Franz Ferdinand - Live At The Burt

>> Thursday, 3 September 2009


Late yesterday afternoon a friend of a friend offered me a Franz Ferdinand ticket for $20 (First Balcony), so I decided to check out the prized Glaswegian post-punkers last night. I’m not really a FF fan, and wasn’t particularly blown away by their set, but still enjoyed parts of it (mainly the songs from their breakthrough). I was clearly in the minority. Admittedly, the lads from Scotland were loose, fun, sounded crisp, and inordinately pleased to be in Winnipeg. And their drummer basically owned the joint.

I’ve never been up on the first balcony before, and it was stifling hot like the inside of a hockey player’s glove. I had to leave twice just to cool off, and when I returned the first time, it was like being punched in the face by mean-spirited body odour, making that ungodly moment one of my most unpleasant concert experiences to date. *Now* I know how Jerry Seinfeld felt.

Fortunately, I was admitted onto the floor post-main set and relished being in an better ventilated area that wasn’t 45 degrees Celsius and, thus, really, really stinky. When it comes to The Burt, you really can’t beat the sound, atmosphere, and temperature regulation down on the floor.

Anyone else there?

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5 comments:

Anonymous,  4 September 2009 at 00:38  

oh yes! i was on floor, right up at the stage. the energy there was great!

psychlops,  4 September 2009 at 08:04  

Is there ever such thing as kind-spirited body odour?! And props for the Seinfeld joke.

I saw FF in Toronto four years ago. I'm not a huge fan anymore, but those boys to put on a heck of a show.

willlllllllllllll,  4 September 2009 at 12:18  

i was up in the g.a area - it was fantastic. i saw them in minneapolis back in april, but i think they were tighter with a better set list this time around. once again though the atmosphere at the walker left much to be desired.

also wondering what everyone thought about the opener? i thought they had some talent, but i wasnt really impressed with their attitude toward the crowd.

d-clang 4 September 2009 at 13:42  

Franz made it to the King's head around 12 and were quite friendly, offering to sign t-shirts, and quite willing to chat about almost anything.

Mike 10 February 2010 at 14:02  

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