Emma's adventure to see The 1975

There is something really special about going to see your favourite band perform live. The anticipation, the atmosphere, the energy and the emotion are all the things that I love about a gig.Whenever I can combine my two passions; travel and live music, I jump at the chance. This time the passions were taking us on a road trip to Sheffield to see The 1975.

We had seen The 1975 begin there UK tour two weeks previously at The Hydro in Glasgow and now we were getting to relive it all over again at the Sheffield arena. What made it extra special was being at Glasgow for their opening show and now the final show of their tour.

The road trip began on Thursday afternoon and with reasonable traffic conditions, we managed to arrive at our hotel by 7pm. For our two nights in the Steel City, we choose to stay at the lovely DoubleTree Sheffield Park. Our wheelchair accessible room was fantastic and had more than enough space for moving around in my wheelchair. It was also really comfortable and stylish.

We started our Friday morning by ordering breakfast room service before driving into the city centre for a look around. Once we found an on-street disabled parking bay we strolled to The Peace Gardens which is a nice square with fun water fountains. I was tempted to drive through them in my wheelchair but I was worried I wouldn’t make it through in time and end up soaked.

Next to the Peace Gardens is The Winter Gardens, a large glasshouse with beautiful plants, a cafe and access to the Millennium Galleries, which we wandered around.

Afterwards, we headed back to the car and drove to Chatsworth House in the Derbyshire Dales. I couldn’t believe the size of this stunning stately home and its grounds. It was a dull, rainy and misty day when we visited, but it would be lovely to visit when the sun is shining and walk around the grounds.

It was now time for dinner at Frankie & Benny’s, which was handy as it was next to the Sheffield Arena. Parking was extremely easy because we had booked into the disabled parking at the arena. We got parked right at the front next to the entrance and straight into the venue.

Our accessible seats gave us a fantastic view of the stage so we were able to see everything that was happening. The atmosphere in the arena and The 1975 were out of this world. I would even go as far as saying it was the best show we have ever attended.

That is a bold statement to make especially after going to hundreds of shows, but The 1975 gave 200% and their performance was full of energy, passion, creativity, and excitement. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a crowd sing and scream as loud as they did for The 1975 in Sheffield Arena. Now, I can’t wait to see them again at Glasgow Summer Sessions in August.

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