The Week in Music: People power means Franz Ferdinand fans have it so much better
Perhaps you've been lucky enough to have a song request granted at a gig. If not, your chances are about to increase. Some bands are inviting fans to choose their setlist, like Franz Ferdinand who are offering a choice of 15 singles, album tracks and B-sides spanning their four-album career, to be performed at their show at the 6 Music Festival in Manchester on Saturday 1 March. The six songs with the most votes will open the set. Vote at bbc.co.uk/6music until 7pm on Monday.
Anyone headed for Metallica's show at Sonisphere in Knebworth has even more steer – only one number in Metallica's traditional 18-song set will be chosen by the band themselves. Buy a ticket for the hard-rock festival and you will receive a code to vote for songs from the band's 140-song catalogue.
Keep a tab on how your choices are faring at metallicabyrequest.com. Currently riding high with 66 per cent of fans' votes, you can be sure that "Master of Puppets" will feature.
Damon's still the main draw
As well as headlining the 6 Music Festival, Damon Albarn will also be top of the bill at Latitude this July. It's his only other UK festival appearance this year, and Latitude has announced some other exclusives, too – Australia's psych-rockers Tame Impala, 70s rock'n'soul legends Daryl Hall and John Oates, and the recently reformed dream-pop band Slowdive whose London show at Village Underground in May sold out instantly.
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