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5 Seconds of Summer are the tougher than Backstreet Boys but hard like Green Day and maybe as popular among teenaged girls as Justin Bieber.
If there were any guys among the thousands observing the Australian pop-punk group perform on Friday evening at Helsinki Arena, I didn’t see any.
What I saw was tears and what I heard was ear-popping screaming. And I guess, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The teenage hysteria is a catchy epidemic and at times I felt like screaming too. A close-up shot of the lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, 19, was enough to send the spectators into a mass of high-pitched cries of affection.
But can the four-piece sing? Yes, they can.
Their sound was sleek and vocals clean. Songs like “Vapour” and “Jet Black Heart” sent the crowd into an emotional rollercoaster and during many songs the lights were dark and the mobile phones spotted the arena. Some girls even had glowing bows on top of their heads. I saw a few unicorns too.
This was 5 Seconds of Summer’s first gig in Finland and these girls weren’t going to miss it. No matter what.
“I skipped my graduation party because of this,” said one of the banners held by a young lady and whose smile was lit by the mobile phone of a girl standing next to her.
[divider]5 Seconds of Summer Full Setlist[/divider]
Carry On (Intro)
Waste The Night
If You Don’t Know
Jet Black Heart
End Up Here
What I like About You
She’s Kinda Hot
She Looks So Perfect