By Humphrey Carter PALMA

THE international award-winning chart topping Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand, is the latest mega act to be added to the Festival Alternatilla ‘10 line up this year.

Festival organisers confirmed yesterday that the Glasgow-band is going to be playing at the Palma Arena on May 1.
Franz Ferdinand have a huge global following. The band first experienced chart success when their second single “Take Me Out” reached number three in the UK Charts, followed by their debut album “Franz Ferdinand” which debuted on the UK album chart at number three as well.

The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME named Franz Ferdinand as their Album of the Year.

From the album, three top-ten singles were released, “Take Me Out”, “The Dark of the Matinée” and “This Fire”.
The band which is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals) and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals), have also received several Grammy Award nominations.

Franz Ferdinand will be performing just 24 hours after the legendary Lou Reed who is also one of the headline acts of this year's festival.
Reed will also be playing at the Arena on April 30 with his Metal Machine Trio.
The former guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter for The Velvet Underground, formed his new band the Metal Machine Trio less than two years ago.

The Trio with Ulrich Krieger (saxophone) and Sarth Calhoun (electronics) plays free improvised instrumental music inspired by Reed's 1975 album “Metal Machine Music”.

The music ranges from ambient soundscapes to free rock to contemporary noise.
The organisers of the sixth festival, which this year will have a very green and eco-friendly message, also confirmed that Spanish musician Juan Perro has also been signed up.

Before going solo, Perro was the front man for the group Radio Futura from 1980 to 1992. Radio Futura is still considered to be one of the best Spanish rock bands of all time.

More acts are expected to be added to the festival programme over the coming weeks and more information about the events, including ticket prices, will be announced as the festival nears.

But, as it is, the line up is very exciting and promises some top world-class entertainment to rock Majorca this Spring.