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‘Disconnected’ at the 5 Seconds of Summer show

Becca Jolly
The stage during the encore song “Outer Space”

Recently, I have discovered my love for concerts. Slowly I have been crossing off the names of people who I want to see perform the most.  

On Sept. 9, I got to cross off the number one name on my list: 5 Seconds of Summer 

Back in April, when tickets went on sale, I immediately knew I had to buy tickets. After some pleading with my mom, I convinced her to let me buy tickets for the show in Dallas, Texas. I got a presale code and acquired two tickets to the 5 Seconds of Summer Show… In Houston (whoops).  

The day of the concert, I decided to get to the venue an hour before the doors opened (so I could get the good merchandise). The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion had an indoor waiting area, so I got to buy my merch early and wait in the air conditioning — a bonus in the Houston heat and humidity.

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While I waited, I traded lots of friendship bracelets with other fans. I loved meeting other people that shared a love for the band like I do.  

After the doors opened, we walked to our seats, and I was faced with another problem. There was a big metal pole blocking my view of center stage (thanks Ticketmaster). I was sitting on the side of the stage that Michael Clifford stands on, since he is my favorite, but I was super sad that I couldn’t see Luke Hemmings or Calum Hood very well. 

I really enjoyed the opener, Meet Me @ the Alter’s set. I followed them on TikTok a few months back and I loved their punk rock-emo vibe. I didn’t know any of the words to their songs but still loved them. 

Finally, 5SOS came on the stage. The second the curtain dropped I burst into tears. I cried for the first three songs. 

They opened with their song “Bad Omens.” This is my favorite song off the new album, so I was screaming my lungs off the whole time. The bridge of this song gives me chills every time I listen to it, so hearing it live was an out of this world experience. 

During the song ‘2011’, the guitarist Michael Clifford told all of us to jump right before he started singing the bridge. The second the beat dropped; confetti shot out everywhere. Of course, I burst into tears again (I did this a lot). 

I screamed so loud during the “Easier” to “Babylon” transition. I was really disappointed they were playing “Babylon” instead of “More”, but the transition made up for it. 

They started singing and when the beat dropped, my heart dropped too.   

They played some more of my favorites including “Vapor” and “Waste the Night.” Hood’s part in “Waste the Night” gave me chills. He has such a unique voice, I loved hearing him sing.  

 The band throws a big inflatable dice into the audience around halfway through the show. The dice has six songs on it that the band doesn’t play often. The audience had one minute to get the dice back up to the stage and whatever song it landed on the band sang. 

My show got “English Love Affair.” Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin sounded amazing during this song. I always love hearing Mikey and Ash vocals.  

A few songs later they played “Disconnected,” my favorite 5SOS song of all time. I was sad they didn’t play the whole song, because my favorite part is the bridge. Either way, hearing one of my all-time favorite songs gave me so much serotonin. 

The band’s older songs have always held such a place in my heart. I’m so glad they played so many of them.  

During a talking intermission, Hemmings started talking about how he has no ‘rizz’. Everyone started laughing. 

For the encore, the band sang “Outer Space” and “Youngblood.” I totally forgot ‘Outer Space’ was on the setlist, so I started freaking out when they started playing it. I cried so much in this song. I didn’t want the show to end.  

At the show I spend way too much money on merchandise. I got two t-shirts, a hoodie, and the vinyl of 5SOS5. The clothes are great quality. I have been living in the hoodie since the night of the concert. 

Seeing my favorite band live in person was such a great experience. 5SOS has gotten me through so much these past few years. I can’t wait to see them again in the future.  

I rate my 5 Seconds of Summer show experience a 10/10. 

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Becca Jolly, Editor-in-chief
Hi, I'm Becca! This is my second year on the staff, but my first year as an editor. I love writing music reviews. This year I am hoping to focus on more school related/serious topics. I can't wait to see what this year brings!
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