5 Seconds of Summer

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Name(s): 5 Seconds of Summer, 5SOS
Scope/Focus: Australian pop punk band and friends
Date(s): 2011-
See also: One Direction
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5 Seconds of Summer is an Australian pop-punk band consisting of four members: Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin. Their first album was released in June 2014, but they have had a presence on YouTube since 2011. (See Wikipedia.) In 2013-2014 the group was the opening act for many of One Direction's concerts, so there is a lot of crossover fan interest with One Direction fandom. However, a distinct 5SOS fandom also exists.

Band Members

Luke Hemmings

Full name Luke Robert Hemmings, he was born July 16, 1996 in Sydney, Australia and as the youngest of the band is currently 19 years old. He plays rhythm guitar and sings for the band 5 Seconds Of Summer. Within the band Luke Hemmings is a part of one of the most popular ships on Archive of Our Own, LashtonWorks Matching 'Luke Hemmings/Ashton Irwin' | Archive of Our Own. He is also the band member with the most fanfiction Works Matching 'Luke Hemmings' | Archive of Our Ownwritten about him (on AO3).

Ashton Irwin

Full name Ashton Fletcher Irwin, he was born on July 7th 1994 in Hornsby, Australia and is currently the oldest of the band at 21 years of age. He plays the drums and occasionally sings back up vocals, with some solos like in 5 Seconds of Summer - She's Kinda Hot - YouTube. He is also part of the popular ship Lashton with fellow band mate Luke Hemmings.

Calum Hood

Full name Calum Thomas Hood, he was born January 25th 1996 in Sydney, Australia. He is currently 19 years old, he plays bass and sings for the band. He played Cal-Pal in the 5SOS superhero AU video for Don't Stop 5 Seconds of Summer - Don't Stop - YouTube.

Michael Clifford

Full name Michael Gordon Clifford, he was born November 20th 1995 in Sydney, Australia and is currently 19 years old. He plays lead guitar and sings back up vocals for the band. He also has had quite a few solos, in songs like Jet Black Heart and Wrapped Around Your Finger. His most noticeable trait is his hair which he dyes every few months and he tends to stick his tongue out it photographs.

Related Bands

One Direction is the most obvious 5SOS band link as it was Louis Tomlinson that first discovered the band and took them on their Take Me Home tour in 2013. 5SOS were at first portrayed as a boy-band style copy cat of One Direction although they have now come into their own with a more pop-punk direction. They are also seen with All Time Low and Panic!At The Disco's Brendon Urie having written songs with them both, although the song written with Brendon Urie, Pretty With Ink, didn't make it onto the album.

Fandom History

The 5SOS fandom is more commonly known as the 5SOS fam as the members claim that the fandom are like family to them. The 5SOS fam has been around since 2011 when 5SOS first started posting videos but has grown significantly since then largely due to the fact that 5SOS went on tour with One Direction in 2013 and they have just finished their own tour Rock Out With Your Socks Out, with the tickets for the UK portion of their tour selling out in 10 minutes. The 5SOS fandom is a mainly female fanbase which Ashton Irwin has referred to as a fanbase like Fall Out Boy's own, as the band does not like being called a boy band.

The 5SOS fam tend to refer to them as 5SOS pronounced 5Sauce and though some may call them 5-ess-oh-ess, this is generally not the case.


On the Archive of Our Own, the most popular 5SOS ship is Luke Hemmings/Ashton Irwin.

Ship names:

Characters Involved Smooshname Number
Luke Hemmings/Ashton Irwin Lashton 2
Michael Clifford/Luke Hemmings Muke 2
Michael Clifford/Calum Hood Malum 2
Calum Hood/Ashton Irwin Cashton 2
Luke Hemmings/Calum Hood Cake 2
Michael Clifford/Ashton Irwin Mashton 2

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