GIGS OF PLEASURE!

NME.COM is backstage in Belfast for the first night…

Franz Ferdinand opened their third and final tour of the UK and Ireland this year with a blistering show in BELFAST’s ULSTER HALL last night.

The band, fresh from playing mini-arenas and festivals in the US, tore through a 13-song 45-minute set in front of a bunged to capacity 2,000 strong crowd.

They also gave fans a taster of what to expect from the anticipated new album with unreleased track ‘This Boy’ – a full-on rock belter. Before the show, frontman Alex Kapranos said he was looking forward to playing.

He told NME.COM: “The last time we were here, we supported Interpol in the Limelight Club. I hope the crowd welcome us again the way they did then. It was the best show on the tour outside of Glasgow.”

Guitarist Nick McCarthy also confirmed that the band would be heading into the studio for eight weeks at the end of January to work on the second album.

Franz Ferdinand head to Dublin today for the first of two sold-out shows. They hit their hometown Glasgow on Friday (October 15) for the first of three shows – one of which is a matinee for under-18s on Saturday afternoon.

The set-list ran:

‘Michael’

‘This Boy’

‘Auf Achse

’40 Feet’

‘Matinee’

‘Jacqueline’

‘Come On Home’

‘Cheating On You’

‘Take Me Out’

‘Darts Of Pleasure’

‘Shopping For Blood’

‘Tell Her Tonight’

‘This Fire’