Two Door Cinema Club made a tiny corner of Bangkok feel like Glastonbury

Two Door Cinema Club made a tiny corner of Bangkok feel like Glastonbury

Two Door Cinema Club and Bangkok have had a long distance relationship for some time, with fans hoping and waiting for them to one day come.

They were originally set to make their debut in Bangkok in 2013, but canceled due to lead singer Alex Trimble coming down with laryngitis. But on Wednesday night, it finally happened.

You kind of think to yourself that a band like Two Door Cinema Club must have quite a few fans here, but nothing can prepare you for when all of those fans show up! Standing near the front mid concert, I kept looking back over my shoulder at the thousands of people there thinking “this is ridiculous!”

I really shouldn’t have been surprised though, because Two Door Cinema Club are THAT good. Their music just makes sense; jaunty pop numbers that could turn any space into a party and a stage performance that they have perfected after almost a decade of performing.

 

You could really feel the support from the Thai fans gathered. Not just support for their show or new material, but for them as people and artists who have gone through a lot to share their music with audiences.

 

But despite their happy sounds, there is more to the story than that. The band split up for 18 months after the stress of 6 years on the road became too much for them. They were forced to cancel a headline set in 2014 when lead singer Alex Trimble had a mental and physical breakdown, and soon after the band-mates went their separate ways for some time, allowing themselves to live the lives they hadn’t been able to live within the band, which they have been busy with since they were teenagers.

They are now working on releasing their third album titled Gameshow and you could really feel the support from the Thai fans gathered. Not just support for their show or new material, but for them as people and artists who have gone through a lot to share their music with audiences.

 

When Two Door Cinema Club eventually appeared, the moment had all the emotion of a couple meeting at an airport arrival hall.

 

Wednesday’s concert took place at Oasis Outdoor Arena just off RCA, a huge space that really felt like the main stage of an out of town music festival, only that as everyone sits on the ground waiting for a performance to start, you’re sitting on cement and not grass.

The first up of two opening bands were Tabasco. I only got to see the last half of their set, but they were great, with tunes that sounded quite similar to Two Door Cinema Club’s tracks, with a Thai twist of course.

There was quite a long break between the first two bands, and by the time the next band – Tattoo Colour – were up, the crowd needed some fun. And that’s just what they got, Tattoo Colour delivering one of the most energetic performances I’ve seen for some time! You could feel that these are bands that are usually used to commanding a stage on their own, and maybe a little out of their element opening for a foreign band, but they handled it perfectly, with Tattoo Colour getting the crowd singing, dancing and jumping till the point that I thought their performance would be difficult to beat.

 

One minute blurred into the next as Bangkok became the band’s backing singers, singing parts of songs with the band almost as if it had all been rehearsed.

 

After they finished, there was another long wait due to some technical difficulties, but it actually played out in favor of the evening.

When Two Door Cinema Club eventually appeared, the moment had all the emotion of a couple meeting at an airport arrival hall. As they launched into their first number Cigarettes In The Theatre, the crowd sang along, and it truly was beautiful.

Each additional song was just another opportunity to cheer, to dance, to sing. Lead singer Alex Trimble noted “it sure is hot here, let’s make it hotter!” One minute blurred into the next as Bangkok became the band’s backing singers, singing parts of songs with the band almost as if it had all been rehearsed. The crowd craved each classic, and were appreciative as the band performed the tracks Are We Ready? (Wreck) and Bad Decisions from their new album.

While this is a band very much used to big shows and great audiences, you could see that they appreciated the response from the fans here, with guitarist Sam Halliday exclaiming “This is so great! Thank you so much!”

 

When you strip it down this was just a night spent at a big open space flanked by apartments and clubs on the corner of RCA, yet the promise of Two Door Cinema Club’s timeless music drew thousands of people, and for a night, made it feel like Glastonbury.

 

Time flew past, everyone just caught up in the moment, a moment they didn’t want to end. The band tore through their set list, straight past the last song and right through their 3 encore songs, ending with What You Know, the song the crowd had been ultimately waiting for.

In the end it was the die-hard fans who waited at the front as the band’s crew tossed picks, drum skins and set lists into the crowd, but what stood out to me most about the whole evening is that all you really need is great music to have a truly once in a lifetime experience.

When you strip it down this was just a night spent at a big open space flanked by apartments and clubs on the corner of RCA, yet the promise of Two Door Cinema Club’s timeless music drew thousands of people, and for a night, made it feel as special as any festival. Maybe even Glastonbury.

 

Find out more about the event organizer OD and Prat Music Group here:
OD – https://www.facebook.com/odbkk
Prat Music Group – http://www.prartmusic.com

 

— Written by Abner Olivieri, images credit to OD.

 

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