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Vital 2011 - Two Door Cinema Club

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ATL | 13:50 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Main Stage, 8pm
Tuesday 23rd of August

Describe In a tweet: Three Bangor lads come back home.

Two Door at vital

 

What happened: "So we're Two Door Cinema Club, and, um, we're from here." This is a homecoming in the true sense of the word - we're regaled with some (probably) unprintable tales of Ward Park from the band between tracks from their debut album, but we're barely given a moment's breath otherwise. 'Undercover Martyn', 'Something Good Can Work' and Kids are reeled off effortlessly with the sheen of a band that has been touring for the past 18 months.

Alex Trimble's vocals are a delight as ever and there's some nice guitar work from Sam Halliday but it's the unofficial member of the band in Ben Thompson that steals the show at times. A civil war rages to this day between drum machines and drummers but this time, Thompson comes out on top with a fantastic performance. He provides an added kick to the band, spurring the gig on to greater heights. The crowd are in fine voice this evening, singing along to the vast majority of tracks, and Two Door really do keep the revellers dancing for the majority of their set. We're treated to a new track in "Sleep Alone": having heard it for the first time at Oxegen this reviewer can say that it's a grower, following the band's tried and tested formula, but Two Door Cinema Club stick firmly to the hits and the crowd do not mind at all. Finale "I Can Talk" means we finish on a high note, with thousands dancing and singing along in the evening sun. Glorious.

I'm Yours: "Eat That Up, It's Good For You" is a simply glorious piece of pop and the euphoric finale in this atmosphere puts a smile on our faces. Just lovely.

We Cry: Truth be told, the follow up album can't come soon enough. Tourist History is a genuinely fantastic debut record but the reliance on the weaker tracks from it instead of experimenting with new material live stands out as a solitary black mark against this performance.

Rating: 8/10

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