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Kasabian, Brixton Academy, 15th December 2004

Kasabian's final night of their tour ended at the five thousand capacity venue Brixton Academy. The five-piece from Leicester just powered through a seventy minute set filled with songs from their self titled debut album. It has been a remarkable year for the band, sell out UK tour, playing at numerous festivals, and a debut album straight into the charts at number 4 back in September.

From the movement and feel of the crowd edging towards the front, it was clear that Kasabian are getting very popular right now, and next year looks very good for them too. Entering the stage to Baba O'Riley by their long time heroes The Who, the synths of Sergio Pizzorno and Chris Karloff went straight into I.D, and the stage back-drop was a mass of green, blue and red lights complete with strobes. The dark bespectacled front-man Tom Meighan then took to the stage and the crowd went wild.

The soon to be released single Cutt Off soon followed, and along with L.S.F, Processed Beats, Reason Is Treason, Running Battle, live favourite 55 and B-side The Nightworkers, the band has a fine line-up of strong songs.

Encores soon came around, and with Serge taking the vocals for U Boat took the atmosphere down a little, but the biggest cheer came on the final song of the night, when multi instrumentalist Chris Karloff took the bass role from Chris Edwards and a storming version of Clubfoot was performed. This for me was the best song of the night, and sadly for the punters, that was it. The band informed me that they were on Frank Skinner's show the following night, so a video recording of this event was the order for the following evening.

So on this performance, Kasabian proved they are on par with a lot of acts around today, so the public will decide how high they can reach next year. I know who I would like to see playing to packed out large venues, but this time next year, who knows?

Danny Mayo


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