The NME Awards Tour stars prove massively popular in their native Glasgow...

Over 200 Franz Ferdinand fans queued up this afternoon (January 26) to meet their new pop heroes when they returned to their hometown of GLASGOW for a signing session ahead of tonight’s NME AWARDS show at the CARLING ACADEMY.

The four-piece were the first of the NME bands to meet the fans, with Rapture and Funeral For A Friend turning up later on.

It was the first time Scots fans had a chance to meet the band since they scored a Number Three hit with their ‘Take Me Out’ single last week.

Schoolgirls Ali Mathers and Gillian Smith, both 16, had just finished an English exam at Hutcheson’s Grammer School and rushed up to the Buchanan Street store specially to meet the band.

“It was totally worth it!” said Ali, from

Giffnock. “We’re growing fans, we just heard about them last week. We like White Stripes and stuff like that.”

They were gutted that they couldn’t get tickets for tonight’s gig, but said getting to meet them made up for it.

“They’re really nice! We were talking about our exams

and they were saying they hope we do well,” said Gilllian, from East Kilbride.

Ryan Diamond, 18, from Bishopbriggs, has been a convert since he saw them play at the tiny Stereo venue in Glasgow last September.

“They were absolutely fantastic. I went to see my mate’s band

Fudge who were playing that night too. Franz Ferdinand sounded totally fresh, they were brilliant, not like the same old Strokes or

[a][/a], it’s something new. It definitely helps that they’re from

Glasgow – I’m in a band and they are doing everything that I want to do!”