JD Presents The British Sound Project’ returns to the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester this Saturday 22 September for an epic celebration of UK music – with legendary art-rockers Franz Ferdinand headlining the indoor music festival.
The Scottish five-piece have been touring throughout the summer receiving excellent reviews for their live shows as well as their recent fifth studio album ‘Always Ascending’. They’ll be joined by indie stalwarts The Cribs, Reverend & The Makers, Kyle Falconer and Prose who’ll all be playing the main stage at the recently renamed O2 Victoria Warehouse. (There are 2 other stages).
Franz Ferdinand’s frontman, Alex Kapranos:
“Victoria Warehouse is a great building, and it feels very Manchester. For us, we had a very early connection with the city – I remember going down to play gigs way back in 2003 before our first album came out. I have to thank the city because the people have always been very welcoming and very supportive.
“The Cribs are on the bill too, and they’re all old friends of ours. Kyle Falconer from The View is playing as well This time of year, it’s nice to have a something with a festival vibe about it, where you can see lots of different bands, but not outside where you get soaked in the rain. Once you get past the end of August, you’re chancing it a wee bit, having a festival outside.
“Manchester itself’s got a really vibrant music scene and always has – a bit a bit like Glasgow. They are strong cities. There are good clothes shops in Manchester as well, there’s always a good sense of style. I like a bit of clobber, and I like to dress up. Again there’s a parallel between Manchester and Glasgow and a strong sense of aesthetics within the music scene as well. It’s not just about what you play – you can take that right back to Manchester with The Smiths, The Stone Roses or Northern Soul.
“Yeah, I do love Manchester – we can’t wait to play there.”