Jack and Jack Concert Review- Part 2

Hi!

So to continue from last week’s post…

Jack and Jack:

Okay, so rant over and now onto Jack and Jack’s actual performance! Oh my god- the start was so so good! I don’t want to ruin the start of the show for anyone that hasn’t seen it but they did something awesome at the beginning. I’m not going to lie, I did get very emotional during the show and especially at the start. The Jacks came on to ‘Flights’ (my second favourite song), which was utterly magical. It was a really touching start for me because that’s the song they came on to for their first international show and the first show of theirs that I attended. It is amazing to think that now they are flying all over the world to perform.

I felt so proud of them because they had structured the show really well. To start with they did ‘How we livin’, ‘Shallow love’ and ‘RWYA’. I’m not sure if they did ‘RWYA’ last time but damn Gilinsky was back at it again with the body rolls. I loved the high energy start and then I loved how they did ‘Tides’ after. ‘Tides’ is my favourite song and it is always my favourite part of the concert because it feels like all of the fans connect in the room and of course with the boys on the stage; it is the song for the fans. Jack and Jack are always so appreciative of their fans; they are just such incredible people.

Afterwards they slowed it down and did a cover of ‘Again/One love’ as well as ‘Paradise’ and ‘Wrong One’. It was so chill I loved it! Especially when Gilinsky whipped out the guitar- my heart literally melted. Johnson on the keys was awesome as well- I can’t believe how talented they are. They then went into ‘Groove’ and I was hard-core dancing and rapping along. It is just such a good song and I think that was one of the best moments because it was so hype. I also loved ‘California’ and ‘Wild life’ because they carried on the ‘hypness’ if that’s a thing. I was so insanely happy the whole time! Apart from them performing ‘Tides’ the best part was their cover of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. It was absolutely wild when they brought the drums out- I could listen to their cover all day.

For the encore, they performed ‘Like that’, which was electric! I wish they’d done more songs in the encore because the show finished at half nine and I wanted to hear their cover of ‘Let’s do it again/Santeria’! Overall, another unforgettable experience- thank you Jack and Jack and their team!

Love, Sydney

Jack and Jack Concert Review- Part 1

Hello! I am so excited to be writing about my latest concert experience! I went to see Jack and Jack at Indigo2 in London (a smaller venue inside the O2) last week. Jack and Jack are my absolute favourites; the only things I love as much are my friends and family. Previously, I have met Jack and Jack and been to their concert twice but this time I couldn’t get meet and greet tickets. I divided my review into sections because there are probably parts people don’t want to read, so just check the subtitles! I am going to carry on this post next week.

Merch:

This is probably quite weird but I think one of my favourite things about going to the concert was being able to buy merch! Before they haven’t had much merch and the shipping online is so expensive so it was actually really cool for them to finally have loads of merch. For anyone going to any of the shows in the rest of the European tour, this is the merch and prices: Wristband £5, poster £5, beanie £15, snapback £15, Calibraska Cd £5, lipbalm £5, black tour tshirt with tour dates £20, white longsleeved top £25, hoodie £35, black lyrics tshirt £20.

Support act:

Unfortunately, because I was in the merchandise queue I missed some of the support act but what I saw was quite good. The support act for the UK shows was an Irish band called ‘Taken’. I liked the part of their set that I saw and I think that they chose really energetic and well known songs to perform. My favourite song of theirs was their cover of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ because they got the crowd to do all of the ‘oh’ bits, which was such a fun! I thought they were a lovely band and I think it was thoughtful of them to say we could go and meet them at the back of the room.

Venue:

Before I go on, there is one thing that annoyed me about the event- this is nothing to do with the acts but with the venue themselves. I purchased standing tickets and it may have been a week before the concert that I received an email informing me that it had changed so we now had to have seats, which were allocated on a first come, first served basis; I was told that this was because of the production. My friend and I didn’t get to the venue until 15 minutes after doors opened because we had to go to school beforehand and it then took us a while to get up there. This meant that our seats were quite close to the back, which I don’t blame on anyone. In the support act, we went and stood in this section where there weren’t any seats behind the main seating section. When we stood there, we could actually sort of see but we found it quite difficult and exclusive in our seats.

However, when the support act finished, security was making everybody go and sit in their seats without any explanation as to why. At the beginning of the Jack’s set we stood on our seats so we could see and we were then told to sit back down by the staff, so we decided to go back to where we were standing before, except there were now a few rows of people in front of us. This meant that it was more difficult to see but at least we could stay there for the whole concert. I did not have a problem with having to change from standing to seats, but I don’t think the situation was handled very well. What I would like to know is what about the production meant we had to have seats because most people stood up the whole time anyway and this also meant that we couldn’t get as close to the stage. I also don’t understand why we weren’t allowed to stand up in the interval because that meant that we lost our spot. I have no problem with the venue trying to ensure everyone’s safety but I would have liked more explanation and clarity.

I will carry on next post!

Love, Sydney

Groovy baby Poem

Hiya!

This next poem is part of my ‘eyes’ series and is about Jack Johnson who is a rapper and my inspiration. It upsets me how some people only like Jack Gilinsky not Jack AND Jack. I wanted express how amazing he is! I don’t think this is such a problem anymore as people are treating them more equally now!

Groovy baby

So, tell me where you’re from

Tell me your name.

You look like a nice boy,

Mother’s would love- except mine.

My mother loves Gilinsky,

I’ve trained her well.

 

Are you a ‘geek’?

Not quite-

With the times.

A shadow blocked out.

By the hot one,

Your best friend,

His name’s Gilinsky.

 

In fact,

You’re the chilliest-

The most philosophical

Of all the people

I’ve seen before,

And you’re pretty,

Pretty damn smart.

 

I hate when people,

Push you away,

Ignore your brilliance,

Crop you out.

There’s more than one

Jack in Jack and Jack.

You’re groovy baby.

 

Love, Sydney

Looking back at 2015!

Hello, and so on to the last post of the day! As it is very close to the arrival of 2016, I thought I would have a look at some of my personal highlights from 2015.

The highlight of January was receiving a signed movie poster from Jack and Jack, which created a fantastic start to the New Year! I also embarked on my silver arts award journey. As a part of this, I was lucky enough to visit The Story Museum in Oxford, which featured a Narnia exhibition- a snow covered land entered through a wardrobe. Afterwards, I visited Friday Live at the Ashmolean Museum that was an event to celebrate the work of William Blake, based on heaven and hell.

February was an even more exciting month, with an enlightening visit to a Buddhist temple. This was a brilliantly insightful trip, where I had the opportunity to meditate with the monks and ask them questions about their daily routines. I absolutely adored my visit to Disneyland with my best friends. One of the best parts was seeing the castle, which was enchanting and magical! There was a parade where I got to see the likes of Cinderella and Tinkerbell. Going on all the rides, such as the flying carpet, brought back the extremely happy memories from my visit ten years prior. Another highlight for me was the Peter Pan ride because the stars in there were really pretty and stars are my favourite thing in the world.

In March I witnessed the rare event of the solar eclipse. This was a spectacular event! In March I also attended Janofest at the SSE Wembley Arena. It was an utterly sensational day in every way. I got to meet David and Katherine Gilinsky and I hugged them both- they were super nice! I got one of my Jack and Jack tops signed and I basically fainted. They looked soooo gorgeous in real life, I don’t even know how I breathed. I was really nervous so I just hugged them a lot and we said I love you to each other, then they thanked me for supporting them. They also asked me if I was coming to the concert and they hoped I enjoyed it. The picture is a bit ugly but G had his arm around me so who cares. The concert was lit and when they sang Tides I cried. They saw the poster that I held up for half an hour!!

The First Give final was held in June. This was an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of Marie Curie Cancer Care. We met some fundraisers and gave them money, which we raised through a hash in memory of my Nanny. It was also at this time that I gained my Silver Arts Award in Literature, which is equivalent to a GCSE qualification. I ran a highly successful event at The Story Museum called Dystopia Day. I recreated the set of Divergent and held many different Divergent based activities. I enjoyed visiting London Zoo with my friends. I got to see the penguins, which were so adorable and I also saw a zorse, which I didn’t even think was real.

My holiday in Bali was fab. I ate spring rolls in front of a volcano, I mean what could be better? I also went on an elephant ride. An unexpected highlight was the white water rafting. There were many temples in Bali. There were MANY temples in Bali. It was actually ridiculous, I visited so many temples. I actually took part in making coffee on one of the plantations and I stayed in a hotel in the jungle.

November was the month of the best day of my life. I saw the Jacks again!! This time was actually really eventful, as I actually talked to them when I met them. Firstly, I hugged Gilinsky and then I held his hand and told him about the poster I made last time when I saw them at Janofest. He asked if he said anything about it and I was told him that he pointed at it and then he said he remembered me and he was like ‘oh that’s so cool’. (Dead at this point) Then I went and hugged Johnson bless him and told him that I went to Janofest. He asked if I enjoyed it and I was like ‘OMG YEA TIDES!’ Andre was then telling us to take the picture and I said can we do the Titanic pose so then G was like ‘do I put my arms out or put my hands on your waist?’ so I said ‘MY WAIST’ and it was so beautiful and afterwards I just hugged them and we said I love you to each other and I just said thank you for making me so happy! I then told them about the scrapbook I made them and Johnson said they’d definitely read it.

Afterwards, I just waited in the front row at the stage with my friends and watched the Jacks meet other people, which was cute. When the Jacks came on stage Johnson was wearing the top I bought him and they kept looking at me and smiling and I touched Johnson when he came off the stage. Before Tides, Gilinsky said: “And even after looking around the room and seeing everybody’s hands up, if you still feel alone, you guys have to know you’ve got two guys up here that will never leave your side.”

I’ve had an absolutely phenomenal year and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings. I’m already very excited for the Jack and Jack concert I’m going to in April! Happy New Year!!

Love, Sydney

Janofest!

Hello and welcome to my first diary type post! I thought it would be interesting to sometimes write about a day in my life. Today I am writing about the day I went to Janofest, which was a stunning music event held at Wembley Arena on the 21st March. A whole host of stars played the arena from Luke Friend to The Janoskians.

Before the event started, there was a chance to meet and greet The Janoskians and Jack and Jack. I was lucky enough to meet Jack and Jack (consisting of vine stars Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky), which was the most incredible experience of my entire life. Once inside the building, we only had to wait half an hour and we got to meet David Gilinsky (Jack Gilinsky’s Dad) so the whole process was very quick and entertaining!

We were taken upstairs in groups of five, so it was a more intimate experience, which I loved. The only downside was that we were not allowed to bring our phones, presents and posters in with us. As I waited for the other girls in my group to meet Jack and Jack I got to talk to Jack Gilinsky’s parents, so I was having a brilliant time before I even met Jack and Jack. I think it was good that we could see them but had to wait a few minutes to meet them so we had time to compose ourselves.

Meeting Jack and Jack was absolutely incredible. I would definitely recommend it to anyone because it’s so lovely to spend time with the boys. I was allowed to hug (throw myself at) them as well as have a normal conversation with them. Meeting your heroes is amazing because you get to tell them how much they mean to you and they can tell you how much they love you. There was also a photo opportunity so you can have a souvenir of your experience. The event was planned out really well because we had a good amount of time with them, as they really care about their fans; they made sure we had enough time to talk to them and hug them another ten times.

The next part of the event was the concert itself. I don’t think this was planned particularly well because they were understaffed, ran overtime and couldn’t control the mass of screaming teenage girls. When we were finally seated we had to wait a while for the show to start so I was not that impressed at that point. I think most people were only aware that Jack and Jack and The Janoskians were the only acts playing that night, so it came as a complete surprise when Luke Friend came on stage. In general, I think most Janoskians fans dislike Luke Friend’s type of music so I don’t think he was well suited to the event. It was also irritating because I just wanted to see Jack and Jack perform.

Colin Key, an American magician, came on stage twice and Australian singer Faydee performed. There were gaps between each gap which meant the event stopped and started a lot. I think Colin Key was a strange choice because he is not a singer so I felt that he did not fit well with the event. Also, I would guess that no one knew who Faydee was so I think he was another poor choice in the line-up. By the end of Faydee’s performance I was highly irritated because it felt like I had been waiting ages for Jack and Jack to come on and I’d given up hope.

When Jack and Jack finally came on the stage to ‘Flights’, the whole mood of the arena shifted. The arena was suddenly a mass of writhing teenage girls screaming and crying. Jack and Jack played eight of their biggest hits, which I think was a good choice but I would have switched ‘Paradise’ with ‘Groove’ because ‘Groove’ gets everybody dancing. Jack and Jack interacted with the audience really well, getting them to wave their arms in the air and dance. There was so much energy- it was insane! I also liked how Jack and Jack made more appearances when James Yammouni (member of The Janoskians) played a DJ set and when The Janoskians played pranks of each other. I think it was a really good idea to have James play a set before the rest of The Janoskians came on because it kept the crowd wild and built the anticipation.

I was not expecting The Janoskians to be particularly amazing, but I have to say they performed live brilliantly! The boys brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the arena, so no one could stay sat down. We were constantly jumping around to their songs or waving our posters in the air. The audience could vote for pranks on Twitter, win prizes and five lucky girls even got to dance on stage with the boys during ‘LA Girl’. It was nice that the boys mixed their songs with other activities such as ‘Dare Sundays’, ‘Dirty Pigs’ and Zorb contests. The best part of the evening was the encore of ‘Best Friends’ when all the acts came back on stage, which was a perfect finish to a perfect event. Overall it was a phenomenal night!

Love, Sydney