Last night probably the biggest name in recent Indie music touched down in Hull as part of their Europe-wide tour. A tour, which, will see them play thirty-seven dates in sixteen different countries.
The tickets were sold out almost as soon as they came on sale, so we knew we were in for a packed gig with plenty of people and a great atmosphere. The Glaswegian multi-award winners sure know how to entertain and fully deserve their meteoric rise to the crown princes of Indie.
Alex Kapranos had charisma running through every fibre of his being, from the neat fringe down to the sparkly shoes. Once everyone was inside, the crowd not only filled the arena front to back but also took up most of the seated area.
Franz Ferdinand delighted the crowd with a spectacular set covering well over an hour of onstage time, including a four-song encore.
The stage was simply set with two arm-like white catwalks raised right and left and a raised
The centre section came out toward the audience's outstretched palms and the band made sure they used every inch of it to strut their stuff to the full.
Either side of the stage two giant screens made sure those further back could see what magic the four-piece were conjuring. The backdrop was decked out in blocks of black and red colour, providing a stark contrast to the blindingly white stage.
They thrilled the huge crowd with numbers both past and present.
Recent single Do you want to, which I now have to admit is a grower and gets me
singing every Saturday, had the crowd jumping up and down in ecstatic frenzy.
I'm your Villain also impressed and saw many of the kids doing a bit of audience
participation, fists waving madly in the air.
The Dark of the Matinee was just incredible.
This is a song loosely based around an old flame of Alex's and is also one of his personal favourites.
The musicianship was superb throughout, the vocals faultless, but what was more
engaging was the stagecraft and showmanship. If you look at much of Franz's promotional material, you will see there is an emphasis on shape and form.
Each band member will take on a definite pose and create something of a human motif. Through out the performance tonight all the members were engaged in creating these different shapes and symbols with slick movements and statue like poses.
I watched Alex half fall to the floor leaning right over his guitar, as if the
strings holding him upright had suddenly been cut.
Whether arms out stretched, head cocked to one side, or the silhouette of man and
guitar, Nick McCarthy atop the banks of speakers their flamboyance was vividly on show.
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Friday 4th November 05 - Shinobi featuring Grooverider and MC AOB at The Welly By Michelle Dee - 3 Page Photo Gallery.
Drum n bass creeps up from your feet to your fingaz and puts a smile on everyone's face...
I am aware of the genre drum n bass or d n b as it is commonly referred.
A good few years ago I stayed by my radio all night to tape the Bristol pioneer Roni Size playing live on air.
I watched with interest a docu-road movie on LTJ Bukem and the antics of MC Conrad.
The show ended up with the
Music Gig Gallery - 11 November 05 - Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at The Ringside by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at
The Ringside Hull
Friday 11 November 05 by By Michelle Dee. Check it out...
Music Reviews - Sunday 6th November - Staks Battle of the Bands 05 By Michelle Dee
On Sunday 6th of November the popular cafè bar cum restaurant on Beverley
Road held the final of the Battle of the Bands competition.
This event is not to be confused with Band Wars organised by the staff at the
Polar Bear on Springbank.
The bands that had successfully made it to the final were Hollywood, Minus 272 and the Vels.
Regular readers of this site will
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 20th September - SideWinder and The Raindogs at The Sesh By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 5 page Photograph Gallery of SideWinder and The Raindogs
at The Sesh on Tuesday 20th September 2005 By Darren Rogers.
Music Gig Gallery - Friday 9th September - Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This Photo Gallery of Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette,
Hull Friday 9th September 2005 is by Michelle Dee with photograph production by Kayleigh Tate.
Music Reviews - Saturday 8th October 05 - The Mardous and 59 Violets at Yo-Yo By David Thurlby Photos By Michelle Dee
The Yo-Yo night at The Welly Club on Beverley Road is slap bang in the middle
of its most hectic period what with all the students back in place and the host of bands that
are lined up to play it's Live Lab. Tonight saw a band from just across the bridge
share a small and compact stage with some up and coming chancers from down south.
Barton's own 59 VioletsRead more...
Music Reviews - 14th August 05 - Frank's Right Hand Trouser, Shindigg, Sal Paradise and The Vultures at the Adelphi By Anthony Baine.
So, another week, another gig.
This time it's the Paul Jackson's gaff for some of Hull's top local fare.
Sundays are usually quite hit and miss in the summer months while there are
no students about and this on this occasion I took a seat in a half-full
Adelphi just in time to witness four bands strut their stuff.
First up were The Vultures.
Hull's music scene at the moment consists mainly of
Music Reviews - The Leeds Festival Diary - 25th to 28th August 05 By Andy Knudsen Photos by Em Alexander, Steve Clappison at (www.tallorders.org) and Sam Saunders
In the same inexplicable way that you sometimes wake up a second or two before the alarm goes off, I wake up just before the door to the room I'm sleeping in opens. Dave bends his blonde head round the door.
"Helloo" he sings and advances into the room wearing a face like the Cheshire Cat.
I muster some kind of greeting and check my watch for the time.
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - 26th August 05 - Eat Your Words at The Welly By Diane
What a night to remember!
If you enjoy continuous dance music then get yourself down to Eat Your Words
at the Welly Club on Beverley Road and dance the night away like I did.
Very friendly staff as I entered the building.
Somewhere to drop your bag and coat and helpful staff at the bar if you're like me and can
never decide what you want to drink! A kind lass behind the bar offered
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Saturday 13th August 05 - Arctic Monkeys at The Silhouette by Nick Quantrill Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
Supported by The Applewhites, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys rolled into Hull as the current
NME-approved future of music, and for once they might just be correct.
Despite having released just one single, the band has already toured extensively to build
a formidable word of mouth fan-base, and they look equipped to explode into the musical mainstream.
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Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 August Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival By Roland Standaert.
Checkout this incredible 11 page photograph gallery of
Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival sent in by Roland Standaert.
The four day festival's fifth year is captured beautifully by Rolands superb shots of the bands and their audiences.
You may just be featured yourself....so get clicking and have a look.
Music Reviews - 13th September 05 - Kill Surf City at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Kill Surf City is generating a fresh wave on the Hull scene.
Just a few months ago no-one had heard of this mixed (boy/girl) five-piece.
I first saw them 17 August supporting the Applewhites at Ringside.
That day I sat down pretty pissed off about things in general and life in particular,
I happened to see a vaguely familiar face aside the stage. I recalled some weeks earlier,
Music Reviews - Friday 29th July 05 - Park and Ride, The Landaus and The Truth at KU Bar Stockton By Michelle Dee
At half past three on a balmy Friday afternoon I clambered into the back of a hire van to make the journey
Once inside, I was greeted by Hull's flagship band The Landaus, who were
playing on the same bill, and a few fans of both bands including the much-loved Haribo and
original party monster Dean Shakespeare.
Danny Landau appears to have found the best seat