Review: Kasabian, 02 Academy, Newcastle

IF there is one band you must see live this year then it is Kasabian.

The Leicester rockers proved their status as one of Britain’s best live acts when they played a sell-out gig at 02 Academy ahead of last night’s engagement supporting Oasis at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Arriving on stage to Underdog, the audience erupted into a frenzy after only a couple of opening chords.

The band then stormed straight into a fantastic set which included a large slice of their back catalogue as well as tracks from the new album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

Fast Fuse and Fire in particular were well received by the crowd… not bad considering the album was only released this week. Singer Tom Meighan was on top form and obviously elated at the loving response from the band’s Newcastle fans.

He poked fun at the Geordie dialect, shouting “Aye, pet” at the crowd before singing the opening lines of Fog On The Tyne, which was met with an expectedly enthusiastic response from the mosh-pit masses.

But by far the highlight of the evening was when the band came back on stage for the encore and launched into one of their biggest hits, Club Foot.

The audience threw their hands in the air and sang their hearts out. A fitting end to a fantastic live set.


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