IN PHOTOS: 5 Seconds of Summer puts on electrifying PH show

Paolo Abad

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IN PHOTOS: 5 Seconds of Summer puts on electrifying PH show
Luke, Michael, Calum, and Ashton thrill their fans at the Manila stop of their 'Sounds Live Feels Live' tour

MANILA, Philippines – 5 Seconds of Summer put on an electrifying show, playing one high-octane tune after another at their Mall of Asia Arena show on Saturday, March 12.

Hailing from Australia, Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin called themselves “the world’s most vanilla men in Manila.” But they were warmly welcomed by a legion of fans with a thundering wall of sound. (IN PHOTOS: 5 Seconds of Summer live in Manila)

The pop punk band didn’t back down with the energy, and their Manila fans responded by singing their hearts out and jumping along. They kickstarted the concert with “Hey Everybody,” “Money,” and “Disconnected,” and left the fans still wanting when they ended with “She’s Kinda Hot” and “She’s So Perfect.”

Their sold-out Sounds Live Feels Live Manila show was quite the unforgettable affair which had some standout moments. Let’s take a look back with these highlights:

‘Like we’ve been coming to the Philippines for a long time’ – Luke

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Having been around since 2011 on YouTube, the band said several times over the course of their March 12 concert that this was a visit 5 years overdue, and they expressed their appreciation for their supportive Manila fans.

“You guys are one of the best crowds we’ve ever been to,” Calum said, thrilling fans who responded with louder screams.

“I feel like we’ve been coming to the Philippines for a long time,” Luke said, in response to the enthusiastic reception they got, adding, “We’ve seen stuff online about you telling us to come here, so I’m sorry it took so long.”

Calum addressed the crowd, “Let me hear you yell if you’ve been waiting 5 years for this band to come here! Let me hear you yell if you you’re glad they’re finally here!”

“Ever since day 1, we’ve heard from you. Ever since we were on YouTube, we’ve heard from the Philippines, so it’s great for this band to finally be here,” he added.

Fans sang their heart out to ‘Amnesia’

As the boys played one of their mellow ballads, “Amnesia,” the arena lit up like a starry sky with the fans raising their phones and glow sticks. Calum told the crowd, “Get your lights up in the air. Make this place look romantic.”

Then, the crowd sang along in unison – “Are you somewhere feeling lonely even though he’s right beside you? / When he says those words that hurt you, do you read the ones I wrote you?” This prompted the boys to stop singing and to give way to the fans’ resounding harmony.


The band did an impromptu jam to ‘Vanilla in Manila’

“This is the part of of the set where we sing a song about you,” said a blue-haired Michael midway through the band’s set, adding, “This is the part where we make up a song about you and your beautiful, beautiful country.”

They launched into an impromptu jam, repeatedly singing, “Vanilla in Manila! Manila in Vanilla! Vanilla in Manila all day!” (WATCH: 5 Seconds of Summer sings new tune written for PH fans)

They paid tribute to The Romantics with ‘What I Like About You’

The boys looked back at the roots of their pop punk sound with a rather excellent cover of a classic released more than 3 decades ago: The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.” It was an appropriate “ending” to a show that sustained a remarkable amount of energy all throughout.

Did the boys do justice to the song? The crowd was still jumping along until this time, keeping up with the band’s verve – maybe this could gauge how it went.

The high-octane encore: ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ and ‘She’s So Perfect’

Luke, Michael, Calum, and Ashton said throughout the show how they appreciated the reception that their Manila fans have given them.

When the band had to end the show with the obligatory encore – “She’s Kinda Hot” and “She’s So Perfect” – they gave it all that they’ve got, revving the engines more. Luke and Michael shredded on their guitars, Calum slapped the bass, and Ashton pounded on the drum kit like a fiend.


Before leaving the stage, the band also took a snapshot – with thousands of their fans in the background – to take home and remember the night that was.

Were you at the Sounds Live Feels Live Manila concert? (Or maybe you were #SLFLManilaTeamBahay?) What were your favorite moments from the show? Share them with us in the comments! –

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Paolo Abad

Paolo Abad writes, edits, and shoots for a living. He is one of the founding partners of the online radio platform Manila Community Radio.