Far East falls to the charm and wit of FF.

With a fan base already stretching to Asia, Glasgow's East-End boy Alex Kapranos and his dapperly attired chums headed to the Far East to further cement their growing live reputation.

Opening with an up-tempo trio of tracks from their current record, Franz Ferdinand were rocking from the first minute and didn't let up until they walked off stage.

The version of 'Do You Want To?' was more like the Erol Alkan remix, with its stomp-along section being extended, allowing the crowd to participate, a trait that was repeated throughout the evening. Just like Ian Brown whose set they followed, Franz realised the importance of getting the crowd fully involved and even attempted some Thai speak as well.

However for all that Franz may have been trying to win people over, their true global appeal lies in the rhythm section and the downright catchiness of their riffs and beats. Languages don't really matter when a crowd is singing along to a guitar riff.

With the other recent track in the opening section 'I'm Your Villain' sounding like The Rolling Stones, Pulp and having a catchy coda, the band have developed their sound from their first record, and this showed in the variety of songs and styles the band played.

Most notably 'Elanor, Put Your Boots Back On' started off as a jaunty acoustic strum-along but by the end, the band had turned up the heat and the song had a far harder edge than it does on record.

And whilst the new songs showcased their confidence and depth of songs, older singles like 'Matinee', 'Michael' and 'Take Me Out' had lost none of their confidence and swagger and even found the crowd bouncing and singing along.
Coupled with a great arsenal of songs, Franz Ferdinand have showmanship and endearing tricks by the barrow load.

Merely starting songs whilst standing on the drum riser or waving and clapping through the bass-led riffs may not take much effort but Alex Kapranos has clearly spent many years honing his stage presence and greatly understands what crowds want to see at a gig. Another fantastic section was when 3 people were battering away at the drum kit creating an almighty racket and a backbeat more akin to an LCD Soundsystem gig. Again, it was the simplicity of the rhythm that had the crowd in rapture and this section broke off into a mini-drum solo by Paul Thomson which segued neatly into the set closer 'This Fire' and heralded a fantastic performance from this rather startling band.

Given that people in the UK have witnessed Franz grow so big, so quickly it was refreshing to see them come such a distance and still put on a brilliant show for people who paid a lot of money to see them.