Franz Ferdinand – Live @ Rock City, Nottingham – 14/02/2018

by Dominic Higgs

Following the release of ‘Always Ascending’ the Scottish quintet are back, headlining one of the most iconic venues in the country, Rock City, Nottingham.

In long anticipation since their 2015 album ‘FFS’, Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand took to Nottingham’s iconic Rock City mainstage, on an intimate Valentine’s evening, to deliver a full-packed set of new material from the vigorous new album ‘Always Ascending’ and a handful of cult classics such as the 2004 indie anthem ‘Take Me Out’ which can be heard at any indie rave up and down the country.

The sold-out audience awed in admiration as Kapranos emerged onto the stage, carrying a heart-shaped balloon which he placed at the forefront of the stage, addressing his love to all the fans. This being my second time seeing Franz Ferdinand, after catching their headline set in the torrential rain at ‘Truck Festival’ in July 2017, I was excited to see what they had to offer this time round.


The set opened with ‘Paper Cages’ a new number from the album that features an initial heavy synth followed by lyrics “step out, step out of our cages” which sent the crowd into riot as mosh pits opened left right and centre across Rock City’s dancefloor. The crowd, which was a mixture of youths about to sit their GCSE’s or A-Levels and adults in their late 30s early 40s, intertwined with each other, almost as normal, all appreciating the fine music of Franz Ferdinand as they stampeded through their extensive 18 song setlist (which can be found below at the end of the article) and played songs such as ‘The Dark of the Matinée’ ‘Do You Want To’ and the song that all the crowd had been waiting for ‘Take Me Out’ which featured Kapranos and co. jumping up and down on stage making it almost hard to believe that Kapranos himself is sporting the number 45 shirt.

Here’s one of their most iconic performances of this number back in 2014 @ ‘T in the Park Festival’ where you can see for yourselves how rowdy the fans can be.

The band’s main set closed with ‘Ulysses’ a track from their 2009 album ‘Tonight’ before exiting the stage for a brief moment to deliver a mighty encore featuring the new album titled track ‘Always Ascending’ and finally another popular classic from their arsenal, ‘This Fire’ which drew their encore set to a close. Kapranos and co. thanked the crowd as they took a final bow and departed the stage, the lights came up and the sold-out crowd vacated the Rock City floor, satisfied with what they had witnessed.

Franz Ferdinand have been one of the most iconic, staple indie bands throughout the last decade and have transformed the way the indie music “scene” has been viewed. With an array of new album material and their floor filler classics, Franz Ferdinand’s set is not one to miss and I’d highly recommend experiencing these indie icons for yourself.



  1. Paper Cages
  2. The Dark of the Matinée
  3. No You Girls
  4. Glimpse of Love
  5. Do You Want To
  6. Lazy Boy
  7. Walk Away
  8. Lois Lane
  9. Lucid Dreams
  10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow
  11. Michael
  12. Huck and Jim
  13. Take Me Out
  14. Ulysses


  1. Always Ascending
  2. Darts of Pleasure
  3. Feel the Love Go
  4. This Fire

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