A Night for Scotland took place at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on September 14
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos yesterday (September 14) spoke out in favour of a ‘Yes’ vote for Scotland at pro-independence event A Night for Scotland.
Other artists appearing at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall included Mogwai, Amy Macdonald, Frightened Rabbit, Eddi Reader and Deacon Blue’s Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross. The crowd of almost 3000 waved saltire flags throughout the event, which organiser Tommy Sheppard said was intended to galvanise activists in the final hours of campaigning.
After playing their hit ‘No You Girls’, Kapranos told the crowd: “I have to apologise for the number of times I said No in that song – I don’t mean it.”
Later, before the band performed ‘Take Me Out’, Kapranos said: “It feels incredible to be standing here on the edge if this stage tonight on the edge of history. I’m not the kind of guy that’s used to making any sort of speech. I’m a man of few words, tonight I’m a man of one word and that word is ‘Yes’.”
Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite told the crowd: “We all know what a historic week this is and we all know what we’ve got to do. So let’s all vote ‘Yes’,” reports Glasgow’s Evening Times.
Frightened Rabbit closed the show, and frontman Scott Hutchison told the crowd: “I know you’re all converts already but we should believe in ourselves. We are ahead and let’s just push this through.”
The vote to decide on Scottish independence will take place on September 18. Other musicians have also been vocal in their wish for Scotland to vote ‘No’ and remain part of the United Kingdom. In August, more than 200 celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry and Sting, signed a petition urging Scottish voters to vote no in the forthcoming referendum.