Franz Ferdinand’s set on Saturday at Lollapalooza might have only lasted eight songs, but what an impact those eight tracks made on the rain-soaked crowd at Chicago’s Grant Park.
The Scottish stalwarts have been putting out classic disco-rock bangers for 10 years now, and they never seem to get old.
Because of the sky-opening deluge of rain that cleared out the festival for about two hours, Franz Ferdinand’s show was delayed from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., and still, it drew a packed house.
Fans wanting to hear a run of the hits got just that.
Walking out on the Bud Light stage with big smiles on their faces, frontman Alex Kapranos told everyone how happy he was to perform at Lolla before ripping into “Dark of the Matinee” from their landmark 2004 self-titled debut.
“Matinee” was followed by “Do You Want To,” a smash single off their sophomore album, You Could Have It So Much Better.
As their time came to a close – the Bud Light stage headliner was DJ Avicii – Franz Ferdinand primed the audience for the following dance party with a particularly-fierce rendition of “Take Me Out” and the trampoline refrain of “This Fire.”
Franz Ferdinand has a forthcoming album due in the coming months with material they’ve recently played live. Their fanatical reception at Lollapalooza after playing the classics is a testament as to how highly it is anticipated.