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5 Seconds of Summer review: Aussie boy band prove a big hit at Metro Radio Arena

Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer prove themselves worthy heirs to the Take That crown at their gig at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

5 Seconds of Summer

It's been a case of non-stop screaming at the Arena with some of the best known boy bands in the world gracing the stage in recent weeks.

Tuesday was the turn of 5 Seconds of Summer, new kids on the block compared to Take That but with a fan base to rival the elder statesmen.

Catchy pop tunes and high energy were the order of the night from the Australian band and the North East audience - mostly teenage girls - loved it.

They first caught the attention of the region supporting One Direction here two years ago and then at the Stadium of Light last year.

Here they were top of the bill for their own music and their own fans. It was a clever build up for their stage debut, a breaking news scenario to build maximum suspense.

Ashton, Luke, Calum and Michael arrived with great aplomb and started with End Up Here and Out of My Limit.

Each mention of Newcastle sent thousands of girls into a frenzy, as did hit after hit.

As expected, singles, including Don’t Stop, generated the biggest reaction. But from where we were sitting, fans sang along to every song.

Long Way Home was voted one of the best by my judging panel of three teenage girls.

We ‘enjoyed’ similar high-pitched wails for one lucky fan who was invited up to play bass guitar during Rejects. Every girl wanted to swap places with her.

Massive 2014 hit Don’t Stop generated the biggest screams.

It was an accomplished 90-minute set. Live performances have been the cornerstone of the group’s success. The lads know what their audience wants - catchy pop songs.

And as my youngest pointed out, it helps that they all look as if they’ve walked off the set of Neighbours.


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