‘If this is the life, then who’d argue?’ shouted thousands, all gathered together in a festival field for the love of Two Door Cinema Club, susceptible to the grooves and guitar lines. As the stage lights and euphoria simultaneously lit up the audience, a feeling much stronger than a sense of gaiety was in the air.
There is a difference between being a fan of a band and being a fan of a band. This difference, perhaps, defines the transcendence beyond enjoyment to identification. There are some of us who take the concept of dedication further, into a more abstract form of devotion. A level of adoration that to some, seems relatively recherché.
For myself, Two Door Cinema Club have been pivotal in the way I have experienced live music and lived through music. From the jangling, joyous jaunt that ‘Tourist History’ has taken me on throughout each subsequent listen, to the comforting ambience of ‘Beacon’, both albums have resonated with me in their separate ways over the past five years. Furthermore, their latest release, ‘Gameshow’, became not only one of my favourite records of 2016, but of all time – they took a step forward, a wholly unique venture into the depths of experimentation.
I wouldn’t describe myself as a fangirl per se but I have always felt differently about Two Door. Trying to justify my connection to the trio’s music in an eloquent way has always been a struggle, something rather esoteric, a connection concurrently both a form of ataraxia and a glut of passion. This connection is something that has become an integral part of my life; something that has inspired me both creatively and personally. This connection is something that I have been able to live out, surrounded by thousands of people, whilst feeling utterly alone, singing my heart out with all the fervour of a fanatic.
Like a child waiting for Christmas, the excitement built up overtime, waiting for that day became almost excruciating but this subconciously kept me going, kept me focused, kept me calm. Patience paid off – throughout the whole set, I felt enraptured by the fact I was living out those songs; the songs that have calmed me down, the songs that have picked me up, the songs that have changed my life. I felt part of an exclusive club, – maybe not quite as exclusive as that cinema club but part of a crowd that had come together to celebrate a band that have touched and changed the lives of so many. Feelings of passion and pride synchroniously clouded my headspace, I watched my band headline, sing to thousands as they created beautiful memories for those surrounding me. As the band stormed through cult classics (‘Something Good Can Work’, ‘I Can Talk’) and personal favourites (‘Changing Of The Seasons’, ‘Sun’, ‘Lavender’), ceaseless elation ran through the crowd throughout the entirety of the set. The pinnacle of my fervent fan feelings became apparent during ‘Sleep Alone’, as I heard the opening the chords, I let myself become fully lost in the music. It was in that moment that I knew truly, this was the life.
SETLIST – FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST 2017 – BOARDMASTERS FESTIVAL, NEWQUAY
CIGARETTES IN THE THEATRE
DO YOU WANT IT ALL?
THIS IS THE LIFE
CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
COME BACK HOME
SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK
ARE WE READY? (WRECK)
EAT THAT UP|IT’S GOOD FOR YOU
I CAN TALK
WHAT YOU KNOW