Group played the publication's stage at Reading + Leeds
Elliot Mitchell

10:13 27th August 2014

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The 1975 have revealed they never actually received their “Worst Band” award from NME, after ‘winning’ the title at the magazine’s award show earlier this year.

The band played a massive show to a gargantuan audience at Reading and Leeds last weekend (22-25 August), ironically appearing on The NME/Radio 1 stage at the festival. 

When asked about how they felt about the magazine now, frontman Matty Healy told Digital Spy "It's just quite funny. I never got that award, I was really annoyed. I don't care but I suppose if you make the forthright decision to give someone an award on a negative basis then you should do it!”

"They didn't give it to us and they didn't even present it at the thing, Wolf Alice were gonna go up and pick it up for me.”

Healy went on to explain that he harbours no negativity towards the publication, and instead hopes the magazine and the band can simply operate without interaction.

"I don't really care and I think the NME don't really care that much. It's so over now, we're from different worlds and, you know, the NME don't slag us off, they had one pop at us with that award. They don't slag us off, they just don't seem to like us.”

Watch The 1975 perform ‘Settle Down’ at Reading 2014 below:

Defending The 1975 to Gigwise in an interview earlier this year, the band spoke fondly of their tour with their Dirty Hit labelmates. 

"It was really good," said bassist Theo Ellis. "They get a lot of shit that they don't deserve. They've paid their dues and they can go anywhere in the world now and sell it out - and they totally deserve it. They've nailed it basically.

"They've done things in a similar way to us. They've been going for 10 years and it's all very natural. You listen to them and think their influences are a lot of Quincy Jones stuff, but they listen to At The Drive In and Deftones."

Drummer Joel Amey continued: "We loved it. They're really connected to this, not 'generation', but 'right now', if a certain type of person turned on the radio they would know The 1975. They have become a phenomenom.

"And they are really nice guys, all of them. We hang out with Ross when they're not on tour and stuff and Matt's a legend, they're all just great guys. You see it happen to some bands who just don't value it or treat their fans right but then there's The 1975 and they do deserve it and they do know their fans. They are phenomenal musicians and they love melody as much as aggression and they are greatly misunderstood."

The 1975 will tour the UK again in September, for more information and tickets visit here.

Full dates are as follows:

Sunday 21 September - Manchester o2 Apollo
Monday 22 September - Manchester o2 Apollo
Wednesday 24 September - Glasgow Barrowland
Thursday 25 September - Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 26 September - Manchester o2 Apollo 
Saturday 27 September - Manchester o2 Apollo
Monday 29 September - Woverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 30 September - London Alexandra Palace
Wednesday 1 October - London Alexandra Palace

Below: Photos: The 1975 stun crowds at Reading Festival

Grab your copy of the Gigwise print magazine here.

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