5After a three year wait and lots of anticipation, Kasabian were welcomed back with open arms in Manchester last night.
The 4 Piece Leister band announced a huge tour earlier this year to showcase their new 6th album (to their fans delight). I myself as a massive Kasabian fan felt like Christmas had come early last night, so after a couple of dark fruits I headed to the Arena.
Photos: Billy Seagrave
I have never really been a big fan of arena tours simply because I feel smaller venues are much better quality however, the atmosphere going into the Arena was truly euphoric, thousands of people joining together in a memorable and sentimental venue to enjoy music together.
The bands support came from Slaves. I felt they definitely gave the audience a taster of what was to come. Slaves had high energy and got the crowd pumped and warmed up for the main event, With a 9 piece set list it was short and sweet. They opened with Sockets and the crowd erupted in dance, they had a stage presence which is rarely found with support acts. They closed with the Hunter which left the crowd wanting more.
As Kasabian graced the stage with their laddish swagger and raw attitude (along with the 20th century fox theme tune), they opened with Ill Ray (The king). (I genuinely thought I was going to cry with happiness.) They then followed with Bumblebee and the crowd exploded into a sea of mosh pits and several 5 pound pints being thrown about. Their set list was pure genius with every banger going into the next, every song complimented each other and I genuinely cannot give fault.
The band also played British legion a firm fan favourite that is rarely aired at their gigs, with a backdrop of phone lights, it was a perfect moment to witness. The band then followed with Club foot, Re- wired and Treat, all massive hits from a section of the bands albums. There was not one part of the gig that had I sat down, my feet were firmly stood for the duration and were not going anywhere.
The lads also surprised us all by bringing a gospel choir onto the stage for Put your life on it and LSF which was truly memorising and it really made us as an audience feel as though we were part of something spectacular. It really brought the whole arena together.
The band closed with Comeback kid, Vlad the Impaler and Fire, possibly the best encore songs that there could have been. The whole arena was bouncing and the atmosphere was electric. As we left the arena, the crowds kept the gig going, chanting the words to fire and still high on adrenaline and craving more. The party continued to a corner of Deansgate where there was a small crowd gathering and a busker belting out Kasabian tunes.
Overall, Kasabian did not disappoint. From their set list, support acts, lighting and everything in between, it was a gig to remember and a gig to forever hold in my memories as the best gig I’ve seen at the Arena.
‘Are you looking for action’ from this group of Leister lads? Then why not grab the last remaining tickets for this incredible Arena tour:
Dec 01 – The O2, London, UK
Dec 02- The O2, London, UK
Dec 04- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
Dec 05- Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK
Dec 07- First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Dec 08- Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 09- Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK
You can grab the last remaining tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Kasabian-tickets/artist/949556