It was Kasabian day yesterday as part of the Radio 1 student tour, not surprisingly being proud Leicester lads, they opted to play at University of Leicester. Queuing from early morning for 8 hours to buy tickets to the evening show and being a UOL student meant I managed to snag tickets to both events.
We had to get to the university bar for 9am, for the live lounge recording, now Ive never been to such an event/gig where I was the only one queueing, still it meant I had the first choice of where to stand. When we got inside the Radio 1 people were making people stand around where Fearne Cotton was talking but I just stayed around the performance area.
It was a long wait, made even longer by having to listen to Fearne’s show, but when Kasabian did play they were excellent, they played part of Re-wired for the soundcheck and Re-wired and a cover of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. It sounded amazing just being in a tiny room with them and around 100 people. Inbetween songs they sat there talking to each other and playing their instruments.
We had to listen to Zane Lowe do his show live from Leicester’s O2 Academy before Kasabian’s set, including some questionable record choices considering he was infront of a Kasabian crowd. However before Kasabian came out he played Blur’s Song 2, so the crowd were pretty riled, then they came out and played Club Foot, everyone went mental.
They played a great set full of their singles, and a few from the new album, Velociraptor! and Days Are Forgotten was great and so was Goodbye Kiss, I think it was my favourite song. They were obviously happy to be playing Leicester, kept saying that they loved Leicester and the crowd went crazy for them, chanting for Leicester City FC. We were second row infront of Serge and gradually got pushed into the middle, the crowd just got worse as it went along, not even settling for the slower songs. Anyone who had travelled to the show could see how much Kasabian meant to the city.
Would love to see them again soon, although I’m doubtful by the size of their upcoming UK arena tour, aside from promotional shows such as this, that they’ll play Leicester again.
After the band left the stage, Tom stayed and talked about Leicester City FC and sang a football song.
Where Did All The Love Go?
Days Are Forgotten
Shoot The Runner
Man Of Simple Pleasures
Vlad The Impaler