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Review / photos: One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer fill Tampa's Raymond James Stadium with the screams of 50,000 smitten fans

Friday, October 3, 2014 11:53pm

Tickets for One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer have been a hot commodity in Tampa for some time -- so much so that more than 50,000 fans packed Raymond James Stadium Friday night for one of the biggest concert events of the year.

Sean Daly was there amid the fireworks, rain and screaming young ladies, and he writes: "(5 Seconds of Summer) fancies itself a rock band, and sure, why not? For entry music, they went with AC/DC's Highway to Hell, and bless the underage crowd for pumping fists and singing every word. Then the quartet bounded out in Metallica shirts and mangled tank tops and pogoed into opening song 18."

And later, on One Direction: "Dressed for a late-night run to a convenience store (Harry Styles' epic mop was braided with a man-bun, a coiff that no doubt inspired 10 million tweets), the Simon Cowell-discovered quintet came out beautifully casual, as if these boys-to-men stumbled onto the show by accident. As they harmonized on Midnight Memories, they hardly seemed to notice the fireworks going off and the dazzling stage built via IMAX-sized screens."

For Sean's full review of One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer in Tampa, click here. And click the headline of this post for photos from Friday night's show.