95. Franz Ferdinand
21st Century Appearances: 2006 Headliner, 2004 Main Stage, 2003 Carling Tent
The Defining Reading Moment: Franz Ferdinand and an army of drummers polish off a triumphant headline set.
It’s crazy how times change. At the end of 2006 Franz Ferdinand looked like sure fire Reading and Leeds legends. They blew the Carling Tent to pieces in 2003, they upstaged half the line up in 2004 taking the main stage by storm with “Dark Of The Matinee” and “Take Me Out”, and in 2006 they successfully headlined with a ragged and ironic performance. Sadly the band couldn’t capitalize on this early momentum and fell from the Reading pantheon, nevertheless their contribution to Festival cannot be overlooked, they flat out dominated the mid-2000s and left on a genuine high in 2006 (with Can-Canning Robots!). David Hayter