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5SOS + 1D = $$$: The Story Behind 5 Seconds Of Summers’ Success

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5 Seconds of Summer is (from left to right): Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, and Michael Clifford)


With 5 Seconds Of Summer (or 5SOS for short) rising up the charts in the past year, it’s difficult to not know of this band. The Australian pop punk/boy band hybrid has recently been broadcasted across many mainstream media outlets including: 102.7 KIIS FM, Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” and Good Morning America. As catchy as their tunes are to their fans, it still begs the question, how did 5SOS gain such a large and dedicated fan base in such a small amount of time? One Direction is the simplest answer to this question.

According to Billboard.com, One Direction owns a pretty hefty financial stake in 5SOS. One Direction’s investment is labeled as “5SOS LLP,” a London based “company” that includes all four members of 5 Seconds Of Summer and One Mode Productions.  The “company” is the financial investment 1D made in 5SOS and in return, One Direction gets roughly 50 percent of 5SOS’s profits.

One Direction took an interest in 5SOS when they stumbled across some of 5SOS’s YouTube cover videos. Members of 1D then started tweeting about the band often, and soon enough, decided to take 5SOS on their world tour as an opening act.

It’s clear to see 5SOS has a financial powerhouse behind them driving their success, but what really sets them apart is their love for rock music.

Yes, 5SOS may be the hottest group in Top 40 music today, but their hearts are still in independent pop punk.

Long before One Direction took notice of the band, 5SOS made a modest following of YouTube viewers as the band would acoustically cover some of their favorite pop punk/independent artist such as All Time Low, Mayday Parade, A Day To Remember and Blink 182.

Although the band has gone from four Australians doing YouTube covers to selling out the Los Angeles Fourm in about a year’s time, the band still have not forgotten their ties to punk rock.

Just as One Direction tweeted about 5 Seconds of Summer, 5SOS did the same for pop punk band State Champs.

Michael, 5SOS’s guitarist, received some hate from State Champs “fans” for posting this tweet since they feared One Direction fans would then start liking State Champs. Regardless of what these self proclaimed, “fans” said to Michael, this is what separates 5SOS from other boy bands. The band can appeal to both the Top 40 and Punk Rock communities of music and the band also has a deep love for both communities

With the financial support of One Direction and dedicated fans of various music tastes, it’s easy to now see why everyone is buzzing about 5 Seconds Of Summer. It seems like nothing is impossible for the quartet right now. Dedicated fans now wait in anticipation to see what’s next for the band that seems to have whole world in their hands.

Will Knotfest’s “Official Smell” of Camel Excrement Work In Favor of the Event’s Success?

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The smell of camel feces will infest Knotfest.


Scents that stimulate nostalgia are usually pleasant, but Knotfest’s official fragrance will be far from pleasant.

Knotfest is a metal festival invented and run by the members of the band, Slipknot. The festival will take place October 24-26 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. The music will be heavy that weekend, but what will probably be heavier is the smell in the air.

No, Slipknot went completely left field in this decision and came to the conclusion that camel excrement was the best choice. Yes, the amphitheater will smell like burning camel turds during the last weekend of October.

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Slipknot plans to put camel feces (such as the picture above) in barrels of oil and set them on fire.


Slipknot Artist and Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan explained the decision in a recent interview.  Crahan explains that the festival’s goal is to create a community through olfactory memory.

Vocalist Corey Taylor recently commented on the decision, in another interview, stating that the camel poop smell was a huge success amongst “maggots” (hardcore Slipknot fans” during the first Knotfest.

Corey Taylor discusses the smell with Larry King:

Slipknot still aims to please it fans with an amazing lineup and a plethora of carnival inspired attractions.

It still seems too elaborate for Knotfest to have barrels of burning camel dung. Only time will tell if this move will work in favor of the festival.

UPDATE: As of October 15, Slipknot’s motives are deemed illegal by fire officials since it is illegal to burn oil in the state of California.  Slipknot are trying to work around this and find a new source for the flames that will set the feces ablaze.

How to Crowd Surf (And Not Be An Idiot In The Process)

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Crowd surfer uses a boogie board to crowd surf at “Keeping Warm in a Cold World Tour” on January 4, 2013 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

(Photo Courtesy: Matthew Saunders)

Crowd surfing is an intimate concert experience only a handful of attendees gets to partake in. That act has been under fire recently following an incident from a concert of punk/emo outfit band Joyce Manor.

To summarize, frontman Barry Johnson confronted a crowd surfer from the stage, asserting that it is unacceptable for a grown man to impose his size on a young girl in the front row.

The incident in question can be seen in full in the following clip (1:00-1:42).  

The incident sparked a controversy over social media and breathed new life into an old debate over stage diving’s place in music.

With hip hop artist Rick Ross injuring two 19-year-old boys in a crowd surfing attempt and electronic artist Skrillex in a legal dispute of allegedly giving a fan a stroke from crowd surfing, who can blame Johnson for taking a little precaution?

That being said, there is a proper way to crowd surf without presenting a danger to yourself or the audience.


Before you can engage in the act, you must be fully mentally prepared. Injury via crowd surfing is often due to a person feeling unsure or being forced into the act. You must be fully willing to crowd surf for everyone’s safety.


The most obvious part of the process is getting off the ground.


Many larger venues have barriers for the safety of the crowd. In this case, you can go with the “boost method,” meaning a friend lifts you into the air.


If a venue does not have a barrier, you can climb on stage and jump into the crowd. This is commonly known as a stage dive.


In the event of a stage dive, you must be aware of your surroundings. The crowd surfer must make quick initial eye contact to the area he wishes to dive into while reading the body language of the crowd.


You must also be aware that you are invading the territory of the band and must make haste. The band has a job to do, and if the crowd surfer takes too long, they run the risk of disrupting the band’s performance. The stage is a work area, not a playground.


American Horror Story shows how crowd surfing has made its way to mainstream media (1:03-1:23) 


The last and most important step in crowd surfing is being a supporter. It’s everyone’s duty to ensure a safe environment. This includes catching stage divers, picking up fans, being aware of their surroundings, and reporting suspicious activity such as bullying or sexual harassment.


In the event of unnecessary violence or personal violation during a concert, it is important to report the event to security or staff immediately. Don’t be a hero. It’s security’s job to deal with hostile individuals that threaten the safety of the venue.


Music is a liberating form of art and has very few rules. However, no one at a concert should ever feel threatened or afraid for any reason. Stage diving can be an exhilarating experience, but only if everyone is in the same pre-cautious  state of mind.  Go to a concert, stay safe, but most importantly, have fun.