The 1975, Glasgow Ovo Hydro

Three-and-a-half stars

For a man who says he never wanted to follow the family line into acting, Matty Healy loves theatrics.

Tonight's show at a sold-out Hydro, for which the hardiest of 1975 fans have camped outside the front door for two days, begins with the stage obscured by a black curtain, embellished only with a spotlight showing the band's name.

When it drops to a cacophony of screams we find the singer lounging on the couch of a plush suburban home, smoking a cigarette and drinking a pint of Guinness.

Periodically stopping to cuddle members of the band he swigs from a hip flask, hangs out of the prop window and insouciantly smokes at the piano to the soundtrack of 14,000 devotees screaming along.

Whether it's an ingenious meta deconstruction of the rockstar aesthetic or just being a bit of a berk is probably in the eye of the beholder, but unlike say, The Libertines in the 2000s or Oasis - more on them later - there's never any sense this will be anything other than a slick arena show.

The 1975 run through a slew of songs from their most recent album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language, with the bare minimum of crowd interaction - a "my, my, my" here, an "alright, alright" there - before the phalanx of prop televisions come to life.

The Herald: The 1975 at the Hydro in GlasgowThe 1975 at the Hydro in Glasgow (Image: Newsquest)

Healy swigs from a hip flask we're treated to a series of images documenting the state of the world - XL bullies, bombs in Gaza, the coronation of King Charles, the disappearance of the Titan sub - and well, the state of Matty Healy.

Television pundits describe the frontman as an "edgelord" and "secret Nazi", while Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher, with whom the singer has an ongoing war of words makes two appearances.

To recap briefly: Healy urged the estranged Gallagher brothers to "grow up", opining they could still today be the "coolest band in the world" were they not in the huff with each other. "What would he know about being in a cool band?", came the elder Gallagher's reply.

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To complain about such theatrics would be churlish - what is an arena rock show for if not being over the top - but it must be said the conceit is a bit hit and miss.

The high of a mass singalong to 'Robbers' is followed by two slower songs for which Healy mounts the roof of the prop house and there's appreciable checking of phones and refreshing of pints - don't forget some of those in the room have spent two days camping on a frozen patch of concrete by the Clyde for this.

The Herald: Matty Healy of the 1975 performs at the Hydro in GlasgowMatty Healy of the 1975 performs at the Hydro in Glasgow (Image: Jordan Hughes)

A technically impressive set piece for 'I Like America & America Likes Me' is rather undermined by hitting the audience across the face with its message while in other places the point seems rather scattershot. It's not quite clear what David Cameron being made a lord has to do with XL bullies, or how a second appearance from Noel fits in - if it's information overload there's a disparity in ubiquity here. And why are all the camera guys wearing lab coats anyway?

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The second half of the show, beginning after guitarist Polly Money takes over vocal duties for 'Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America' and titled Still... At Their Very Best is altogether more focused and rewarding.

The screen behind the set bursts into life for 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)' and what follows is a no-frills pop-rock show.

If some of Healy's stage banter, ironic or not, draws a cringe - he exhorts the crowd to "only throw underwear or cigarettes" - he's effusive in his love for the city citing smoking marijuana outside King Tut's as a formative memory.

The screaming returns to ear-shattering levels as The 1975 run through Be My Mistake, The Sound and a raucous Love It If We Made It.

There's no encore - that's one rockstar affectation Healy and friends eschew - and the night ends with a punky 'People' which even Mr Gallagher might find himself nodding along to.

The decision not to follow his mother and father into acting was a good one - the frontman and his band are a far better proposition as an arena rock band than as performance artists.