It had been a while, but Franz Ferdinand were back in Belfast, performing at Biggest Weekend at Titanic Slipways.
I had seen Franz Ferdinand before. It was a while ago, back in 2005 at Tennent’s Vital in Botanic Gardens along side Scissor Sisters.
Frustratingly, their short-lived but superb supergroup with Sparks, FFS, were playing Edinburgh when I was there in August 2015, but I was unable to see them. I went to see Aisling Bea instead.
The band entered the stage with Alex Kapranos wearing a suit with trainers. It would soon become apparent why.
Franz Ferdinand have a sound and they don’t deviate from it. It’s a great sound, that’s why.
They do guitar music you can dance to, or is it dance music you can play guitar to?
Either way, the crowd, myself included, was toetapping along as they performed their biggest hits.
Alex Kapranos was doing more than toetapping, doing all sorts of dancing, pirouetting, and even managing a few Peter Schmeichel-esque starjumps while playing guitar.
If anyone from Strictly was watching, sign him up.
They began with Always Ascending, the title track from their current album, before following it up with No You Girls.
Then followed Matinee, one of the two major hits from their debut album that made me fall in love with them back in 2004.
Back then, we was on BBC 2 telling Terry Wogan how he made.
Sadly, of course, Terry Wogan isn’t on BBC 2, or any channel these days, so the lyrics were changed to simply say “So i’m on BBC 2, telling Terry how i’ve made it”.
It could be Terry Christian?
That was then followed by Do You Want To?, the lead single from their second album You Could Have Had It So Much Better, which spawned other fantastic singles such as The Fallen and Eleanor Put your Boots On.
Saving the best, they finished on Take Me Out (like a few couples have. No likey, no lighty)
And that, was my Biggest Weekend over. I didn’t bother hanging around for Underworld.I was already danced out anyway.