Thursday 19 September 2019

'It's not our concert but we're going to treat it like it's our concert!' - Sean and Conor Price gearing up for 3Arena

Blessington brothers will be joining X Factor Live Tour

Wicklow teens Sean and Conor Price
Wicklow teens Sean and Conor Price
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Two weeks after X Factor final brothers Sean and Conor Price are back to the books at school preparing for their Leaving and Junior cert exams.

However, unlike their peers who are in full study-mode, the boys from Blessington have one eye on performing.

Concentrating on exams, they admit, is tough when they're gearing up to take to the stage at the Olympia and 3Arena; "You're sitting in maths or Irish thinking I just want to be singing right now," says Conor.

Sean (18) and Conor (15) are the musical guests for this year's Olympia Theatre panto, Polly and the Beanstalk, which kicks off tomorrow until mid January and in February they'll join the official UK and Ireland X Factor live tour.

Sean and Conor Price sing Sia's Cheap Thrills on The X Factor
Sean and Conor Price sing Sia's Cheap Thrills on The X Factor

The panto offer came days after they exited X Factor and this week they were selected as the wildcard act to join the final six on tour, pulling more than 65 per cent of the public vote.

It's clear they're determined to capitalise on the momentum of the show.

Sean and Conor Price. PIC: ITV
Sean and Conor Price. PIC: ITV

"Honestly it's unbelievable," says Sean of the public vote to get them on tour with winners Rak Su, runner-up Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen, The Cutkelvins and Lloyd Macey.

"We were totally overwhelmed and astounded by the support we got from people who voted for us.  There was so much talent and anyone would have been brilliant on the tour."

The Price Brothers at the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition
The Price Brothers at the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition

As for playing the 3Arena and other cavernous venues across the UK, they say the reality hasn't really sunk in yet, although they're hugely impressed that their idol Ed Sheeran has already graced the stage at the Dublin city centre venue.

"I know it's not our concert but we're going to treat it like it's our concert, especially because it's Dublin!" says Sean of the show on February 17.

However, they're equally, if not more, excited about performing on the Olympia stage.

"We're really looking forward to it," says Conor.  "What made us definitely want to do the panto is playing the Olympia every night.  We've been to concerts there to see our favourite performers so to play the Olympia every night in December and January is a dream come true."

With panto ending in January and the X Factor tour kicking off in February they have only 'more or less one or two weeks' break in between.

"We're busy but we're glad we're busy," says Sean, although he admits his studies might have to take a back seat for a time.

"It looks like I might have to give the mocks a miss," he says of his mock Leaving Cert exams which will take place in March.

"If I can squeeze them in I will but I definitely want to sit my Leaving Cert," he says.  "I'm fairly academic but at the moment the music is a priority.  I'll have a few books on tour so hopefully I'll get some study done."

He has no plans to repeat the Leaving Cert as music will be their sole focus come June, "I think if we both get the exams done in June we can both take a full year to push on with the music."

Their parents John and Karen are supportive of their ambitions, with one of them accompanying them on tour as Conor needs a chaperone.

"One of them is stepping up, the heroes that they are!  Their life starts at 50!" laughs Conor.

For tickets to see Sean and Conor on The X Factor Live Tour 2018 go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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