Five Minutes of 5 Seconds of Summer

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5 Seconds of Summer, AKA 5SOS, are an Australian band from Sydney, New South Wales. Band members Ashton Irwin, 19, Michael Clifford, 18, Calum Hood, 18 & Luke Hemmings, 17, decided to form a band in December 2011. This all started when Luke made a YouTube account formerly known as Hemmo1996, he posted videos of him covering his favourite songs while playing the guitar aged just 14 . The singleton then expanded into a trio, with Michael as a vocalist & guitarist and Calum also as a vocalist & bassist, they came up with the name 5 Seconds of Summer and the band was formed....but 8 months later they decided they needed a drummer and so Ashton joined the group and the band was complete. Since then they have undertaken a dramatic life change. Their audience began to grow and soon enough they were attracting attention from the media. They even attracted the attention of a particular boy-band, One Direction. This is how I found out about them and this when I became a fan. One Direction announced that 5SOS would be joining them as a support act on their arena tour Take Me Home, which I had the pleasure of being able to go to. I'm a huge fan of One Direction and so when I found out who would be supporting them on tour I had to check them out. This is where I fell in love. My best friend, Katie, showed me the Heartbreak Girl video in info tech one time and I was instantly in love with them. Of course I would have loved to have found out about them sooner, I seriously wish I had I feel like I've missed out on so much, but I found out about them in February 2013. I fell in love with them and their music, they make me so happy and I'm so very thankful for their existence. I saw them and One Direction live at  TMH April 9th 2013 and it was a night that I will never forget. 

They have recently released their new single and EP, She Looks So Perfect, all over the world and I couldn't be prouder. To celebrate and promote their new release, they have been doing CD signings in the UK including in my own city, Newcastle. This was my chance to meet them for the very first time and as the tickets were free there was no stopping me but when the tickets went on sale, I didn't get one. The website wouldn't allow me to log in and when I finally did log in the tickets were sold out. I cried all night, I kept thinking about how whenever I get even the smallest chance to meet them it gets taken away from me. I started to believe that I would never meet them. Katie did get a ticket though and I was extremely happy for her. She offered to give them a letter for me if I wanted to write one, which of course I did.  The date of the signing got closer and closer and I had lost all hope in finding a spare ticket that someone was giving away, I just had to face the fact that I wasn't going to meet them. Then on Sunday, 2 days before the signing, I got a message from one of my friends, Emma who I had previously met at a 5SOSFam meetup and continued to talk to on twitter, she asked me if I still wanted to meet 5SOS on Tuesday and of course I replied with yes. She then explained that she couldn't go anymore and so she was going to give me her ticket. I was over the moon, literally. I was so happy I didn't know what to do. I could finally meet them. I thanked her a million times as she gave me the details to print off the ticket. The next day I went with Katie to hmv to collect my CD's and wristband, this is where it all became so real. 

Then the next day, it was the day. We had everything planned out, we had to go to school first of course then in the last lesson we were going to leave the lesson five minutes early to get changed in the toilets, it was actually so cute people were wishing us luck. Even the teacher was wishing us luck. I was only changing my T-shirt while Katie was getting fully changed. I was so excited the whole day, it consisted of smiling, stomach butterflies and electrified glances. Each moment dragged. I felt like a cheetah surrounded by giant snails, unable to move at an adequate speed while all I wanted to do was run as fast as my legs could carry me. But soon enough the end of the day neared and the countdown began. We had to get into town by bus and I touched up my makeup while Katie most probably passed out from excitement. I was less than two hours away from meeting four of my idols and I felt like my stomach was going to concave. At the back of my mind I had questions like what was I going to say? And what if they don't like me? What if I say something stupid and embarrassing? Circulating around my head creating one huge whirlpool of anxiety but the thing that was at the front, the thing was occupying my mind the most...I'm meeting them. We arrived in town and as I suspected my heart was pounding, my legs were shaking and I felt nauseous. We met up with some people from twitter outside of HMV and already the queue was quite long, I was surprised to see that many people there. I spotted a few people in the queue who I had met at previous 5SOSFam meetups and it was so lovely to see them again. We waited outside for a few minutes before they began to let people in in small groups of fourteen or fifteen, I got out my CD and the letter I had wrote and I already had my wristband on, I felt like the most ill-equipped yet prepared person in the world. It was our time to go in and we were all undeniably excited, when we got in we saw everyone. The queue wrapped around the whole DVD section, weaving in and out, there were so many people I was amazed it wasn't going down the escalators and out the door. We took our place and awaited for their arrival. 

When they finally arrived the whole room filled with cheers and screams, some people started to cry and I felt them, I really did. I couldn't see them myself as we were at the back, I tried to take a picture by putting my phone high in the air but I couldn't make it out. I did manage to get a picture of Liz though which may have made me fangirl a little, I felt as though I had achieved a life goal. As we moved closer to the front I could see them. They were actually there. My idols. My inspirations. My life savers. First I saw Luke, he was wearing a plaid shirt which was my favourite thing on him. His hair game was so strong I felt like I was going to black out. Then I saw Michael and Calum. Michael was wearing a Green Day T-shirt, which I later comment on, and his hair was just beautiful. Calum was wearing a blue & white plaid shirt with red stripes running through it and a grey beanie so I couldn't see his hair. Then finally I saw Ashton, he was wearing a black Drop Dead jumper and a navy blue bandanna. I think you can picture in your head that what I had right in front of me was pure perfection. There was music playing and the vibes were high, the whole queue smashed the chorus of teenage dirtbag at one point and, even though it's cheesy, I finally felt as though I was in the right place. All of us in that crowd may have had differences but we all shared one very important thing in common, our love for music. We got closer and closer to the front, Katie said that I had to go first and to be totally honest I didn't really mind, I began to prepare myself for the moment that I would hopefully remember for the rest of my life. The front was drawing near and the security told us to put our phones away, by now I was being engulfed by my own nervousness. The girl who was talking to Luke had slowly moved onto Ashton after hugging him and then it was my turn, I looked back for one last time as I mouthed "I'm scared" to Katie as I inched closer and closer to Luke. 

As I walked over the security guard took my CD cover and placed it in front of Luke, who had now seen me and knew of my existence. I tried to compose myself by taking deep breaths, I could feel myself shaking uncontrollably I felt like I was going to throw up. I got to the table and Luke smiled at me and I tried my best to smile back, I was more in shock so my face was doing some sort 'it's really him, he's actually here. I'm going to cry' kind of face. He signed my cover and looked up at me. Luke Hemmings had just looked up at me. He asked me how I was but I didn't hear him, the music that was playing had gotten quite loud and I was in total shock that he was actually there standing in front of me. Also his accent was stronger than I expected it to be and I actually found it hard to understand, I said "what sorry?" and this is the moment where my heart melts, he did a little giggly laugh and his mouth had now moved onto the side which is always unbelievably attractive. He repeated himself "So how are you?" and I replied with "I'm good thanks". I then realised  that I still had my letter in my hand so I swiftly passed it to him unsure whether to say 'here, I wrote this for you' or not, I didn't say it as he saw it straight away and took it out of my hands. He said thank you as he turned around to put it down somewhere, I don't know where as I was too focused on his face to care. He turned back around and I felt the need to apologise for my shakiness as when I handed him the letter you could have mistaken me for an earthquake. He did another giggly laugh and said "It's okay" and again I felt my heart doing somersaults, I asked for a hug & he happily gave me one. His arm stretched out so far and I could see his muscles bulging through  his shirt, I genuinely thought I was going to faint. Then he took me into his warm embrace, I rested my head on his shoulder as my arms wrapped around his back. He was so strong yet gentle at the same time, he was warm and comforting. I wanted to stay there forever but soon enough he let go and I had to move on to Ashton. I smiled at Luke one last time as I moved away.

When I got to Ashton he had the biggest smile on his face and he delightfully said "Hello" in his usual chirpy voice, he signed my cover and looked up at me. He asked me "So how are you today?" this time I actually heard him and didn't have to ask him to repeat it. I politely said "I'm good thanks", I was still a little bit nervous but not as much as I was before. He smiled at me so big and all I could do was smile like an idiot back. I remember I had one thing to say to Ashton and one thing only, I have a friend on twitter and she asked me to tell Ashton that she loves him and so I made sure I did. "My friend Angel, who is @belovedirwin on twitter, asked me to tell you that she loves you" I said it with the biggest smile on my face, knowing how much Ashton means to her. He smiled and replied with "Aww that's so cute, tell her I love her too" I was so happy that he said that and all I wanted to do was tweet her right away telling her what he had said. I think the girl next to me must have moved past Calum quite fast as I had to move on very shortly. I felt like I was being rushed with Ashton and of course I would have loved to have talked to him more but I couldn't. As I had to move on I asked "Could I have a hug too please?" and he smiled and said "Of course you can" while he extended his arm out, his arm was even bigger than Luke's and inside I could hear my heart crying, I grabbed onto him and squeezed him. His jumper was so soft and warm, I could feel his head resting on my shoulder and again I wanted to stay there forever, however I had to move on to Calum.

Calum looked so cute and when I got to him he smiled so adorably and just said "Hello" in his precious voice. As he sat down and signed my cover I saw that Michael was standing alone, I decided to make conversation as Calum was occupied. So I said "Michael, I like your T-shirt" while pointing at it, he looked at me, looked down at his shirt and smiled. "Thank you!" he said, it was so cute. At this point Calum had signed my cover and had passed it to Michael so he decided to pitch in to the conversation. "I like your T-shirt too man" he said, "Thanks" Michael replied. They both smiled at each other and I just stood there and smiled, I had just witnessed a Malum moment. Will my heart ever recover? Michael then pointed to me and continued to say "I like her T-shirt", I was wearing a grey-ish Rolling Stones muscle tee, I couldn't believe he had just said that. "Me too" Calum said with a smile. They both looked at me and smiled and I smiled back. My heart was definitely not recovering now. There I was having a conversation with Michael Clifford and Calum Hood about T-shirts. Michael took my CD cover and  slid it onto his side of the table. Calum then looked at me, he leaned forward and I knew what the deal was, I could see his tattoos peeking out of his shirt and I'm not going to lie it may have made me shiver a little. I wrapped my arms around him and rested my head on his shoulder, subsequently I sort of got his beanie in my face but I didn't care, it was warm. He hugged me for a few seconds then let go, letting go of Calum felt like throwing a perfectly good diamond into a heap of mud. Whether I liked it or not, I had to move onto Michael and leave Calum. 

Michael then looked at me while he began to sign my cover, "Hi!" he said so brightly & sweetly even though we had already spoke. I said "Hi" back, not being able to contain my joy. I don't know what it is about Michael but he just makes you feel so happy, I felt like a leprechaun who'd found his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  "Aren't you cold?" he said, as I didn't have a jacket. I felt like saying 'No of course not I'm Geordie, I can handle this' but in all honest truth I was freezing as even though I'm British, I'm very sensitive to the cold. "I'm freezing" I replied, he looked at me so tenderly and gave me a hug to warm me up. Michael's hugs were by far the best. He smelt amazing, it was just so inviting. There's nothing sweeter than a Michael hug. He rested his head on my shoulder and wrapped his arms tightly around me, I felt safe. He said into my ear "Thank you for coming" and I felt like crying but I had to hold it together. "You're welcome and thank you for everything" I replied, it's almost as if I could feel him smiling. I held onto him and this time I really didn't want to let go, I could hear the security guard at the side telling me that it was time to let go. I slowly pulled away and his warmth disappeared. We smiled at each other as he handed me my CD cover, which was now signed by all four of them, we said goodbye and I turned around and walked away. 

As I walked away my life flashed before my eyes, I had just met them. My heart was pounding and I was finding it very difficult to walk as I was shaking so much. I didn't cry though, I was crying on the intside but the tears never made it through. I stopped by the escalator to wait for Katie. When I turned around I saw her talking to Michael and then she hugged him. When she turned around she burst out into tears and walked over to me, I hugged her. We were told to leave and so I took one last glance at my idols as I stepped onto the escalator and left. I was in complete disbelief at what had just happened and I still am now, one week later. After that I hugged Katie again, admired my CD cover with all of their signatures perfectly inscribed onto it and I also rang my other best friend, Devon, to tell her what had just happened. I cried that night and I've cried every night since. I'm so happy that I've met them. I've noticed a difference in my personality, the way I see things. It may sound stupid and cheesy but it's true. I'm happier. Since I met them I feel like a ray of sunshine and it's never going away. I'm so very thankful and grateful that I even had the opportunity to meet them, again I'd like to thank Emma for giving me her ticket. Without her I wouldn't have been able to go. Undoubtedly that was the best day of my entire life and I don't think anything can beat that. 

5SOS are currently number one in the UK and I'm so very proud of them and all that they have achieved. I'll leave their links below so you can check them out. Thank you so much for reading this if you made it all the way through, I understand it's very long but I appreciate it an awful lot and you deserve a medal. Thank you for reading.  

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Caitlin x

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