Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club to perform at Irish Open
Northern Ireland rockers Two Door Cinema Club will perform a special homecoming performance at the 2017 Irish Open, it has been announced.
The Co Down trio revealed the news via social media on Friday that they will make history by becoming the first ever major recording artists to perform at the Irish Open.
They will take the stage at Portstewart Golf Club as part of the opening ceremony on Wednesday July 5.
Band members Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird, who are keen golfers, and lead singer Alex Trimble said they are excited at the thought of officially opening the 2017 golf tournament.
“It’s a huge honour for us to headline the opening ceremony at such a major sporting event on home soil,” said Sam. “It’s been fantastic to see how the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has grown in recent years, particularly since Rory McIlroy and his Foundation became involved.
“Kevin and I are big golf fans and we try to play when and where we can so we’re hoping to take part in the Pro-Am during the day and give Rory and Justin Rose a run for their money before we take to the stage in the early evening.
“We’re really excited to be involved and can’t wait to return home for our only Northern Ireland performance of the year.”
The Irish Open Championship Director, Simon Alliss, said: “We’re so thrilled to have one of Northern Ireland’s biggest bands lined up to perform at the opening ceremony of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
“The fact that this is the band’s only Northern Ireland performance this year makes it even more special and adds yet another level to what promises to be a really wonderful festival of golf that continues to grow ever year.
“It also offers golf and music fans unbelievable value for money as the opening ceremony is included in the Pro-Am ticket price - which costs just £20 for an amazing day’s golf and music.
“With the addition of Two Door Cinema Club to our star-studded event, we’re really looking forward to teeing off this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in spectacular fashion.”
The Irish Open will get under way the following morning with play beginning on Thursday, July 6 and finishing on Sunday, July 9.
Fans at this year’s event can expect to see Rory McIlroy defend his title for the first time against some of the world’s best golfers, with Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke also confirmed to compete.