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From an intimate gig for 750 at the Limelight last night to playing for 14,000 at the O2

By Aisling Scally

All bands dream of selling out large arenas with screaming fans.

But nothing quite beats coming back to where it all began.

While local indie rock sensations Two Door Cinema Club will be performing to thousands at a packed-out gig at the 02 in Dublin this evening, last night they kicked off the Irish leg of their tour with a smaller and more intimate performance at their old haunt the Limelight.

Before the gig Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird took to their official website to say: “Can't wait to be back on the stage where we launched our first EP on waaaaaay back in 2007!!”

And it would seem their Belfast fans were delighted to welcome them back to the revamped Limelight 1 venue, as the gig was a sell-out success with around 750 fans attending. The band have gone from strength to strength since the launch of their debut album Tourist History in 2010 catapulted them to fame with feelgood hits like Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work. The trio's latest album Beacon was released last September, and went straight to the number one spot in the Irish charts.

The group, who are said to have gotten their name from guitarist and former Bangor Grammar School pupil Sam Halliday's mispronunciation of Bangor's Tudor Cinema, have come a long way since 2007.

Not only are they performing in front of a sell-out crowd in the 14,000-capacity 02, the band travelled to LA in April to record the album with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee, who has worked with U2 and REM.

But despite their ever-growing success, the group were more than happy to return to their performing roots.

Alan Simms, director of the Limelight, told the Belfast Telegraph: “When we finished our renovations at the Limelight we thought we'd chance our arm and try to get Two Door to come and play. We thought there was no chance. To our amazement they agreed to do it and it's an absolute pleasure to have them come and play. It feels like the new Limelight is properly open for business now.”

Two Door Cinema Club are not the first band to find success after appearing in the Belfast venue.

Oasis, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and Biffy Clyro also played there before they were famous.

Oasis received a phone call saying that their album Definitely Maybe had reached number one in the UK album charts during the band’s Limelight gig in 1994.


Two Door Cinema Club formed in 2007. The band |released their first album Tourist History in 2009, best known for its hit singles |Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work. The album won Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2010. Their second album Beacon went straight to the top of the Irish charts last September. They recently graced the cover of NME magazine for the first time.

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