5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – Live Music Review, Entertainment Centre, 27th June 2015

Last night, 5 Seconds of Summer performed their sold-out show at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre for their Rock Out With Your Socks Out headlining tour. Teenage girls filled the arena waiting to see the Sydney heartthrobs, who are currently taking the pop world by storm.

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5 Seconds of Summer gave a stellar performance at AEC last night

5SOS found fame on YouTube, like many other Gen Y talents, picking up a massive following in 2012 after posting cover songs like Chris Brown’s ‘Next to You’ which received over 600,000 hits.

It wasn’t until 2014 when One Direction announced the Aussies would be supporting them on their monster Take Me Home tour that 5 Seconds of Summer truly made a name for themselves internationally.

Opening the show for 5SOS on this tour is New York pop punk outfit State Champs. Formed in 2010, the five-piece grabbed attention with their 2013 album The Finer Things, which debuted at number two on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. State Champs are what it might sound like if One Direction and Good Charlotte had a baby.

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Sydneysiders 5 Seconds of Summer show why they’re achieving international stardom

State Champs played some crowd pleasers like “If I’m Lucky” and “Elevated”, and then slowed it down with some acoustic renditions from their more recent 2014 album, The Acoustic Things which added a soulful element to their punk-pop image.

State Champs were a perfect warm up for the main event, and excitedly announced during their set they’re bringing out a new album soon.

It was true boy-band pandemonium when 5 Seconds of Summer finally burst onto the stage. The band is currently playing dates through Australia and New Zealand on the back of their recently released self-titled debut album. The crowd’s energy was electric, and the expectation was high in the packed arena. The guys opened with a cover of  Fountains of Wayne’s 2003 hit ‘Stacey’s Mom’ and absolutely nailed it.

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5 Seconds of Summer gave screaming teenage fans what they came to see: a high energy set with plenty of room to swoon.

Playing all their most loved songs including ‘Out of Our Limit’, ‘Permanent Vacation’, ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’, ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ and, of course, their smash hit ‘She Looks So Perfect’, 5SOS looked genuinely happy and humbled to be in front of such an adoring audience, and rewarded them with a quality show.

They then killed it with another cover, this time taking on Green Day’s  chart topper ‘American Idiot’. The band remained on fire all night, commanding the crowd and luring them to their feet to dance and sing along to songs like ‘Beside You’ and ‘Amnesia’.

As well as belting out their hits, 5SOS had some important things to say about equality. Stopping the show to take a moment to congratulate the USA’s decision to legalise marriage equality across all 50 states, the guys didn’t shy away from voicing a negative opinion on the Australian government’s stance on the matter.

After thunderous applause and pleas for an encore, 5SOS came back to play ‘Good Girls’, ‘Slow Down’ and their final killer cover of The Romantics’ ‘What I like About You’ which brought the house down.

5SOS exceeded the crowd’s expectations and put on a truly amazing performance. In a short four years, they’ve achieved a huge amount, and have an incredibly bright future ahead of them. Giving a high-energy show, 5SOS are a tight musical unit with some exceptional song writing skills. They command their audience (which results in a collective swoon), and they are natural performers, clearly enjoying their time on the stage.

From here, the Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour will go to Perth and then continue on to North America and finish in Florida in September.

Review and photos by Daisy Sumersford

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