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FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks / Edinburgh International Festival)

By | Published on Monday 31 August 2015


‘Collaborations Don’t Work’, according to this collaboration, moulded in art-rock paradise. But the connection between the atypical Sparks and indie giants Franz Ferdinand suggests they’re very much mistaken. The show begins with the finger-clicking ‘Johnny Delusional’ and it didn’t take long for FFS to have the entire crowd standing in the all-seated Festival Theatre. The supergroup present cuts from their eponymous album in large quantities, but can’t help including fan favourites of both Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. Most fascinating is the admirable energy delivered by two bands derived from two completely different generations. ‘Do You Want To’ and ‘Number 1 Song In Heaven’ get the audience bouncing, but not as delightfully as Franz Ferdinand’s most renowned hit, ‘Take Me Out’.

Festival Theatre, 24 Aug
tw rating 4/5 | [Kieran Scott]