I've never been to a gig with so many teenage girls (Alex Kapranos is apparently an ultra-skinny sex symbol) they comprised about half the audience, the rest were blokes in their twenties, and a few families and oldsters like me.
Franz Ferdinand come across as very accessible and likeable. I'm not entirely sure why - I couldn't make out a word AK said and they just leapt about in strobe lights. I have a feeling it's because they are - apart from their current status - more or less the sort of people one mixes with socially. You know, sarcastic, clever, a bit casual. I think Kapranos was an FE lecturer, like I was at his age. I mean, I know they are somewhere else now. But something about them is 'we are like you, let's have fun'.
They put on a good show, and their music is fun and dancey. I was happy and smiling throughout. Assorted gloomy teenagers had a 'fantastic' time, which made me very happy. I think FF need to build up a bigger catalogue of songs, and if they can do that, they'll break through properly into the big time.
ETA - Orient beat Chesterfield 2-1, and H says he was 'freezing'.
EATA - review of the gig here http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2005/11/17/franz_ferdinand_music_review_feature.shtml