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Two Door Cinema Club’s award makes them rock’s hottest ticket

By Maureen Coleman

Things just keep getting better for Two Door Cinema Club.

The Northern Ireland band celebrated St Patrick's Day in style in Austin, Texas, after scooping a major MTV award.

The Co Down outfit were named Best New Band at the mtvU Woodie Awards on Wednesday night, the latest trophy to add to a growing litany of accolades.

The boys beat four other acts to win the ‘Breaking Woodie' category, including the critically-acclaimed New York duo Sleigh Bells.

The Woodies are organised by mtvU, a sub-division of MTV, aimed primarily at college and university students.

The nominees tend to come from a indie rock or hip-hop background and past winners include Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, The Killers and Kings Of Leon.

The three young musicians — Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird, who met at school in Bangor — also performed at the event, which coincided with the massive new music showcase South by South West, held annually in Austin.

Two Door Cinema Club's Alex said: “It was really great to win an MTV award for best new band, especially so far away from home and even greater to win it on St Patrick's Day, giving us two reasons to celebrate.”

Two Door Cinema Club were unveiled last week by music research company Songbird as one of the hardest working bands in the world.

Based on the number of tour dates undertaken and amount of miles travelled, the band was placed fourth on the list, ahead of established acts like Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend.

They were the only act from the UK and Ireland to feature in the survey.

Before travelling to the mtvU Woodie Awards this week, the boys played a show in London, and are due back in Ireland today to perform two sell-out dates at the Olympia in Dublin.

Their debut album Tourist History was also named the winner of the Irish Choice Music Award last month.

And earlier this year they were nominated for two NME Awards.

The inaugural mtvU Woodie Awards were held in 2004 and are described as ‘the music voted best by college students'.

The award itself is made from wood and hand-crafted by college students.

Later this year the MTV European Music Awards are being held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and is expected to be the biggest entertainment event ever staged in the city.



Previous Woodie winners:

2004: Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers won the Breaking Woodie (Best New Band) .The Killers are now one of the biggest bands in the world, headlining festivals, topping album charts worldwide and winning numerous awards.

2007: Muse picked up the Performing Woodie award. The trio have won over 35 major awards, including Brits, Grammys and five MTV EMAs.

2009: Tennessee rock band Kings Of Leon scooped the Woodie of the Year award for an outstanding 12 months.

2011: US rapper Kanye West was among the winners this year, picking up the Leftfield Woodie

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