Franz Ferdinand’s Sunderland gig will ‘keep city talking for years’

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BRIT Award-winners Franz Ferdinand will take to the stage in Sunderland for the first time in the latest coup for a city centre creative hub.

The indie group will perform a 30-minute, semi-acoustic set live in-store at Pop Recs Ltd next month after hearing about the shop’s ethos of bringing quality music and arts to Sunderland city centre.

The gig will be somewhat of a homecoming for lead singer Alex Kapranos, who grew up in Sunderland and South Shields before moving to Glasgow and launching a successful music career.

Franz Ferdinand first stormed the charts in 2004 when their single, Take Me Out, shot to number three. The band went on to scoop the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and in 2005 they won big at the Brit Awards, walking away with Best British Group and Best British Rock Act in the same year as topping the album charts with You Could Have It So Much Better.

Their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, was released last summer and reached the Top 10 in the UK album chart.

Franz Ferdinand are the latest high-profile booking for Frankie & the Heartstrings who, since opening Pop Recs in June last year, have brought acts including Badly Drawn Boy, Edwyn Collins and Ross Jarman from The Cribs to perform at the store.

Dave Harper, drummer with Frankie & the Heartstrings, said: “This is maybe the biggest act we’ve had at the store and will be the band’s first time playing in Sunderland.

“It was our ambition to get a Brit Award-winning act to play in Sunderland. Now it’s actually happening, it makes it clear how special this is.

“To get a band with a profile like Franz Ferdinand coming to our city will be something I hope we will all be talking about for years to come.”

Though other gigs at the venue have been free, there will be a charge for this one to ensure the future of the 

Dave said: “We can’t keep running on nothing forever. Charging for this show will enable us to provide more free shows and other projects in the future. Plus, £5 to see a band of this calibre is still really good value for money.”

While general tickets will be priced £5, a limited number of tickets will be made available to people who can prove they are in receipt of benefits for £2.50.

Franz Ferdinand will take to the stage at 5.30pm on Thursday, March 27.

Currently in the midst of a European tour, the band will play Newcastle’s O2 Academy after their gig in Pop Recs Ltd.

Advanced tickets will be available for £2.50 from Pop Recs Ltd – proof of benefits required – from 10am on Saturday.

General sale tickets will be available from 10am on Monday. All tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis from the