It may have been the hottest day of the year to date (Thursday, April 21) in Longford, but hearts were left cold and disappointed with the news that Jedward had cancelled their long-awaited concert at the Longford Arms Hotel.
The show has now been rescheduled to Saturday June 25 next. Speaking to the Longford Leader, Bad Behaviour Tour Promoter Brian Hand described Jedward’s devastation on cancelling the show.
“They are honestly devastated. In my 25 years working in this business I have never met a more dedicated group,” he said.
The announcement followed an injury to John Grimes’ ankle during a show in Wexford yesterday (April 20).
“He said it was OK and at the interval we had a physio look at it. He said it wasn’t broken so we went ahead with the second half of the show. The next day we took John to hospital and a scan confirmed that it wasn’t broken,” said Brian. “It was a bit stiff then this morning and so we took him to another doctor for a second opinion. He was told that he had a serious strain and would be off his feet for two weeks.”
John and Edward left it until late in the afternoon (3pm) to confirm that they would not be attending tonight’s scheduled show in the Longford Arms Hotel.
“All tickets are valid for the next show and if the date doesn’t suit anyone we will organise a refund nearer the time. We’re asking people to keep an eye out on the local media, facebook and Twitter.”
Although this was the story behind the scenes, for the fans the disappointment was more than many could bear. Many had gathered in the summer sunshine since 6am to see the Dublin duo. However by 3 pm, those aspirations were dashed as the devastating news drifted into the Jedward circuit.
The legions of devoted fans that made the pilgrimage from as far as Dublin were left distraught and none more so than native of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Alacoque Ganley who has an avid follower of the singing brothers since their first audition on X-Factor last year.
“I really wanted to see them sing, I baked them some buns and I have been writing a scrap book about them as well,” she said. The devastated fan had just arrived in the hotel complex when the crushing news was delivered to the ticket holders and considering that she was armed with a Jedward inspired hairstyle, a Jedward foam finger and the Jedward biography, one could easily accept that she was unable to fend off the despairing tears.
Confused and dejected Jedward advocates doted the Longford Arms premises hoping for a miracle to transpire. Parents consulted with staff to unearth the reason for the abrupt cancellation but according to Brian Hand, the concert is planned to be rescheduled for shortly after the singing pair return from their Eurovision duties in Germany.
Edgewrthstown residents Rebecca Kelly, Lauren Liddy and four year old Brianna Higgins were also planning to attend the concert but they are content to await further gigs in the Jedward calender.
Geraldine Kelly of Longford was equally disappointed.
“I have six tickets for five kids and myself. They range from 13 down to 4 years of age. It was a big night out for us. They were really really looking forward to it. We were starting to queue now (4pm) because we were so looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s a big disappointment after me turning up like this.”