Kasabian’s ride to the east coast

FROM sell-out city stadiums to seaside Spas, life in chart-topping indie band Kasabian is one long roller-coaster ride, according to bassist Chris Edwards.

We caught up with Chris ahead of Kasabian’s concert at Bridlington Spa on Sunday, June 14 and he said the band were looking forward to playing in the town for the first time.


“I must admit, I didn’t even know where Bridlington was, but that was the point of this tour,” said Chris.

“We didn’t just want to do all the normal venues and all the places we’d done before.

“We decided to be a little different and try new places.

“We didn’t want people to have to travel to the same cities to come and see us, so we’re doing all the travelling and coming to you!”

In the last seven years Kasabian have toured extensively, played most of the major festivals and released two top 10 albums, with their last, Empire, reaching the number one spot.

Bridlington fans will be among the first in the country to see the band live after their new album, The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, is released on June 8.

The band are also one of the headline acts on the Pyramid stage at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival, but Chris said that a successful gig was more about the crowd’s reaction than the venue.

“We weren’t going to do any festivals this year, we were just going to concentrate on our own gigs, but then we got offered Glastonbury and you can’t really turn that down!” he said.

“We’re looking forward to playing at Bridlington though because it’s a smaller venue and we like to do a variety.

“We played T In The Park and that was just absolutely mental, but then we had a much smaller gig in Brighton and that was one of the best gigs we’d ever done.

“It doesn’t make a difference whether it’s 200 people or 2,000, it’s all about how the crowd respond to us.”

As well as their own nationwide tour, Kasabian are also playing several stadium concerts across the country with Mancunian music legends Oasis this summer.

“It feels like a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t change it for anything,” said Chris.

Tickets to see Kasabian in Bridlington cost £22.50 and are available from the Spa box office on 678258.

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