5 Seconds of Summer – The Armory – Minneapolis MN – August 28th 2023

5 seconds of Summer with guest Meet Me at the Alter joined us in Minneapolis at The Armory on August 28th. Both acts brought out the energy in the crowd!

Meet Me at the Altar opened with one of their newer releases, Same Language, and immediately brought the energy. The band members were noticeably encapsulating the stage and showcasing their talent. They had the crowd amped throughout their set, playing a few other fan favorites such as T.M.I and Say it to My Face as well as covers of songs such as Avril Levigne’s Complicated, Kelly Clarkson’s Since U Been gone, and The Jonas Brothers’ Burning Up.

5 Seconds of Summer’s set started out with an informational video for fans.  It was full of comedy and a statement about safety during the show. Band members Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, and Calum Hood hit the stage with their “5 Seconds of Summer Show” banner falling as the cords to Bad Omens were initially played. One of the three confetti blasts of the night was then launched during the middle of their second song (2011) of the night, immediately gearing the crowd up for the energy level of the night’s show. 5SOS (or 5 Sauce) played a surprising amount of songs from their five studio albums, with a mixture of newer songs such as Me Myself & I and CAROUSEL. They also played fan favorites from the beginning of their career such as Disconnected and an appearance from Outerspace as one of their encore songs. An explanation for this may come from something vocalist and guitarist Michael Clifford mentioned that it may be the last time we see the band for a while. The band stayed true to the humorous nature that their fans love throughout the show. Including a video-game style “battle” between fans and drummer Ashton Irwin, a segment where the audience gets “sauced” and yellow and red confetti was shot at the audience and an anticipated dice roll of early days songs. The Minneapolis show “rolled” Heart Break Girl, one of the band’s earliest songs. One thing that was brought from the show is if it is some type of farewell for now, 5 Seconds of Summer brought the energy and the love for their fans!

Review and photos by Cassandra Roy