Franz Ferdinand UK tour - the first report

Band kick off their biggest ever British jaunt in Cardiff

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand kicked off the first date of their biggest ever UK tour in Cardiff last night (November 14).

Playing at the Cardiff International Arena, the sold out show marked the beginning of the band’s first British tour since the release of their second album ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.

“It feels like we haven’t been here for ages", frontman Alex Kapranos told NME.COM before the show. “We’ve been really looking forward to this tour, it’s great to be able to get out and play tour new songs for people.”

The show was opened by The Rakes, who played a pacey set including ’22 Grand Job’ and ‘Strasbourg’, before being followed by Editors.

The Birmingham-based band have been providing support for Franz on dates in Europe, but clearly relished the opportunity to play a bigger venue in the UK for the first time, as songs like ‘Munich’ and ‘All Sparks’ proved popular with the Welsh crowd.

Franz then took the stage for a set that combined mixed their new record with firm live favourites from their self-titled debut.

Opening with ‘This Boy’, Franz boasted a brand new stage set which featuring a series of black and red drapes, plus a raised white section for the drums and keyboards reminiscent of a 1960s pop show.

That effect was completed three songs in when the giant black drape behind the band dropped to reveal a large screen that displayed the band’s onstage antics in vintage-looking black and white.

Continuing with the likes of ‘Matinee’, ‘Walk Away’ and ‘Do You Want To’ – which saw Kapranos alter the lyrics to “Here we are at the Cardiff party" – the band quickly got packed crowd going.

‘Eleanor Put Your Boots On’ received its live UK debut with Alex Kapranos commenting “I never thought I see stagediving to that song”, before earning the largest cheer of the night for ‘Take Me Out’ which he introduced by saying “Bob (Hardy, bassist) specially asked me to play this song tonight."

With the band moving into their encore, Kapranos praised the tour support, stating “Editors and The Rakes are two fantastic bands”, before concluding the set with his best guitar hero impression, standing atop a speaker stack during closer ‘This Fire’.

Franz Ferdinand played the following set:

‘This Boy’
‘Come On Home’
‘Do You Want To’
‘Auf Achse’
‘What You Meant’
‘Matinee’
‘I’m Your Villain’
‘Walk Away’
‘Eleanor Put Your Boots On’
‘Take Me Out’
‘Michael’
‘The Fallen’
’40 Feet’
‘Darts Of Pleasure’
‘Jacqueline’
‘Evil And A Heathen’
‘Outsiders’
‘This Fire’


Franz Ferdinand’s UK tour continues in Brighton tonight (November 10), before moving across the country ahead of their four night residency at London Alexandra Palace at the end of the month.

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