Little Bear Rock Other Voices

Derry~Londonderry's finest save the day when Two Door Cinema Club cancel through illness. Watch video of their last-minute soundcheck

It was all going so well... Local singer-songwriter Soak and Neil Hannon, frontman with The Divine Comedy, had got things started on Friday evening, when RTE's Other Voices live music programme broadcast outside of the County Kerry town of Dingle for the very first time.

The trip north was in aid of Derry~Londonderry's year-long tenure as the first UK City of Culture, with a jaunt across the water to London scheduled for later in the year. The event was streamed live online from the Glassworks on Derry's Great James Street – a suitably atmospheric venue, in keeping with the traditional Other Voices vibe.

Running over three nights for the first time, Other Voices Derry continued on Saturday, February 9, when local singer-songwriter and actress Bronagh Gallagher and others performed, before headline act Marina and the Diamonds.

But all the kids were waiting for Sunday, when globe-trotting Northern Irish indie pop outfit, Two Door Cinema Club, would round off one of the city's finest weekends of music, which had also involved a 'music trail' of gigs in venues across the city featuring many local groups and individual performers.

Then, in a statement released on Sunday morning, Two Door Cinema Club unceremoniously declared themselves unfit to perform: 'Alex [Trimble] our lead singer has acute laryngitis and cannot speak let alone sing,' the statement read. 'We were all very much looking forward to performing at Other Voices, but unfortunately it is completely out of our control.'

Step forward, Little Bear. Having performed in St Augustine's Church in the maiden city on Saturday evening, the four-piece from Derry took the Bangor band's place – and history was written. Watch video highlights of their last-minute soundcheck in the video above, as well as performances from other acts in venues across the city.

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