Two Door Cinema Club endured a lengthy hiatus due to tensions rising within the band, Alex Trimble being hospitalised and the trio’s mental health at risk but 3 years later the Irish indie-rockers bounce back with Gameshow and a revamped yet overwhelming live show.
Friday night was always set to be a truly amazing night, not only was it a sell out but you had to look at the bands who were supporting, Sundara Karma and Circa Waves to see that. Reading golden boys, Sundara Karma kicked the night off and they acclimatised to the occasion brilliantly and set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening. Sundara Karma did not seem out of place. Opening with A Young Understanding and then following up with Olympia, Flame and She Said. Before rounding off a superb set with sombre Happy Family and Loveblood. Following their debut album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect which was released back in January, Sundara Karma have proven that 2017 is their year. Ozzy and his band mates put on a show, played anthemic Britpop with catchy choruses and lively guitar. Whilst they were only opening support who are usually overlooked, Sundara Karma kept the crowd engaged and had fans singing every word back.
Next up, were Liverpool rockers; Circa Waves. Circa Waves released their debut, Young Chasers, back in 2015 and seemed to have set their sound in stone. However, now in the lead up to Different Creatures, they now have a completely different sound. Opening with lead single from Different Creatures; Wake Up, the crowd were engaged from the off. Circa Waves played the likes of Get Away, Young Chasers and Fossils. They also performed Fire That Burns, the most recent single released by the band, this was one of their best songs from their short set. They also showcased Goodbye, which is expected to come from Different Creatures. Circa Waves finished off with My Love and T-Shirt Weather, which the crowd simply loved. Just like Sundara Karma, Circa Waves didn’t seemed phased by the size of the crowd or venue.
As Two Door Cinema Club prepared to come on, 7 enormous screens were unveiled consequently creating an atmosphere within the auditorium which was electric. As soon as Alex, Sam and Kevin appear on the stage, Alexandra Palace descended into one huge party. Two Door Cinema Club did not start things slow, Cigarettes In The Theatre and Undercover Martyn set the tone for the rest of the evening, indie-disco paradise. Do You Want It All? and This Is The Life deliver a one-two punch, before diving into the breakup anthem that is Changing Of The Seasons. To me, this was one of the best songs of the night; with front=man Alex getting down on his knees and providing heartfelt vocals.
The setlist lacked tracks from their latest LP but this was no stumbling block for the indie giants. The newer tracks like Bad Decisions and Lavender seemed to fall flat and lack what the older material provided. However, Are We Ready? (Wreck) was greeted with a huge roar proving the band haven’t lost their touch just yet.
Tracks from 2012’s Beacon were some of the night’s winners with upbeat Next Year and set-closer Sun which both had the crowd moving and chanting the lyrics back. 2010’s Tourist History provided the tracks which raised the roof with the likes of Something Good Can Work, Come Back Home and I Can Talk. Eat That Up, Its Good For You was on par with Changing Of The Seasons and simply went off. Two Door Cinema Club added The World Is Watching. For this, they invited Laura from Anteros out. Two Door had Anteros as support for all dates apart from at Ally Pally. Two Door’s setlist was mainly from Tourist History and was the main reason why fans went to the gig.
After Sun, the boys re-emerged for an encore which would bring the house down and went straight into Someday, with a chorus any guitar band would die for. What You Know was the final blow, starting off slow before launching into the fast paced anthem which brought friends and strangers together. The gig ended with the audience being covered in confetti.
Two Door Cinema Club’s show was exactly what they sound like; lively, punchy and impossible not to enjoy. Alex, Sam and Kevin are by no means performers but they know how to put on a show. The 7 huge screens took the attention away from the band. Two Door Cinema Club put on a party that no-one wanted to leave.
Gig Rating: ★★★★★
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