We expected a ton of fans of The 1975 (as many as 1,975 of them!) to descend on the Lower East Side this morning, and sure enough there’s been a line down the block all day long for the Brit band’s pop-up on the corner of Orchard and Delancey. We haven’t seen so many faithful flock to the Wallplay space since the cult of Tim and Eric took it over.
Photographer Aysia Marotta stopped by the space last night and got a sneak peek as the band helped set it up. She shared these exclusive shots with us. Swoon alert!
Aysia returned to the space at 8:30 a.m. this morning and fans were already in queue for the 10 a.m. opening. “Teenagers who skipped school were accompanied by their parents, who slept in sleeping bags on line while their children waited to meet the band,” she told us. You gotta figure some of these folks didn’t get to watch movies with Shia LaBeouf and weren’t about to get burned again.
Around noon, there were around 1,000 fans in line, by Aysia’s estimate.
Including these ladies.
At one point the band came out to be all Beatles.
Here’s a look at the 1975-mania from above.
After nearly six hours of waiting, Aysia finally got inside, where the boys were posing for photos with fans and signing copies of their new album.
The madness continues at 118 Orchard Street till about 5 or 6 p.m. tonight, when The 1975 will head back to London for their pop-up shop there Sunday.
Update, 4:10 p.m.: Seems the guys just left. There are still tix left to their Barclays show in May, if you want to see what the fuss is about.