Having been to two 5 Seconds Of Summer shows previously, the bar was already set pretty high, and yet was still exceeded. With being a band for 12 years, the four Australians have not only expanded their fanbase but their own love for music with each new album.
Their latest album 5SOS5 has solidified the band’s ability to create up-tempo feel-good tunes (Best Friends) and relatable, emotional songs (Older). 5SOS5 is a personal favourite with wonderful, meaningful songs that demonstrate their musical talent brilliantly, such as Bad Omens and Easy For You To Say.
As suggested by the name, The 5SOS Show wasn’t just a concert; they had skits, mini games and spent plenty of time talking with the crowd. After a blood-pumping first act, 5SOS decided in a funny surgical-style skit that we needed to take things a bit slower, and thus transitioned to their more mellow and emotional songs, like Ghost of You and Amnesia.
A standout point from this tour was their revival of older songs, playing the fans most loved records from the first and second albums that hadn’t seen the stage in some years.
They even reached back to before their first album, creating a mini game with a giant inflatable dice with the name of all their throwback songs on each side. Once thrown into the crowd, the fans got to throw the dice around and see what song it landed on. On October 4th in Manchester, it was Voodoo Doll, a song from 2014 from their deluxe first album.
5SOS5 was announced a day after the band performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London to create their third live studio album The Feeling of Falling Upwards. The one-night-only concert had a 12-piece string orchestra and a 12-member gospel choir to perform both old and new songs ahead of the new album.
This concert had a strongly diverse crowd of all ages and genders, all singing along to every song. The band even asked who had been a fan since their days of touring with One Direction from 2013 to 2015, which a lot of people cheered to. The hype around 5SOS has settled within recent years, after their #1 Youngblood back in 2018, which is a shame, as their latest album is arguably their best and definitely deserves more recognition.
But that’s not to say that 5 Seconds of Summer don’t have a dedicated and loving fanbase, many of which have grown up with them, considering they hit success as young as 17. They have continued to prove themselves as skilled musicians and a powerful team, watching them live was an amazing experience no matter where in the stadium you’re sat.
As stated in the Apple music preview of their latest album, ‘5SOS is the sound of a band feeling increasingly comfortable in their own skin.’
You can listen to their latest album over on Music Apple right here.