Review: Two Door Cinema Club wow at sold-out gig at Bristol’s O2 Academy

PUBLISHED: 15:15 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 08 February 2017

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club


Two Door Cinema Club wowed the crowd at Bristol’s O2 Academy last night (Tuesday) with tune after tune after tune.

The indie rock band from Ireland played an energetic gig at the sold-out venue last night and the Mercury’s content editor Briana Millett went along to enjoy the show…

I first discovered Two Door Cinema Club when stumbling along in a slightly-dazed state at Glastonbury festival in 2011 at the age of 18 – I’d not heard the band before but they were playing an early set on the Pyramid stage and one of their many upbeat songs caught my attention.

Me and my friends were quickly jumping up and down to Something Good Can Work and I quickly became a firm fan. I saw them again at the festival in 2013 where the crowd size had tripled and their hits were regularly receiving airtime on multiple radio stations.

So, almost six years after discovering the band, I jumped at the chance to see them perform on their tour as they arrived in Bristol – and the gig did not disappoint.

The Bristol gig was completely sold out and after seeing the band live it is easy to tell why – I didn’t realise quite how many hits Two Door have.

From their older songs such as Something Good Can Work, I Can Talk and What You Know to newer tracks like Are We Ready? And Bad Decisions, the band kept pulling one great song after another out of the bag – to the point I thought the gig was going to end about half an hour before it did because they couldn’t possibly have another hit, could they?

But, their set must have lasted for at least an hour and a half and the crowd were smiling from ear to ear for the whole night.

Personally I thought it was really nice to see the band at a gig of their own, rather than in a festival setting (although they know how to command a muddy field full of people, too).

The group made great use of strobe lighting and quirky projections to add something extra to the show, but their energy was enough alone to make it a fantastic gig – as evidenced by the hundreds of youngsters who spent the entirety of the show jumping up and down.

I Can Talk was the song of the night for me – at the risk of sounding a little cheesy the crowd went crazy for what is arguably one of the band’s biggest hits, and the atmosphere was electric.

I’d recommend trying to catch Two Door on any of their remaining tour dates, there’s more information here.

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