5SOS Drops Boy Band Status For Gritty Performance Not For The Shy – Lottie Gibbons

They were once icons of teenage pop, but upon their return to Liverpool, 5 Seconds of Summer proved they were a timeless band here to stay.

5SOS made a name for themselves in 2013 while touring with One Direction on their Take Me Home Tour. Propelled to international fame, they instantly became teen idols.

However, as many other bands have discovered, a rapid rise to stardom can often come with an expiration date. Fortunately, after several years of maintaining a new, more mature identity, 5SOS has carved out a unique place for itself in the fierce industry.

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At Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, the quartet, consisting of Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, had the audience on their feet as they performed an impressive 26-song set.

It’s a smart setlist composition, considering the diversity of their audience. Last night there were parents chaperoning their kids, groups of teens and 20-somethings looking for a bit of nostalgia.

But this hurdle was easily overcome as their set consisted of a myriad of genres that all ages could enjoy. Their last songs from the album Calm, introduced a new style of industrial rock combined with the new wave. Teeth, Wildflower and No Shame were well received by the crowd. And of course, their acclaimed 2014 hit “She Looks So Perfect” proved particularly popular.

5SOS’ supporting act, COIN, also brought them credit. Their songs ‘Talk Too Much’ and ‘Brad Pitt’ were the perfect intro to a pop-rock night and their stage presence was electrifying.

Away from the music, Michael, Luke, Calum and Ashton all reiterated their gratitude to be back on stage following the coronavirus pandemic. Their tour was originally scheduled to begin in May 2020, this was later postponed to 2021, before being postponed again to 2022.

Each member spoke individually to the crowd for a few minutes between songs. It was a great idea and a reminder of the quality of having live music.

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