Back in March John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, shaved off their trademark, and quite frankly iconic, quiffs, to raise money for a cause that’s very close to their hearts, Irish Cancer Society. The event, in honour of their late mother Susanna, raised more than 3 million Euros.
Since that time, fans and followers have got used to their shorter hair, but even so in that time, it’s grown considerably, leading the Dublin musicians to yesterday introduce a new style to fans – the JedHawk.
The Shires are probably our most successful Country artists and just before lockdown last March, they released album number four ‘Good Years’ but had to put their tour on hold. The tour has been put back to 2022 but they are going to treat their fans, and hopefully some new fans, to an exclusive live gig to be streamed on Saturday, April 10th via Stabal. You can find out more here.
With no dates set yet for the re-opening of music venues in the U.K. due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, artists are having to reschedule concert dates and work around the health and safety regulations put in place by the U.K. government. Jedward are also affected by this, the Irish duo having to move their three show tour from August to February. It had originally been planned for May.
Alt-pop artists Jedward are exactly what the doctor has ordered when it comes to relief from the cabin-fever we’re all experiencing because of the current COVID-19 lockdown situation. Sharing last night on Twitter, the duo announced that they will be releasing the music video for their song, Extraordinary’ next month, to be followed by the clip for ‘Teenage Runaway’.
We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
George and Esther Longworth, originally started writing music as teenagers, before forming the band Dirty Blonde while studying at Cambridge University. Now the brother and sister are embarking on a new journey with their new project WOLF, and recently visited LA, where the pair worked on their debut EP, ‘You, Yourself, And Me’, alongside Joe Kiely, with whom George studied at the Royal College of Music. First single, ‘Set Yourself Free’, will be released on November 26.