Franz Ferdinand premiere new material at V Festival

The Staffordshire site gets a sneak preview of the band’s second album…

FRANZ FERDINAND premiered their eagerly awaited new album in the UK for the first time at the V FESTIVAL in STAFFORD tonight (August 20).

The band, co-headlining the event with Scissor Sisters, delighted the evening throng by playing four songs from their second LP ’You Could Have It So Much Better…With Franz Ferdinand’, out on October 3.

The tracks were new single ’Do You Want To’, ’Evil And A Heathen’, ’I’m Your Villain’ and ’The Fallen’.

Frontman Alex Kapranos introduced their massive hit ‘Take Me Out’ as “a song written by Tony Christie in 1942”, in tribute to the veteran singer who had played the V Stage earlier that day.

Earlier, Kapranos had told NME.COM of his delight to be at V, saying: “It’s great, seems like there’s a nice atmosphere. It’s our first time here, so it’s pretty good to be headlining!”

The full set included:

’Michael’

’Evil And A Heathen’

’Jacqueline’

’Auf Asche’

’I’m Your Villain’

’Take Me Out’

’Do You Want To’

’Tell Her Tonight’

’Matinee’

’The Fallen’

’40 Ft’

’Darts Of Pleasure’

Stay tuned to NME.COM for more news direct from both V Festival sites, plus see next week’s NME out on Tuesday August 23 in London and nationwide the next day.