Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Jedward dreadfully popular in Belfast

Following sell-out concerts in Dublin and Londonderry, the Jedward tour — actually, it's more of a travelling circus — arrived at the Waterfront.

The place was sold out, which is a feat not even million-selling rock legends Yes could pull off at the same venue recently.

The hall was teeming with fans from five to 15, many waving flags, banners or body parts at the stage. Disgruntled parents brought up the rear, with the odd creepy loner dotted about the place.

Eventually to a cacophony of blood-curdling shrieks, there they were — the poor man's Bros. At this point, I was wondering, what the hell are the Brothers Grimes going to do for 60 minutes?

Even bands with five albums struggle to fill a headlining set. The X Factor rejects can't sing, they can't play and they look awful. But 2,235 bums on seats can't be wrong, and they have enough of Louis Walsh's money behind them to ensure a super-slick, crowd-pleasing show with plenty of costume changes.

The twins bounced around to Robbie, Britney, Queen and, of course, the Ghostbusters theme and their medley of Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby (twice). Yet, their vocals were so low in the mix it was like karaoke in reverse.

Perhaps we should expect more from grown men. After all, Angus Young was the same age as John and Edward — 18 — when he formed AC/DC. But in 2010 the public gets what the public wants, and this week they're getting it in Dungannon, Omagh, Waterford, Killarney and Cork — all sold out. Scary stuff, but who ya gonna call?

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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