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Jedward live in Castlebar!

I was delighted when my friend Heidi contacted me during the week to ask if we wanted two tickets to see Jedward in Castlebar. She didn’t have to ask me twice! I love Jedward, we have met them in Dublin and they were so nice. They had time to chat and are really friendly, lovely guys.

Jono and I went along to the show. The photos aren’t great as we were in the balcony. The place was packed! So many people of all ages. I had to laugh at the dads sitting in the audience eating curry chips and looking bemused. Jedward have so much energy and put on a fantastic show. They aren’t the best singers but what they lack in singing they make up for in the entertainment factor. I wish I could back flip like them! They even climbed up on the balcony during the show.

There was no support act which I thought was good. It was around a two-hour show. It started just after 7pm and finished at 9.30pm with a short break. If they come to Castlebar again we will  go and see them again. Edward had a bit of the problem with the zip on his trousers though….it kept coming undone ;)

Glee is coming to Ireland

Further to my post yesterday Glee is coming to Ireland. An announcement was made on 2fm this morning.

The show will be on at the O2 on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of July, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday 26th November at 8am.

Earlier this year, they completed a hugely successful American tour, but now fans will now have a chance to see stars including Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) perform tracks from the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show.

Sony Music Ireland confirmed the news and announced two Glee Live! In Concert! dates for Dublin early next July.
The show’s creator Ryan Murphy said: “We had such a great time putting together last year’s shows and the response from the fans was incredible. People around the world want to see our cast live and in person, so this European tour is our way of thanking them for the unbelievable way they’ve embraced our little show.

“And for everyone in America who has asked if we’ll be back to a city near them this summer, stay tuned. We’ll have some exciting news very soon.”

Despite Murphy mentioning a “European tour” no further dates outside of Ireland have been announced.

Monteith added: “We had so much fun on tour last year that we were all itching to do it again. The fact that we’re going to Europe to perform for thousands of people is mind blowing. This show has been quite a ride.”

On the Irish dates Riley commented: “I loved performing for the fans in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and New York last year and didn’t think there was any way to top that experience. But performing in The O2, Dublin? How cool is that? We cannot wait.”

Scouting for Girls

I love music and especially live shows. When I was a young thing I went to see loads of bands including Magnum, ACDC, Alice Cooper, Meatloaf and The Monkees.

Anyway Scouting for Girls came to Castlebar yesterday. On Friday I noticed the Royal Theatre had a competition for tickets so I entered…..and won :D  Lucy and Jono both wanted to come with me so I bought another ticket and off we all went.

I like the Royal Theatre, it’s a great venue. We arrived early and we saw Greg and Pete from Scouting for Girls outside so we got to say hello to them.

Whilst we were waiting I was amazed to see some girls in very short skirts….well there’s short and short but these ones didn’t even cover their modesty! Also a couple of girls had soothers in their mouths, I’m puzzled by that. There were all age groups and for once I wasn’t the oldest person there.

First on stage was the support act: Fox Avenue who were really good. We enjoyed them, I hope they do well.

Then came Scouting for Girls, who were brilliant. A really great live band. They played for around an hour and a half. I did a short bit of video here…it’s very distorted because we were right in front of a speaker.

Lot’s of pairs of knickers were thrown on the stage too….nothing to do with me ;)

There are a lot more photos on pix.ie 

After the concert the kids were starving, so we went to the McDonalds drive thru which is just across the road from the theatre. As we were driving home it started pouring with rain. I ended up missing my turn home and what should have been a 50 minute journey turned into two hours! It also wasn’t helped by all the frogs which decided to go for a walk! The rain must have bought them out.

Anyway I’m suffering today from a really bad head and a whistling left ear….it does me good to go out doesn’t it.

Toys 4 Big Boys

Jono with an electric car
So myself and Jono got up at 6am yesterday to get the train to Dublin. Luckily they re-opened the track between Sligo and Dromod so we didn’t have to get a bus this time.

We got to the RDS just after 10am and our tickets that we won from boards.ie were waiting for us.
As we walked in we had a close encounter with several Stormtroopers! Later in the day Darth Vader (David Prowse) was there signing autographs but at twenty euro a go we gave it a miss.

There was loads to see including Militery Vehicles, a ‘Dream pad’ kitted out with designer furniture, robots (including a dalek), cars, bikes, boats, disco lights and all kinds of things. What was missing were games consoles, computers and mobile phones.

Upstairs was a ‘pamper zone’ for the girls with different stalls selling anything from nail art to palm reading. There was also a fashion show. If I was organising it I would have had a wine bar for the girls, with soft lighting, girly films and chocolates so they could really relax.

The best part of the exhibition for us was the ‘Smoke ‘n’ Rubber show in the Live action arena. This featured:
•Abseilers
•Dancers
•Chain gang
•Quad Bike Stunt Show featuring Niall O’Hanlon
•Trialstar Motorcycle Trials featuring Andy Perry
•Rallycars
•Autotest
•Drifting
•Mini Motos
•Opposite Lock Live Action Display Team
I’ve done a short bit of video of the show.
The smell of burning rubber was mad. I’m so glad I don’t have to buy tyres for their cars.

Outside the main halls there was a wall of death (which we didn’t try!), a rally car simulator and a big inflatable ball which you got into and ran along a bit like a hamster. Jono had a go in this but he forgot to stand up and landed on his head! He was OK though and actually enjoyed it.

All in all it was a great day out and we really enjoyed it. I took loads of photos which I’m am going though and will put up on flickr and pix.ie

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