Franz Ferdinand debut new material at Poland's Open'er Festival

Bloc Party also preview forthcoming album 'Four' at the European event

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Franz Ferdinand played a headline slot at the third night of Poland's Open'er Festival yesterday (June 6), peppering their set with four new tracks including two previously unplayed offerings.

Kicking off with old favourite 'The Dark Of The Matinee', the Glaswegian quartet then moved into new song 'Scarlet Blue' - an upbeat, synth-heavy track. They also performed new tunes 'Trees And Animals' and 'Right Thoughts', as well as another completely new track that found the band in loucher spirits. Scroll down to watch a video of the band performing 'Right Thoughts' earlier this year.

The 90-minute set also saw the four-piece run through a selection of hits including 'Ulysses', 'Take Me Out', 'Michael' and 'Walk Away'. 'Can't Stop Feeling', taken from their 2009 album 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand', was mixed into a cover of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', while a final extended encore of 'This Fire' ended with the band going to greet fans in the pit after taking a bow.

Earlier on the main stage, Bloc Party also played a fairly new material-heavy set, previewing five tracks from forthcoming record 'Four', which is set for release on August 20. The band also dipped into their back catalogue, performing the likes of 'Hunting For Witches', 'This Modern Love' and 'Flux' as well as set closer 'Helicopter'. Afterwards the band took a final bow at the front of the stage to huge applause.

Earlier this week, Okereke had been voted the sexiest man in indie rock, beating the likes of Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos to the top spot.

Meanwhile, M83 drew a huge crowd to his late night slot in the Tent Stage, having recently announced that he will be writing the soundtrack to new Tom Cruise film 'Oblivion'. Toro Y Moi and a host of Polish bands also played throughout the day.

The final night of the festival will see The xx headline, alongside the likes Mumford & Sons, Friendly Fires and Bat For Lashes.


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