John and Edward Grimes, a.k.a. Jedward, tell Shelley Marsden about their recent brush with death, appearing at Guilfest and wrestling members of rock gods Muse.
THE Irish pop twins that first rose to fame five years ago on X Factor are gearing up for a performance at Guilfest on July 17, but they almost didn’t make it after getting trapped on a sandbank recently after an evening stroll in Donabate, Co Dublin–somewhat ironic given the pair have campaigned for water safety in the past. But the coastguard was able to save them just in time, and so their loyal legions of fans (as well as some bemused festival-goers no doubt) will be able to enjoy their brand of fun and funky dance-infused performances once more.
You got stranded by the incoming tide at Donabate –what happened?
It was insane. We went out for a long walk down this giant beach, and we took a turn down this sandbank. It was getting dark and water started to surround us. It was really, really scary. It all happened very quickly; the ground was literally sinking around us. But thank God our cousin had a phone and we were able to call our mum and get everything sorted and get rescued, via helicopter with about ten coastguards. It was about 1am! Mum picked us up and brought us home and… None of us could really believe what had just happened. It’s crazy, because we’ve done campaigns for water safety and we couldn’t believe this was happening to us. It puts everything into perspective. We didn’t really know the area– you’ve always got to be aware of where you are and always have a phone with you.
Feeling excited about your upcoming performance at Guilfest?
We can’t wait to show people what we can do. It’s great that there are so many different acts. There’ll be lots of different people’s fans, so people who might not come to a Jedward show usually will be seeing us as well as our fans. We love festivals and we’ve done some massive ones, like White Party in Germany in front of 70,000 people, then Croke Park in Dublin with Westlife, that was 80,000. So we’re used to big crowds and we can’t wait to put on a big show at Guilfest.
Other Irish acts on the bill are The Boomtown Rats and The Fureys – will you meet them?
I think we will hang out with them a bit, yeah. It’s always a good moment when you get to reunite with Irish acts because on some level you’re on the same page. And festivals are fun – you get to chat with other acts, hear what they’re up to, check out how other acts are projecting themselves and interacting with audiences.
What can we expect from you two on the day?
It might not be what a lot of people expect, actually. We’re not going to be jumping out with spiky hair and going dead crazy – we’re going to be kinda cool and mellow. We’ll take our time getting to know the audience and then go from there. On X Factor, people expected us to be mental, but for the last two years we’ve been doing something a bit different.
For more, see this week’s edition of the Irish World (12 July 2014).