Franz Ferdinand have announced their first gig of 2017 – headlining the Belladrum Tartan Heart festival in their native Scotland.
The ‘Take Me Out’ Mercury Prize winners will be supported by KT Tunstall, and joining previously announced headliners Sister Sledge at the event at the Belladrum Estate from 3-5 August 2017. For tickets and more information, visit here.
“This is the first time Franz Ferdinand has played Bella and we are totally delighted to welcome them to our stage,” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs.”I couldn’t think of a better act to close out the festival. And we are thrilled to be welcoming KT back. She played Bella before as an unannounced special guest but we are pleased to have properly on the bill this time.”
Earlier this year, the band unveiled new anti-Donal Trump song ‘Demagogue‘ – their first new material since guitarist Nick McCarthy left Franz Ferdinand earlier this year.
“When we record or tour, it takes a long, full-time commitment lasting a minimum of a year and a half, most of which is spent away from home,” said the band in a statement. “Nick has a young family and does not want to be away from them for such a long period.”
They added: “This is not necessarily a permanent situation and we will let you know if circumstances change in the future.
“We’d love to be able to say this is a result of personal or musical differences, but it’s not. Those differences are what we formed the band around in the first place.”