Brighton and Hove News » Franz Ferdinand performs an intimate gig in Brighton
FRANCOIS FERDINAND – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON 11.3.22
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2001. The band are one of the most popular post-punk revival bands, achieving several top 20 hits in the UK. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and received two Brit Awards – including Best British Group – as well as an NME Award.
They have previously performed live at Brighton’s biggest concert venues – the Brighton Center once (15 November 2005) and the Dome Concert Hall three times (8 December 2003, 17 March 2014 and 25 April 2018). They’ve also appeared live in our city on a few other occasions, when they graced the stage at Concorde 2 on October 28, 2003 and April 26, 2004. It’s a venue they’ve far exceeded…until now !
the Brighton & Hove Music Team were in effect tonight, so we’re bringing you two separate retellings of the same performance, as something quite special for a one-off concert. First is Cherie Elody, then later is Nathan Westley’s point of view. So without further ado, here is Cherie’s account………
Arguably the hottest ticket in town on a horribly windy and rainy night in Brighton, was held by those lucky punters who crowded into Concorde 2 tonight to indulge in the delights of a set of 15 songs by Franz Ferdinand. Last week they announced they would be performing a special performance in the compact outstore in support of their brand new 20 track ‘Hits to the head’ album, in collaboration with Resident Records of Kensington Gardens and local promoters One Inch Badge. Tickets would be limited to one per person with the corresponding option to purchase limited edition Resident vinyls, CDs or cassettes and they would go on sale at 10am on Friday March 4 and no doubt sold out a few minutes more late !
So, after a hiatus of almost 18 years, Franz Ferdinand was back in concert at Concorde 2 on Brighton seafront. The band stormed the stage and launched into the first song, ‘Curious’to a packed house with a very excited crowd.
For those in the audience who also saw them the last time they played here, it must have evoked a real sense of nostalgia, as singer Alex Kapranos remarked that their last appearance at Concorde 2 was in 2004. He has then caught the public’s attention in a playful way. to her outfit, asking “Do you like my sparkly jacket? Is that a bit too much of a game show host? »
As mentioned above, this show marked the release of their “best of collection”, ‘Hits to the head’ and so conscientiously the public was treated to an exciting catalog of their greatest hits! In fact, they gave us three quarters of the entire album on double vinyl, namely 15 of the 20 tracks.
He got hit after hit after hit tonight and by the time they got to ‘Get me out’, the crowd erupted, chanting and jumping up and down.
After briefly leaving the stage, the band returned for an encore of three more songs. ‘Ever Growing’, ‘Outsiders’ and during the closing track ‘This fire’, Alex held out the microphone to the audience, to which they responded eagerly, singing the lyrics “burn this town down” Many times.
Franz Ferdinand showed tonight that after a long career, they still have so much enthusiasm and energy when they perform on stage. A great show for dedicated fans, and if there were any newcomers to the band in the crowd, they were undoubtedly converted.
And now here is Nathan Westley’s account of that Franz Ferdinand concert……
For a music fan, there’s nothing better than seeing one of your favorite bands perform in an intimate setting. Franz Ferdinand usually performs on arena stages, and the few hundred people who were lucky enough to secure tickets to this hastily organized Resident Outstore gig knew they were in for a treat long before the band got going. on the Concorde stage.
In the mid-2000s, Franz Ferdinand was not a band riding the waves of hype, but rather one that helped define a musical movement. Their edgy artrock was heavily peppered with sharp, upbeat guitar riffs married to clever lyrical witticisms that had led them to regularly trouble the upper echelons of the singles and album charts.
Fast forward to the present and instead, these indie dancefloor anthems have finely aged into classics that also helped define the early part of the 21st century. Tonight, within the walls of Concorde 2, they are being broadcast to celebrate not only their existence but also as part of the release of the band’s first greatest hits album. ‘Hits to the head’.
set opener ‘Curious’ helps set the tone for the evening; its danceable rhythms and the soft voice of singer and bandleader Alex Kapranos take us on what was soon to become a nostalgic and pompous journey. Songs such as “Darkness of the Morning” and “Fun Darts” still have the same bite as the last time they played in this room some eighteen years ago. ‘Michael’ is still a fast-paced set of catchy guitar riffs and homoeroticism, while other songs such as ‘Do you want’ and “Get Me Out” help prove that when it comes to modern indie anthems, Franz Ferdinand is pretty much second to none.
But through tonight, we’re also shown that this isn’t a group that’s entirely rooted only in the past and continues to boldly move forward. Recently single “Billy Goodbye” follows a similar path to their earlier material; firmly holding a memorable chorus that has the ability to burn its way into your memory. But it also seems to attach an almost glam rock stomp, and seems like a song that will become a staple of their future sets.
Greatest Hits albums and tours can too often make us feel too nostalgic and yearn for the past, but tonight Franz Ferdinand proves they still have it.
François Ferdinand are:
Alex Kapranos – vocals, guitar (2001–present)
Bob Hardy – bass guitar (2001–present), backing vocals (2001–2008)
Dino Bardot – guitar, backing vocals (2017–present)
Julian Corrie – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2017–present)
Audrey Tait – drums (2021–present)
Setlist by Franz Ferdinand:
“Darkness of the Morning”
‘Illumination of Love’
‘Do you want’
“Get Me Out”