Franz Ferdinand play shock set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend

A big surprise on the second day of the bash

Franz Ferdinand made a shock live appearance on the second day of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee today (May 14).

The local heroes, sandwiched between Editors and Pink on the main stage, offered a sneak preview of their forthcoming T In The Park slot with an unannounced four-song set at Camperdown Park.

The band delighted disbelieving fans as they played four of their biggest hits – ‘Do You Want To’, ‘Michael’, ‘The Fallen’ and a hysterically-received ‘Take Me Out’.

Speaking to NME.COM before the gig, frontman Alex Kapranos said: “We’ve not been in Dundee since the end of 2003, so it’s great opportunity to come back to a really good city.”

He added: “It’s a dry run for T In The Park!”, referring to the band’s set at the Scottish festival on July 8.

Today on the main stage also witnessed hit-laden sets from Sugababes, who played their cover of Arctic Monkeys‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, as first witnessed at this year’s ShockWave NME Awards. Other bands who drew huge crowds included Feeder, The Ordinary Boys and headliners Keane.

The second stage saw a host of NME favourites strut their stuff – Hot Chip, The Kooks and We Are Scientists all going down a storm.

For lots more on the Radio 1 Big Weekend, including an exclusive interview with Muse about their sensational comeback at the festival, get next week’s NME, on sale nationwide on Wednesday (May 17) from all good newsagents.