Last night at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA, my sister and I had the best time seeing 5 Seconds of Summer! Between our special Soundcheck Experience tickets and the show itself, it was truly an incredible night.
Because we had the soundcheck passes, we got to arrive to the venue early and watch the band play a few songs, as well as participate in a Q&A session. They told stories about pantsing Calum on the bus, revealed some info about their next music video, and talked about memes that they had seen of other bandmates on the internet. And, because our soundcheck crowd was so big (over 1,000 people) the band played 3 songs instead of their usual 2. One of the songs they played, If You Don’t Know, is one of my all time favorites and I had never heard it live before, so in my opinion the entire soundcheck was completely worth it.
After we got out of soundcheck, we wandered around the venue a bit before the gates opened for everyone else. We got some food, including some yummy cupcakes, and I got my first legal drink at a concert (woohoo!).
Pretty soon after the doors opened we found our seats, which were amazing, and the first opening act Hey Violet came onstage. I really enjoyed their set, and will probably purchase some of their music in the future! The second opening act, One OK Rock, wasn’t really my cup of tea but I could see that a lot of other concertgoers were loving them, so it was still good for the overall vibe.
When 5sos finally came onstage the venue was electric. I have seen them perform many times now, but it truly never gets old. The guys are so talented and bring such energy to the stage it’s impossible not to have a good time. Some of my favorite bits of the show were when they performed Castaway, Outerspace and Permanent Vacation, as well as when Ashton left his drums to do a headstand onstage (with a little help from Michael).
However, the absolute best part of the night was during Vapor, which happens to be one of my favorite songs (I’ve previously written about it here). As we first walked into the venue that day, fans were handing out orange hearts that they had made and instructed everyone to hold them up during Vapor. As the first few chords of the song played out there was a pause around the venue and slowly I started to see the hearts go up. People turned on their phone flashlights and held them up behind the hearts, making the whole arena glow in orange.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition to hold up orange hearts in Boston. Last year at the same venue we did it, but it all started at a tiny acoustic show in 2013. Being present at all three of them has been magical and beautiful, and you can tell that the band always appreciates it.
Even though it’s always a bit of a hike getting out to Mansfield, it was completely worth the long day. 5sos are one of my favorite live bands and the day will probably go down as one of my favorites from the summer.