Social Sec Sorcha Hornett reviews Tom Odell's enjoyable and energetic recent stop at Birmingham's O2 AcademyWritten by Sorcha Hornett on 14th January 2019
Live Review: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Hannah Strong samples the 5 Seconds Of Summer live show.
Having been fortunate to see 5 Seconds of Summer live numerous times and watch them progress to bigger, more iconic venues each time, seeing them headline their 2nd UK arena tour was pretty incredible. The 16,000 attendees didn’t phase the band – they still took the time to truly connect with the audience. The crowd’s spirits were somewhat high as the support act Jessarae took the stage, warming up the crowd and singing a great cover of Selena Gomez’s ‘Same Old Love’. After what then seemed like an eternity, the lights went down and the arena was in full scream and happiness mode as 5SOS entered the stage.
“'They emitted high energy with their iconic guitar riffs and drumbeats, engulfing screams and yells from the crowd'
It was impossible to miss the close proximity between the crowd and the band. The mid set tear-jerkers epitomised this, with ‘Amnesia’, ‘Jet Black Heart’ and ‘Beside You’ leaving the audience with chills down their spines. With nothing but the band and the fans singing back, it was truly a magical moment. Something else overlooked is just how much 5SOS appreciate their fans and how they make it as much about them as it is about the band. Constantly including the fans and thanking the fans after every few songs, it was truly incredible to see such a close knit atmosphere.
“'‘She’s Kinda Hot’ and ‘She Looks So Perfect’ was the perfect way to end the show'
Overall, 5 Seconds of Summer put on an amazing, energetic performance. Having achieved unbelievable success over the past few years, Sounds Live Feels Live proves why they’re so successful. It’s clear that they’ve worked unbelievably hard to be where they are now and that they’re not taking any of it for granted. With dedicated fans and a raw talent that cannot be missed, 5 Seconds of Summer were a pleasure to watch and they could’ve easily have kept playing all night without it ever getting slightly boring. The way things are going, this won’t be the last time 5SOS perform at the Genting Arena.