REVIEW: 5 Seconds of Summer Play Manchester Arena

Pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) travelled to Manchester Arena last night as part of their second headline tour ‘Sounds Live Feels Live’ to perform their newest chart topping album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ which was released last year.

Taken by Beth Gardiner.

The band,  who only formed five years ago, have already gained huge success and from their performance last night, show no signs of slowing down.

The Australian band have already broke records around the world with the boys being the first Australian band to get their album to number one in the UK in 14 years.


The night began with the support act, Don Broco. The British rock band warmed up the crowd wonderfully despite their music being much heavier in comparison to the main act- this may have introduced some of the young crowd into a different genre than they are used to. Never the less, the non-offensive songs were still suited to the sold out arena and had many up and dancing to the loud, fast drumming and wild guitar.

Don Broco were chatty and cheerful towards the crowd even though many people were still only walking in to the arena towards the end of their quite short set which made their performance even more endearing. The crowd were most definitely loud and ready after they played their biggest hits including ‘Fire’.

It was then time for the intermission after the support act had ended, however it came as a surprise when the atmosphere momentarily changed when the music paused from Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back In Town’ to Prince’s ‘When Dove’s Cry’.

It was then time for 5 Seconds of Summer.

Taken by Beth Gardiner.

Playing songs from both albums, the arena got crazier as the night went on. With a perfect pace of slow songs such as ‘Waste The Night’ and up tempo songs such as ‘End Up Here’ it allowed the audience to take short breaks in between the roaring screams and dancing.

Here is the overall set-list for the night.

Despite the fun performance, Luke himself did admit that they were going through some vocal strain and struggled to hit some of the higher notes, however did pause to instead let the loud crowd take over and offer some help. The overall guitar and drum playing was very impressive with comments from surprised parents all around such as: “Wow, they are good aren’t they!”. Some drum and guitar solos left the full arena astonished at the talent which had clearly improved from previous tours.

Both bands did a great job at keeping the full night entertaining and the atmosphere on a constant high. Whilst at points vocal ability wavered, 5SOS saved themselves with their trademark high jumps and kicks, crazy instrument playing and well loved songs. It was definitely a night enjoyed by all.


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