Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish indie-rock band hailing from Glasgow. The band first formed in 2002 but all of its members - frontman Alex Kapranos, guitarist Nick McCarthy, bassist Robert Hardy, and drummer Paul Thomson - performed in bands prior to Franz Ferdinand; Kapranos and Thomas both played together in Yummy Fur.
Just a year after getting together the band managed to make an instant impact on the UK charts, hitting 43 with their debut EP 'Darts of Pleasure', which hit shelves via Domino as their first record deal. The band picked up the Phillip Hall Radar Award at the NME Awards 2004 (the first of many prizes they'd go onto win), and their first record followed soon after.
Self-titled, that record burst on to the UK Albums charts at number 3, and kick-started the band's major success both sides of the pond - they hit 32 in the US, and have been a Top 10 band there ever since. Franz Ferdinand is now 4x platinum in the UK, highlighting their popularity.
Since then they've released three more records, and have become known for their critically-acclaimed live shows, having toured the world extensively in support of their studio work, including their latest effort, 2018's 'Always Ascending'.
Following a UK and North American arena tour, Franz Ferdinand will headline BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Belfast in May, then the British Sound Project in September. They've also confirmed two London Roundhouse shows for September. Check below for the full list of dates and to find tickets through Stereoboard.
Superb gig, sleek and stylish stage set up - set was maybe a little too short considering the amount of material they have behind them. Great misx of old favourites and new songs kept London rocking, I forgot about how many hits they have had! They're definitely one of those band who are even better on the stage than in the studio. Always well worth seeing Welcome back Franz - loving the new album!
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