They used to be booked for the small tents at rock festivals, now Two Door Cinema Club are the headliners
Published 12/12/2013 | 12:00
Northern Ireland indie rock group Two Door Cinema Club have hit the big-time with the announcement that they will headline their first major festival next summer.
The Co Down band will top the bill at the Latitude Festival, which is in its ninth year, alongside the likes of Billy Bragg, Goat, Anna Calvi and Booker T Jones.
And they will be following in the footsteps of another Bangor band – Snow Patrol – who headlined the first Latitude in Suffolk in 2006.
Bassist Kevin Baird said he felt the band was ready to make the step up to headlining a big UK festival.
He said: "It's really exciting for us to be headlining Latitude in 2014. Over the past five years we've made the progression from playing in the small tents to being close to the top of the bill on the main stage.
"Headlining a great festival like Latitude is obviously quite a big deal for us, but we also feel like it is the next natural step. We're ready to headline. We're ready to smash it." The trio – made up of Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Baird – broke the news to their fans via social media yesterday.
Music journalist and BBC Radio Ulster presenter Stuart Bailie (right) said that he was "very proud" of the band.
"It's great to see them doing so well. I saw them play at Radio One's Big Weekend up in Derry and they were magnificent, and they were equally as good at Belsonic," he said.
"They've got two albums now with strong music and people care a lot for them.
"There's no question about people liking them, it's not just a UK thing or an Irish thing either, they're cool in New York and Paris too," he added.
The band, who are playing at the O2 Arena in London tomorrow, have enjoyed a successful career since they were formed in 2007, but have not been able to make the leap as a headline act, until now. They have had several top 100 hits and their second album, Beacon, reached number two on the UK chart last year.
And Stuart thinks that the band can only go from strength to strength in the coming years.
"Album number two is always a very difficult one to write because usually bands are touring a lot," he said.
"However, it seems like album number three is going to be impeccable."
Tickets for Latitude – held in the grounds of Henham Park in Suffolk from the July 17-20 – are already available, priced at £182.50 for the full weekend.
Two Door Cinema Club were formed in 2007 and released their debut album, Tourist History, three years later. The album was selected for the Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year. The band ended up being called Two Door Cinema Club because of lead guitarist Sam Halliday's mispronunciation of the Tudor Cinema in Comber, Co Down.