Sounds Live Feels Live

5 Seconds of Summer fans descended on the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Monday, April 18th, 2016, as part of the Aussie band’s “Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour”.

Kicking off the proceedings was 18-year-old singer-songwriter Jessarae, who performed a selection of his tracks, as well as an almost unrecognisable cover of Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” that was well-received by onlookers.

Jessarae was closely followed to the stage by British rock band Don Broco, who ramped up the energy in the room as they performed hits such as “Automatic”, “Superlove” and “Actors”, before finishing on their UK top 40 single “You Wanna Know”.

As the roadies and engineers, prepared the stage for 5 Seconds of Summer, the volume in the Metro Radio Arena turned up a notch, and fans didn’t have to wait long before Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford walked out playing “Carry On”.

Despite Michael admitting that he’d only had three hours sleep and Luke having issues with his voice prior to the show (something that was particularly noticeable within the first half an hour), the group showed an abundance of energy as they played lively hits including “Hey Everybody!”, “Money”, “Disconnected” and “Don’t Stop” – an early highlight.

The 21-song set list comprised of a mixture of tracks from the band’s two studio albums (“5 Seconds of Summer” and “Sounds Good Feels Good”) and their early EPs, as 5SOS continued with “Heartache on the Big Screen”, “Outer Space”, “Waste the Night” and “Castaway”.

After the highly energetic opening, 5 Seconds of Summer slowed down the proceedings for “Jet Black Heart”, “Amnesia” and “Vapor”, to which the audience (without prompting) shined the torches on their mobile phones and swayed in harmony. It was a truly captivating moment that certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

At a number of intervals throughout the show, the boys took some time out to interact with each other and the fans, much to the delight of the crowd. Such intermissions included an ode to Newcastle (“it’s not old castle”) and a “pinky promise” that fans would return for the band’s tour next year.

With the end of the night quickly approaching, 5 Seconds of Summer picked up the pace with “Permanent Vacation” and a cover of The Ramones’ “What I Like About You”, before returning for the encore to conclude the night with “She’s Kinda Hot” and their chart-topping debut single “She Looks So Perfect”.

Despite their boyband credentials which, more often than not, draw comparisons to One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer have more in common with the likes of Blink-182 and Sum 41. These are four incredibly talented lads who are bringing pop-punk to a new audience… and they’re doing it well.