Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford make up 5 Seconds of Summer – a multi-award-winning Australian pop punk/rock band. Having previously supported One Direction at the Metro Radio Arena in 2013, the quartet returned to Newcastle on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 for their own headline show, as part of the Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour.
Support on the night came from Hey Violet, who recently signed to 5 Seconds of Summer’s own record label, Hi Or Hey Records. The American pop-rockers (who were formerly known as Cherri Bomb) warmed the crowd up with tracks such as “You Don’t Love Me Like You Should”, “I’m There” and a pop-punk cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”. They are certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.
Following a half an hour interval, the house lights went down once more and a countdown was projected onto the stage, as the excitement built in the sold-out Metro Radio Arena. As the clock struck zero, deafening screams echoed around the room and the four boys broke out into “End Up Here”, “Out Of My Limit”, “Heartbreak Girl” and “Voodoo Doll”.
The 18-song set list comprised of hits from 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled debut album and EPs, though the group also offered a taste of their upcoming second album in the form of “Permanent Vacation”. The up-tempo track channels Green Day (one of the band’s major influences) and features a highly catchy chorus: “Frustration, desperation / you say you need some counter medication / situation, no motivation, destination / what you need is a permanent vacation.”
Fans, who were donning merchandise such as t-shirts and foam fingers, didn’t have to wait long before the band returned to familiar territory, with the infectious riffs of “Don’t Stop”, “Disconnected”, “Long Way Home” and “Rejects”. For the duration of the 90 minute set, there was an ecstatic energy in the room, which bounced back and forth between the band and the crowd like a game of table tennis.
After the highly energetic opening, 5 Seconds of Summer slowed down proceedings for “Heartache on the Big Screen” and “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, before breaking into the shiver-down-your-spine, tear-inducing “Amnesia”. For the latter, onlookers shined the torches on their mobile phones and swayed in harmony. It was a truly stunning sight to behold, and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
With the end of the night quickly approaching, 5 Seconds of Summer picked up the pace with “Beside You”, “Everything I Didn’t Say” and a cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot”, before concluding their set with “Kiss Me Kiss Me” and their chart-topping debut single “She Looks So Perfect”.
Unsurprisingly, the 11,000-strong crowd demanded more, and they didn’t have to wait long before the encore. Following a short break, the boys returned to the stage to perform two last tracks: “Good Girls” and a cover of The Romantics’ “What I Like About You”.
As 5 Seconds of Summer took their final bow and thanked their fans for their continued support, the Metro Radio Arena burst into thunderous applause, and deservedly so. The band has managed to claw their way out of One Direction’s shadow to headline a sell-out European tour and to form their own loyal fanbase.
Despite their boyband credentials, 5 Seconds of Summer have a sound that is highly reminiscent of Blink-182 and Sum 41. This could be the revival the pop-punk genre has been waiting for.