Only three years ago 5 Seconds Of Summer were playing to a small crowd at The Old Museum in Brisbane and now their shows are very, very different. With a sold out arena Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford took the stage to 13,0000 hysterical teenage girls and gave them what they wanted; catchy hooks, humorous banter and sex appeal. The 90 minute show was a lackluster affair for anyone that wasn’t in the crazed age demographic. The show felt very disjointed and the setlist was mediocre and could have been a lot stronger with some of the surprising content they left out. Opening with the hook driving “End Up Here” they had every single person in the crowd up on their feet welcoming their arrival to ear deafening screams. Early set highlights were “Out Of My Limit”, “Don’t Stop”, “Disconnected” and “Long Way Home” but it was the middle of the show that became quite snooze worthy with a lot of “filler” tracks that didn’t bring any real purpose to their live show except helping increase the duration. The stripped back portion saw “Amnesia” and my personal favourite “Beside You” receive the cliché phone lights in the air treatment which was a cute moment. They then went on to do a cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot” and I honestly do not know how I feel about seeing 13,000 mostly underage teenage girls sing along word for word to a song that I was 10 when it came out in 2004. But they closed the show out strong with their hits “She Looks So Perfect” and “Good Girls” as well as a cover of The Romantics “What I Like About You”.
If I was a 13 year old teenage girl I probably would be raving about how amazing they were and that Luke Hemmings was totally singing about his feelings for me but I’m not and with seeing a lot of acts similar to them they fell flat. The energy felt forced, their banter was mostly scripted and the set list was majorly average. After continuously touring for 3 years I don’t blame them for being exhausted or over it but on your homecoming sold out tour you probably should be a bit more thrilled. The production was large and brought some great visuals to keep the older audience entertained but with the recent pyro incident where Michael set his hair on fire it was unsurprising that there was no pyro or major theatrical elements. Should I be surprised that their show was average? Probably not but let’s just hope with the release of album number 2 and a bit of a break they come back to the live stage stronger and more defined as a band.