The 1975, and particularly the band’s frontman Matty Healy, aren’t shy about standing up for what they believe in. The band continuously use their music to spread a message about topics such as politics, climate change, mental health and more.
Healy himself has been known for pulling stunts onstage and saying things in interviews that align with his outlook. We’ve rounded up 10 times Healy wasn’t afraid to stand up for his beliefs in a major way. You can check those out below.
1. When he promised the 1975 would only play gender-inclusive shows
Take this as me signing this contract – I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. But from now I will and believe this is how male artist can be true allies ❤️ https://t.co/1eaZG2hEze
— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 12, 2020
In February, Healy announced that the band will no longer be playing festivals where the lineup doesn’t have equal gender representation. Healy has spoken about misogyny in the music industry in the past, and this was a major way for the 1975 to act as an ally to other acts.
2. When he gave an intense speech about reproductive rights
I am retweeting this as it is an incredibly pressing issue https://t.co/PmwVRJzhZm
— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) May 18, 2019
Healy railed against the abortion ban and advocated for women’s rights by giving a passionate speech during the band’s performance in Alabama last year. “The reason I’m so angry is because I don’t believe [the ban] is about the preservation of life. I believe it’s about the controlling of women,” Healy says from the stage at Hangout Music Festival. Fans praised him for speaking out, especially at a show in the state where the ban was effective.
3. When he protested anti-LGBT laws in Dubai by kissing a male fan
But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see 🙂
— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) August 15, 2019
Healy protested Dubai’s anti-LGBTQ laws by kissing a male fan during a gig in the Arab state. While the band played “Loving Someone,” he left the stage to kiss a male fan on the lips.
4. When the band addressed mental health with “Frail State Of Mind”
This past October, the 1975 dropped “Frail State Of Mind,” which tackles anxiety. Healy spoke about the Notes On A Conditional Form track after it dropped, saying the band went inward for the song because they were frightened.
5. When they partnered with teen climate activist Greta Thunberg
The band released a self-titled track featuring Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, which was the perfect pairing considering Healy and the band are relentless supporters of climate change activism. They also endorsed a campaign that’s fighting for emergency climate change action.
6. When Healy declared that he felt like he was “in one of the only punk bands in the world”
Last August, Healy gave an interview where he expressed that he’d “go to jail” for his beliefs, which included standing up for women, gay people and minorities. He also said he feels “like [he’s] in one of the only punk bands in the world.”
7. When he spoke about misogyny in the music industry during an award speech
— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) February 20, 2019
At the 2019 BRIT Awards, Healy addressed “male misogynist acts” in the music industry when he accepted the 1975’s award for Best British Group. He was inspired by a piece from The Guardian about allegations against Ryan Adams.
8. When Healy called out bands for making music without a message
Healy made some comments about Imagine Dragons for lacking a message in their music and their frontman’s response to some negativity. “My point wasn’t that Imagine Dragons aren’t good. I don’t care,” Healy says. “If you’re that big, if you’re the biggest alternative band in America radio-play wise, and you’re saying nothing in your music—if you’re just saying words ‘radioactive whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa,’ you know what I mean—it’s just like, what’s the point?”
9. When the band showed their support for LGBT youth
— It Gets Better (@ItGetsBetter) April 14, 2017
In 2017, the 1975 partnered with the It Gets Better project, a nonprofit geared toward empowering LGBTQ+ youth. The band created a hoodie inspired by their anthem “Loving Someone” to raise funds for the project.
10. When they supported Planned Parenthood
Banning abortion is NOT what people in America want — and we will never stand for it. Together we stand, unified with nearly 140 musicians and millions more people across the country to tell politicians: get your #BansOffMyBody!
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) August 24, 2019
The 1975 joined dozens of other artists in a protest conceived by Planned Parenthood to fight against restrictive abortion laws. It was part of the organization’s plans to call fans to action at music festivals.