One Direction picks Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer as support act for world tour!
EXCLUSIVE: FOUR Australian teenage bandmates have landed the gig of a lifetime, handpicked by British boy band One Direction to open on their world tour.
1D’s Louis Tomlinson discovered the YouTube videos of rising pop rockers 5 Seconds Of Summer, who hail from Sydney’s western suburbs, and championed them via social media.
5SOS’s Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin relocated to London to write and record their debut record in December and the 1D lads invited them “to hang out”.
Niall Horan dropped by their studio in January while Tomlinson and Harry Styles challenged them to a football match where the Australians were soundly beaten 15 to 2.
Their blossoming bromance turned into 5SOS’s big break when 1D personally chose them to join them on the 110-date world tour which kicks off at London’s O2 arena on February 23.
Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer will support One Direction on their world tour.
“We discovered 5SOS on YouTube last year and we all knew straight away they were very special. We’re so excited to have them on the road with us and we know our fans are going to LOVE what these lads do,” Horan said.
In just 15 months, the Sydney lads have gone from playing to 20 people at legendary live music nursery, the Annandale Hotel, to performing in front of 1.3 million 1D fans in Europe, America and Australia.
Guitarist Michael Clifford joked while there may have been a squeal of excitement from loved ones when they told them about the priceless opportunity a few days ago, the teens’ mothers were more concerned about what they had eaten that day.
One Direction will play a 110-date world tour this year.
“None of this has sunk in for us; it’s surreal to think we will be on the same bill as a band who are on such a world-wide scale,” Michael said.
“When the guys first started talking to us about it, we thought they were joking.
“And now I look at my calendar in my iPhone and it goes from `doing our thing, doing our thing, four shows at the O2 arena in two days! It’s crazy.”
5SOS won their first fans the same way as their postmodern pop peers by posting covers of their favourite artists on YouTube.
One Direction discovered the Aussie group on YouTube.
It is their ability to write and perform their own music which they hope will set them apart.
They have already had their fair share of close encounters with a devoted and sometimes hysterical female fanbase yet Clifford said it is impossible to steal themselves for the reality of 1D mania when they start the tour next week.
“We were saying that hopefully we are just going to be able to walk through the middle of everyone and no-one will care; I don’t think that will be the case now. Girls just go mental for them,” he said.
Clifford said they promise to restore Australian sporting pride by working on their soccer skills during the tour to reverse the kicking they got from the 1D lads during their “friendly”.
The boys from 5 Seconds of Summer after a soccer match with One Direction’s Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Picture: Harry Styles/Twitter
“We got absolutely demolished; they turned up with all this gear and we thought we were just going to hang out and kick the ball around but they were serious. Maybe we could challenge them on rugby,” he said.
5SOS rewarded their fans with a taste of their album by posting a free download of the catchy Heartbreak Girl online this week and will continue to record during breaks on the tour.
1D’s Take Me Home Australian leg kicks off in September when 5SOS frontman Hemmings may also be juggling his HSC exams.
Clifford said the band wanted to send a special shout-out to their Australian fans.
5 Seconds of Summer hail from Sydney’s western suburbs.
“We are the same guys as when we started – we just kinda look older now,” he said.