The Scottish band deliver a rousing set as the sun goes down

Franz Ferdinand played one of the liveliest sets of Day One of the Coachella Festival (April 17).

Although the band just released a new album, they played several older crowd-pleasers that got the huge crowd dancing at the main stage.

Kicking things off with ‘Dark Of The Matinee’, the band then launched into the highly danceable new tune ‘No You Girls’ as the sun set over the festival grounds, turning the surrounding mountains shades of pink and orange.

“Are you doing all right Coachella?” Kapranos asked. “It’s beautiful with the sun setting in the desert. It’s pretty good.”

The audience tossed beach balls and danced with their hands in the air during their 50-minute set. “I hear there’s a band called The Beatles playing here later,” he quipped, referring to former Beatle Paul McCartney‘s headlining set on the same stage later in the evening.

When he spotted a woman in the crowd holding a large Scottish flag, Kapranos said “I’d like to dedicate the song to the girl in front with a Scottish flag,” before launching into ‘Walk Away’.

He later responded to someone in the crowd who asked him to take his shirt off. “Someone on the crowd wants to see my nipples,” he said. “There’s not a lot going on there I’m afraid.”

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Franz Ferdinand played:

‘Dark Of The Matinee’
‘No You Girls’
‘Turn It On’
‘Walk Away’
‘Take Me Out’
‘What She Came For’
’40 Ft’

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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