Guest post by Charlotte Sutcliffe
So, safe to say that I was more than beside myself when I saw the opportunity land right into my work inbox to host an event in itself, I knew would be ground-breaking. This would be the bands biggest headline show to date and having just been announced as Latitude festival headliners, the giant crowds of following fans are just something they are going to have to get used to. Two Door Cinema Club has been one of my favourite bands for the past 5 years, I look fondly back on the time I first ever saw them live on a tiny stage, just performing to a handful of people, with a drink clenched firmly in hand, and my feet moving uncontrollably, that night, I fell in love. Safe to say these Irish based indie boys have certainly climbed higher and higher up the musical ladder since first starting out in 2010.
I’ve seen these guys 7 times now in total, and they always bring something fresh to the table each time, which make them such an innvotive and intresting band to watch live. I have to say, after seeing them at festivals in the summer, everyone going crazy and dancing around with good feeling in the air, or in dingy basement type venues with the smell of beer and stale cigerettes in the air, amid sweaty teenagers, they never yet, have failed to impress me.
We stayed for the full duration of our trip at the rather lavish International Hotel in Docklands, as it is one recommended for a trip to the 02. Upon walking into the hotel lobby, I knew I’d’d made a fantastic choice. The hotel itself was grand, had stunning views of canary wharf out of each window, (really breathtaking stuff) and the staff could not of been more helpful, kind, and more than happy to help 2 girls who looked very puzzled at how exactly they were going to get to the venue in an hour and a half’s time. And how to read a very blurred tube map. (I may of split my diet coke on the train, no guesses as what onto).
We managed to get to the 02 Arena with plenty of time to spare (check us out) although if not rather flustered and dripping wet from the downpour of rain, but still buzzing with excitement and anticipation for what the night had in store for us! What I think made it even more exciting, was that as we strolled through the bright lights and hoards of excitable people, there was the bands name following us around each corner of the arena with video footage of exactly what you want to see, the band absolutely killing their latest single “Changing of the Seasons” from an earlier gig last year. All I can really say is they did not disappoint! The stand out tracks for me had to be, “Come Back Home” “The World Is Watching (With Valentina) and for this track for the first ever on a live show, none other than Valentina herself stepped out onto the stage to perform the song with the band, it actually made my night unforgettable. “What You Know” “Handshake” and “Undercover Martyn” coming firmly in at second place.
The night is pent up on high energy but there isn’t a song played that didn’t get the crowd going. They keep the energy up the whole way through, just rolling out hit after hit, giving each track there absolute heart and soul. After playing a set of 16 songs, you know your onto a good thing when the crowd are literally screaming, crying out to them to return to the stage for an encore. And that’s just what they did. A 3 song encore I may add.
They have without shadow of a doubt earned their prized spot on the stage, this showing you that you don’t need to have the big media hype that surrounds some bands, to make it in the big leagues. Two Door Cinema are in a league of their own. And to be completely honest, it was one of the best nights of my entire life, so, if not for anyone else, I felt like that gig was just a little bit for me.