Franz Ferdinand give listeners chance to choose tracks for their Radio 6 Music Festival set list

BBC Radio 6 Music is known for giving its listeners the music that they want to hear so allowing the fans to have their say in selecting Franz Ferdinand’s set list is totally in keeping with the ethos of the station.”Steve Lamacq, 6 Music DJ
Date: 03.02.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
Category: Radio 6 Music
Indie-rock band Franz Ferdinand is giving BBC Radio 6 Music listeners an amazing opportunity to choose part of the set list they will perform at the first ever 6 Music Festival on Saturday 1 March.

In an unprecedented move for the band, the audience will have the opportunity to vote at for the song they would most like to see them perform live. They can select from a list of 15 singles, album tracks and B sides which span the band’s four album career. The six songs that receive the most votes will be the opening six songs to be played by the band when they perform at the 6 Music Festival on the 1 March. The set list vote will be announced during Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show on Monday 3 February (4-7pm) and will run until 7pm on Monday 10 February. The results won’t be revealed until Franz Ferdinand perform at the Festival, so listeners will have to tune in 6 Music’s coverage of the event to find out if their favourite track made the cut.

Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson make up Franz Ferdinand. The band achieved success when their first, eponymously titled, album reached No. 3 in the UK album chart and led to three top 10 hits, including Take Me Out, in the singles chart. NME named it their Album of the Year. The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, plus two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. They have released three further albums, their most recent last year, Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action, debuted at No. 6 in the UK album chart and No. 1 in the UK Indie chart.

Alex Kapranos, lead vocals and guitar Franz Ferdinand, said: “We've never let the fans choose the set list before. It wasn't my idea. Could be a total disaster. Could be amazing. Let's find out.”

Steve Lamacq, 6 Music DJ, said: “BBC Radio 6 Music is known for giving its listeners the music that they want to hear so allowing the fans to have their say in selecting Franz Ferdinand’s set list is totally in keeping with the ethos of the station.”

The inaugural BBC Radio 6 Music Festival takes place on Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March 2014 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. With more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages, the festival brings together a stellar line-up of bands and artists who share the alternative spirit of the network. Plus acts supported by BBC Introducing will also be opening the two live music stages each day. The event will also be accompanied by a Fringe Festival during the daytime.

From indie to electronica, folk to rock to soul and beyond, the line-up features major and established acts including Damon Albarn - with a live debut of music from his new album in what will be his first UK live solo performance in 2014, Kelis, Haim, The National, and Bombay Bicycle Club as well as current and emerging artists championed by the network and its presenters.

There will also be a silent disco that will feature sets from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, X-Press 2 and 6 Music presenter Mary Anne Hobbs on Friday night. And on Saturday night, New Order’s Peter Hook, and 6 Music spin-meisters Gilles Peterson, Nemone and Don Letts will be taking their turn on the decks.

Radio 6 Music will be broadcasting from across the event, treating listeners to some unbeatable programming with live performances, interviews with the artists, and reports from behind the scenes on air, streamed to desktop, tablet, mobile and via BBC Red Button.

Visitors to will be able to see live performances, exclusive intimate sessions, interviews with artists and backstage reports from across the festival. There will also be video highlights packages from each act available on the website for 30 days after the festival. And from Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 February, highlights packages, each featuring a different artist from the Festival, will be available via BBC Red Button.

Note to Editors

BBC Radio 6 Music is an interactive digital radio station that celebrates the alternative spirit of music and culture, bringing together the cutting-edge music of today and the iconic and ground-breaking sounds of the past 40 years. The network currently has a weekly reach of 1.79 million listeners and is home to respected music presenters including Shaun Keaveny, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie, Huey Morgan, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Cerys Matthews, Don Letts, Mary Anne Hobbs and Guy Garvey.