FRANZ FERDINAND MAKE SURPRISE APPEARANCE ON SHOCKWAVES

After famously playing bottom of the bill last year, the boys turn up for this year's event...

The SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS TOUR visited GLASGOW last night (January 20)– and saw ALEX KAPRANOS and BOB HARDY hanging out backstage.

The Killers, Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Kaiser Chiefs played the first of two sold-out nights at the Glasgow Academy (January 20).

Franz Ferdinand, who famously played bottom of the bill on last year’s tour, turned up at the venue to check out the new groups on the bill.

An eyewitness told NME.COM: “Alex was chatting to all the bands, and seemed to be getting on best with Kaiser Chiefs”.

After the gig, Kapranos was seen partying with the bands at the nearby Barfly venue until the early hours.

The tour plays a second night in Glasgow tonight, before visiting Nottingham over the weekend.

The final night is at the London Carling Brixton Academy (February 9). All dates have sold out.

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