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Franz's Alex comes home to Sunderland

As they prepare to do the rounds on the festival circuit, Franz Ferdinand have announced they will be hitting the road for a tour later this year. MARISSA CARRUTHERS finds out more about the Scottish rockers, and how for one of them, it is almost a return home.

With nine stop-offs on their UK tour, there will be one that frontman Alex Kapranos is especially looking forward to.

After moving to Sunderland at just two months old, Alex grew up in the city and South Shields, so a gig on hometurf is always a treat.

Ahead of their 2005 Arena gig, the chart-topper revealed he loved to wander around his home town and reminisce back to his childhood.

He also admitted his love for the famed Dickson's saveloys, stottie cakes and pease pudding.

So hopefully, 37-year-old Alex will be able to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing and stuffing his face when he lands in the region in October.

Franz Ferdinand – Alex, Nick McCarthy, Paul Thompson and Bob Hardy – first stormed the charts in 2004 when their single, Take Me Out, shot to number three.

They followed this up with their debut album, Franz Ferdinand, which followed suit, also peaking at number three in the charts.

The band went on to scoop the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, and in 2005 they wiped the Brit awards, walking away with Best British Group and Best British Rock Act.

Their follow-up album, You Could Have It So Much Better, shot to number one in 2005, and their latest album, Tonight, Franz Ferdinand, released in January, proved the boys still have the magic when it reached the second spot in the UK charts as well as hitting the top 10 in 19 other countries, including America.

The band recently completed a short sold-out UK tour, ending in a triumphant show at the Hammersmith Apollo.

In April, the went Stateside for a top tour before returning last month to hit Europe's festival circuit, with performances at Glastonbury, T in the Park and a headline performance at the Bennicasim.

They will also headline the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan next month.

You can catch Franz Ferdinand at Newcastle's O2 Academy on October 15.

Tickets cost 20 and can be bought by visiting www.gigsandtours.com or www.seetickets.com