Photos on expired film by Alatz Ortega.
The last time Franz Ferdinand played NYC was back in 2013 for their Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions tour (I’m not counting their 2015 show with Sparks because that was FFS). So when it was revealed that they’d be playing Governors Ball I screamed internally – ok, I screamed out loud too. I’ve loved Franz Ferdinand since their debut album Franz Ferdinand and had yet to see them live. They’ve been sitting at the top of my concert bucket list for a long time, right up there with Radiohead (someone hook a girl up with tickets!). Now imagine my disappointed when I found out I could not attend Governors Ball this year, especially after attending the festival for the past 4 years in a row. As much as I loved the rest of the lineup, I could not get over the fact that I’d be missing Franz Ferdinand once again; it was devastating. However, my devastation would not last long. Governors Ball revealed their After Dark shows and, lo and behold, Franz Ferdinand were set to play Warsaw.
Fast forward to the show – the moment was here. I had the perfect spot, right in the middle. Everyone there seemed like just as big of a fan as I was. We were all ready. At approximately 9:35pm, the band walked out onto the stage and the crowd erupted. Four years since Franz Ferdinand last played NYC, we could not wait any longer. They began with ‘Jaqueline’, a fan favorite. You could tell because everyone knew the words, but then again everyone seemed to know all the words to most of their songs. After ‘Jaqueline’ they played ‘No You Girls’, and that’s when things really got crazy. We jumped, we sang, we got down – and so did frontman Alex Kapranos. Alex is the perfect frontman; he’s got charisma, sex appeal, and KILLER moves. Alex was doing the most. Jumps and kicks, really giving it his all. At some point he even ripped his shirt.
Honestly, I can go on and on about how amazing this show was. I could, but I wont. I’ll just leave you with this: as a frequent concert goer, I must admit, this is one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long time. Even if you aren’t a huge Franz Ferdinand fan, go see them live. They will rock the house and you’re guaranteed a good time. I promise you, it’s worth it.