthai for the most prestigious award in British music – follow our coverage here

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, Sep, 2019 @9:43 PM

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Mercury prize 2019: rapper Dave wins for 'exceptional' Psychodrama
The south London artist wins the £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian hailed as ‘fearless and incisive’

Laura Snapes

19, Sep, 2019 @9:22 PM

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Pop's need for speed: 'You have to drop new stuff constantly'
Pop stars are under pressure to produce a continuous stream of new music, with many releasing two albums a year. What’s behind the explosive pace?

Aimee Cliff

19, Sep, 2019 @4:08 PM

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