Although it was a bitterly cold and snowy evening outdoors, it was all green inside Espionage nightclub, Edinburgh, when John and Edward Grimes, collectively known as Jedward, took to the stage for St Patrick’s Day, as part of the #CowgateStPats Festival.
The Dublin duo opened as they meant to go on, strong and energetically, with their enthusiastic audience singing along to every word. Jedward fans are known for following the pair all over the world, and Saturday night was no exception, with some flying in from as far away as Finland, Sweden, and Germany, as well as fans from Ireland, England, and Scottish locals.
John and Edward entertained the largely female audience with songs from their three albums, as well as a selection of their self-penned and independently released singles. The pair had recently returned from Los Angeles, where they have been busy the past three months recording tracks for their fourth album, and so the night was a brilliant opportunity for fans, many of whom had spent time catching up with them earlier at Edinburgh airport.
Entering stage wearing sunglasses, they launched into Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, before continuing with another cover, ‘All The Small Things’, which featured on their 2010 released ‘Planet Jedward‘ debut album. Other songs sung from that album included ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)’, which reached the #2 spot on the UK charts that year; and ‘Teenage Kicks’, originally by Irish band The Undertones, and sung for the day that was in it.
John and Edward were originally booked to perform for half an hour, but that time came and went; they announced they planned instead to give the very eager audience an hour of their time, which was very well received.
Jedward have represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest not once, but twice, in 2011 and 2012, and so no performance is complete without those songs, ‘Lipstick’, and ‘Waterline‘ respectively. The twins also sang several songs from their ‘Victory‘ album (released 2011), including the aforementioned ‘Lipstick’, ‘Bad Behaviour’, ‘Wow Oh Wow’, and ‘Everyday Superstar’; the latter by request from the audience.
Songs from their 2012 third album, ‘Young Love‘, included the very popular ‘Luminous’, and ‘Happens In The Dark’, while they also treated the non fans in the audience to a glimpse of their songwriting prowess with their own compositions ‘Good Vibes’, ‘Hologram’ and ‘Oh Hell No’. ‘Oh Hell No’ featured in the SyFy film, ‘Sharknado 3’, in which Jedward made a cameo.
Rounding up a very fun filled hour with a reprise of ‘Lipstick’, Jedward left the stage, taking photos with fans in the snow outside the stage door as they got into their taxi. What started out as a cold and miserable evening ended up being a very enjoyable one, and well worth going to.
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