Scenes From Last Night's Two Door Cinema Club Show at the Palladium.
When the doors to the Palladium Ballroom finally opened last night, the line of fans stretching all around the building let out an audible sigh of relief. The sound that came next? Well, that was more of a scrambling one, as fans hustled into building as fast as they could.
That's the thing about early-arriving crowds like this one. They're an eager lot.
And, last night, these eager fans were dead set on getting to the front of the cavernous Palladium Ballroom to stake out a good spot from which to watch Two Door Cinema Club perform.
The problem with getting to shows this early, of course, is that it's basically a game of hurry-up-and-wait. So wait this crowd did once more, this time inside the room, before eventually growing tiresome and starting to chant and cheer for a performer — any performer — to come on out and entertain them.
Eventually, last night's opening act, Robert Delong acquiesced to these demands, coming out on stage and mixing his voice, beats, drums and gaming tools into an alluring blend that capably entranced the crowd out of its impatience.
Alas, the crowd's fervor would return soon enough. Once Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage, the crowd went wild, shouting along to opening offering “Sleep Alone” from the band's newest album Beacon. Next came “Undercover Martyn” from 2010's Tourist History, and the stage for the night was effectively set: All night long, the band bounced back and forth between their two releases, seemingly in an effort to make sure everyone in the audience's favorite song got played.
In the end, the band accomplished just that, saving their biggest hit, “What You Know,” for last. But it was a great moment, that final offering.
When it ended, the whole room felt united — if not by their blatant love for Two Door Cinema Club, then by the fact that they'd just witnessed a fun, energetic and fully satisfying show.