Then&Now: 5 Seconds of Summer

“5 Seconds of Summer” (5SOS) is one of the most successful Australian band in the world. While starting their career as YouTube celebrities, the boys have become a worldwide music phenomena. On 4th June the band will perform at “Saku” arena in Tallinn.


2011 was a historic year in music industry – three Norwest Christian College boys Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford started posting covers of popular songs together on Luke`s YouTube channel. The first cover was Mike Posner`s “Please Don`t Go”, but the cover of Chris Brown`s “Next To You” received over 600,000 hits. Later in December the group was joined by drummer Ashton Irwin, and so the 5SOS band was completed.

The band continued posting videos and soon attracted interest from major publishers and music labels. 5SOS signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV Music Publishing. Their first EP “Unplugged” reached number 3 on the iTunes chart in Australia. When One Direction member Louis Tomlinson posted a link to 5SOS YouTube video, group`s international following increased incredibly.

Half of 2012 was spent writing and developing their own sound. In November 2012 5SOS released their first single “Out Of My Limit” with the video clip for the song receiving over 100,000 views within the first 24 hours.

2013 was a big year for 5SOS – it was announced that they would support One Direction in their worldwide “Take Me Home Tour”. While being on a break from the “Take Me Home Tour”, the boys returned home to Australia and played a national headlining tour, with all dates selling out within minutes – it was around time when they gained popularity. In November, the band signed to Capitol Records.

The group`s biggest single “She Looks So Perfect” was listed for pre-order in February 2014, but in March it was released in UK. Here`s the impressive part – despite only one day on top in the British iTunes store, 5SOS became only the fourth Australian band to have a UK number-one single, and the first to do so in 14 years.

In March 2014, it was announced that 5SOS will be joining One Direction again – this time on their “Where We Are Tour” in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. In April group`s third EP “She Looks So Perfect” debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.


Band`s debut self-titled album was released in June 2014 and it won a Kerrang! (UK-based magazine) award. The album also debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Chart and peaked at number 1 in 13 countries.

In May 2015 the band announced of their first headlining tour “Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour” around Europe, New Zealand, North America and Australia. Later on they released first single “She`s Kinda Hot” from their upcoming second studio album “Sounds Good Feels Good”.

Their “Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour” was announced in October 2015.

This (already) historic band is a must-see. Buy your ticket here!

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