Two Door Cinema Club play first shows in two years under ‘cover band’ pseudonym

'Tudor Cinema Club' are playing three Irish dates this week

Two Door Cinema Club opened an Irish tour last night, performing as a ‘cover band’ version of themselves dubbed ‘Tudor Cinema Club’.

The band took to the stage in Galway’s Roisin Dubh under the false name, which is taken from a cinema in their hometown of Bangor (Northern Ireland). The band take their name from a mishearing of the name of the local cinema by guitarist Sam Halliday.

The shows mark Two Door Cinema Club’s first live appearances since December 2013, with planned shows for summer 2014 having been cancelled due to illness.


The tour gigs are billed as “a tribute to Two Door Cinema Club.” They’re advertised alongside a photocopy-style flyer featuring three cats, and saying “Bono says ‘we’re even better than the real thing'”, a quote ‘attributable’ to the Irish Times.

The three-day Irish tour as Tudor Cinema Club continues tonight (April 11) with a date at Whelan’s in Dublin, and concludes at Belfast’s Limelight tomorrow (April 12). Tickets have long since sold out, after music blogger Nialler9 dropped a heavy hint about the shows a week ago. Tickets for all shows were priced at around £7.

Check out Alex Trimble’s new grown-out haircut below:

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There’s a review of the show from Irish site The Thin Air – which reports no new songs were performed at the first show – here.

The band also hinted at the shows on their Facebook page a week ago, here:

This looks amazing! Someone please go and tell us what they’re like!

Posted by Two Door Cinema Club on Monday, 4 April 2016


Frontman Alex Trimble – who provided the vocal for lighting of the Olympic flames at the London 2012 Olympics – has been developing an alternative career as a photographer over the last couple of years.

Recently, however, the trio confirmed that their third album has been completed.

In a brief message on Twitter on April 2,, the Northern Irish act wrote “Album 3. Finished.” The message followed a picture from the studio shared on Facebook. No name or release date has been announced.

It has been almost four years since their second album, 2012’s ‘Beacon’. Two Door Cinema Club have announced festival dates that include Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Rock en Seine, Rock Werchter and NOS Alive this summer.