Hailing from Australia, 5 Seconds of Summer has taken the world by storm over the past year. The pop-rock boy band first formed in 2011, and three years later, the band is preparing to bring its talents to North America in April 2014 for its first-ever headlining tour in the continent.
The four-member group –comprised of Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin—has not yet released a full-length studio album as of Feb. 27, but its popularity shot through the roof, thanks in part to public support from members of One Direction. In 2013, 5 Seconds of Summer made its U.S. debut as the opening act on One Direction’s Take Me Home Tour, and this year, the group will be on the road with its own headlining trek, featuring 10 performances in the U.S. and Canada from April 11-25. See the complete list of cities and dates highlighted in the image below:
A studio album is currently in the works for 5 Seconds of Summer, which just released the single “She Looks So Perfect” on Feb. 21 in its native Australia. The track hit No. 1 on iTunes in more than 30 countries—and that’s just counting pre-orders before the single was officially available for download. The single is also a part of an EP of the same name, which is slated to include three other songs: “Heartache on the Big Screen,” “The Only Reason,” and “What I Like About You.” These new tracks should tide fans over until the new album drops, although an official release date has not been confirmed yet.
The four members of 5 Seconds of Summer first came together as classmates in 2011, and, like so many modern success stories, the band gained a following by posting covers of popular artists, like Cee Lo Green and Blink 182, on YouTube. Today, the band has amassed more than 49 million views across its two official channels. Watch “Gotta Get Out,” one of the group’s first original songs, in the video below to see just how far this homegrown band has come in the past three years.
5SOS Tour Dates 2014
April 11 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, Calif.
April 12 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, Calif.
April 15 – House of Blues, Dallas, Texas
April 17 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Ill.
April 18 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Mich.
April 19 – Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario
April 21 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, Md.
April 22 – Best Buy Theatre, New York, N.Y.
April 24 – Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa.
April 25 – Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Conn.