Franz Ferdinand play hit-laden set at NME Big Gig

Band play before The Cure at massive London show

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Franz Ferdinand played a hit-laden set at the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at London's O2 Arena tonight (February 26).

The group took the stage following sets from Crystal Castles and openers White Lies.

The band, fresh from performing at the Shockwaves NME Awards last night (February 25), were impressively turned out, with frontman Alex Kapranos sporting a wet-look leather jacket, with drummer Paul Thomson decked out in a gold jacket.

Keeping the chatter to a minimum, Kapranos simply told the crowd mid-set that he was excited as them to see tonight's headliners The Cure.

Playing a set that mixed old favourites with songs from new album 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand', the highlight of the set proved to be 'Outsiders' as the band dropped their guitars, grabbed drumsticks and hammered Paul Thomson's kit to create a frenetic tribal sound.

The group then closed their set as always with 'This Fire' before headed off to make way for The Cure.

Franz Ferdinand played:

'The Dark Of The Matinee'
'No You Girls'
'Do You Want To'
'Turn It On'
'Walk Away'
'Bite Hard'
'Take Me Out'
'What She Came For'
'This Fire'

Speaking to NME.COM after the show, Kapranos said he was pleased to win over the front row of hardcore Cure fans and beyond. "I looked out and there were some people who were dressed very similarly to Robert Smith," he admitted. "They were really digging the tunes. I really appreciate that."

He added: "It's different playing this kind of venue – we've not really been doing these big gigs recently. We’ve been getting back to the hardcore sweaty gigs, so it's so much fun taking the songs and finding they work here as well.

"For the first couple of songs the lights were on too bright, I thought I was in a supermarket. We felt out the venue and the crowd, then three songs in something clicked – it was like meeting someone for the first time, having a conversation, then suddenly knowing you can connect with them. It turned out great."

Kapranos also paid tribute to the headliners. "Who isn't a fan of The Cure?" he laughed. "Last night people were asking if I was a fan and I was like, 'Of course I am!' It was like saying, 'Are you a Beatles fan?' They're great – no question about it."

For complete coverage from this year's Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.

There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 11.35pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am. NME TV will also have highlights andinterviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.

Meanwhile, get this week's issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year's Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.

Plus NME Radio is broadcasting highlights of this year’s awards - tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio.

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