Australian punk rock quartet 5SOS brought their first headlining world tour to a packed Newcastle Arena tonight. Still a bit of an unknown entity amongst the older generation, they recently ‘won’ the 2015 NME Award for Worst Band, which they were apparently very happy about with past ‘winners’ being One Direction. Ironically, it’s none other than 1D who has a vested interest in this band they first asked to support them back in 2013, by financially backing 5SOS under One Mode Productions Ltd. Subsequently 5SOS have themselves signed tonight’s support act, US punk group Hey Violet to their own record label.
Phew, still with me? Good. Hey Violet are a rocking foursome comprising of Miranda (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Nia (drums), Rena (bass/lead vocals) and Casey (guitar). Bright red haired Nia is by far the most entertaining with her enthusiasm hitting those drums like Animal from the Muppet Show with impressive twirls of the sticks and mad fascinating expressions. (just watch the video below). From the up tempo cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space to the last song You Don’t Love Me Like You Should; this group are a breath of fresh air.
Nia Lovelis video (below)
After the incredibly entertaining Hey Violet came the main event, as the lights went down the crescendo of noise rose from the vast crowd, mainly young females of course, complete with their face painting applied and foam hands waving. With drummer Ashton levitated high above the stage the screaming hordes were encouraged to sing out the Na Na Na’s of Permanent Vacation, the lads shouted out Why aye Newcastle in attempted Geordie dialect to more screams. You can’t knock it, 10,000 singing and jumping in unison and the crowd vocals at the end of Disconnected was impressive. In front of me a girl was actually streaming live video back to her friend at home who were clearly dancing along with the crowd in here, albeit only the small majority of dad’s were not dancing. Hand written placards aloft, I liked the one that read ‘I sold my mum for this concert’.
5SOS are more rock pop than punk rock, a mild Green Day perhaps, but these boys can play and the banks of Marshall Amps looks cool. The female decibel levels rose further singing to Long Way Home in contrast to the fantastic lighting effects from the thousands mobile devices LED’s to the gentler Wrapped Around Your Finger. Along with their catchy own material there was a decent rendition of American Idiot. The audience were Good Girls for the boys and ended with a great wild encore What I Like About You.
I think my ears are still ringing!