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FFS at the Forum: Live Review

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks join forces at the Forum and show that this stage is big enough for both of them on Tuesday 8th September 2015.

Written by Richard Pearmain


One of the surprise music announcements of 2015 had between that of the collaboration between art rockers Franz Ferdinand and veteran pop eccentrics Sparks. Born from a long term mutual admiration and a chance meeting in San Francisco, they released a well received album under the nom de plume of FFS and, following a sold out show at the Troxy in June, they returned to London to play a pretty much packed out Forum.

Coming on to the stage to the strains of, if I wasn’t mistaken, the theme to 70s sci-fi show Blake’s 7, FFS kicked things off with Johnny Delusional, the lead single from their eponymous album. Ron Mael’s stately piano intro gave way to a dizzying dancefloor beat, with brother Russell and Franz Ferdinand front-man Alex Kapranos bouncing around the stage.