Kasabian Live Lounge Recording & O2 Academy Leicester

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.

Club Foot
Where Did All The Love Go?
Days Are Forgotten
Shoot The Runner
Man Of Simple Pleasures
Switchblade Smiles
Vlad The Impaler
Goodbye Kiss

My Videos

Goodbye Kiss
Vlad The Impaler (clip)


Jimmy Eat World Live

Support: Twin Atlantic

Leicester O2 Academy

My first time at Leicester’s new O2 Academy that I’ve been watching them build since its part of Leicester uni’s student union, it’s really nice in there, they keep getting good bookings for the venue and I think it’ll continue.

Twin Atlantic opened the show, they were good, nothing amazing but very good for an opener.

This was the first time I’ve seen Jimmy Eat World perform a headlining set, and I was impressed, they swiftly moved through a mixed setlist of newer and older stuff, including plenty from their Bleed American/Jimmy Eat World album (Bleed American, The Middle, Sweetness and You Hear Me). I noticed throughout the set how into the music Jim was hopping and dancing all over the stage. Although they don’t have much crowd interaction or interaction with each other, the audience is very much a spectator of the show rather than being a part of the show. All in all, they were excellent live, and I’d love to see them again.


Wembley Stadium
July 12, 2009

Kasabian, The Enemy, Reverend And The Makers

Really excited about this since I’ve never been to Wembley before, it was huge! Fortunately we got there for when the gates open and got wristbands so we could go to the golden circle area at the front of the stage.
Reverend & The Makers
Reverend And The Makers have a mental energy to them onstage, and it suits them well, it felt pretty early to the day and people were still arriving so it wasn’t the best time for things to start but I don’t think it effected them, they were great, would definitely recommend them.

The Enemy
Next up were The Enemy, at the other shows on the tour there had been reports of the crowd had reacted bad to them, mainly because off-stage they’re gobby bastards. They were annoyingly good though, really good, and the crowd seemed ok with them, I think they even gained fans during the set, impressive for an Oasis crowd.

Kasabian were ok, they had a lot of fans in the crowd so it was a good atmosphere, but the set wasn’t as good as The Enemy’s, I’m amazed to say. Also they didn’t play Vlad the Impaler, that song was everywhere at that time so I find it strange. Highlight of the set was Shoot The Runner.

Finally, Oasis, they were brilliant, they played a good mix of songs from the newest album and the older stuff, I’m Outta Time dragged a bit, and they played Whatever for the first time in like 10 years in the UK, my favourite Oasis song, never thought I’d hear it played live, Noel sang it acoustically, rather than Liam singing it like in the original and it sounded fantastic.

Fuckin’ In The Bushes
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
The Shock Of The Lightning
Roll With It
Cigarettes & Alcohol
To Be Where There’s Life
Waiting For The Rapture
The Masterplan
Slide Away
Morning Glory
My Big Mouth
Half The World Away
Whatever (Acoustic)
I’m Outta Time
Live Forever
Don’t Look Back In Anger (Acoustic)
Falling Down
Champagne Supernova
I Am the Walrus

Viking Skull

They were ok, played a short set, but what they did play was good and energetic and they were all really into it which is a plus.

I didnt recognise them at all from when Ive seen them before, im certain there has been a change of lineup. But the frontman sounded the same so im guessing hes just had an image change.

Viking Skull

Funeral For A Friend

Support – Cancer Bats, In Case Of Fire, Attack! Attack!

Nottingham Rock City

Attack Attack were good. In Case Of Fire not so much, it was if theyre were trying to be like Muse, and it was just bad.

Cancer Bats were good, full of energy and he could scream really well.

Funeral For A Friend were great, they played quite a lot off Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation so it was great, the newer stuff sounded good live too. The performance of Your Revolution Is A Joke was beautiful. Really great stuff.

Videos I recorded of Your Revolution Is A Joke and Escape Artists Never Die


Support – Fightstar

Rock City

I was ready to hate on Fightstar but they werent bad, on the support band scale they were good.

Feeder were much better than when I saw them bef or e, they played a mixture of old and new stuff which suited me fine, great performance and Grant was so happy to be there and kept saying how much he loved Rock City. They really were fantastic. And the crowd were really into it. Also they had 2 screens of like pixel lights and they had a little light show behind them at one point it lit up like fire and a man, it was great.

Videos I recorded of Buck Rogers, and Just The Way Im Feeling