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Kasabian At Nottingham Arena, 29th June 2005

This rescheduled date from April, was the band's return to their East Midlands home area. A full capacity crowd filled the many thousand seat and standing areas, while the band just strolled through their set of their debut album and new material.

After the two support bands, the sounds of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper rang out from the P.A as the stage crew cleared the gear and made the stage ready for Kasabian. Nearly the whole album was played before the opening synth of I.D hit the Arena as the lights dimmed to the noise of the ecstatic crowd . The quintet entered the stage as the video cameras filmed frontman Tom Meighan's every step as the song progressed. Tom shouted 'Good evening East Midlands', the band knew they were home before a massive headline gig the next evening in London's Hyde Park for the O2 Wireless festival.

It is easy to see now that Kasabian are a big name on the circuit, and after only one album, it is a mighty achievement by today's standards. As before, the set was the album plus some new songs, very Who sounding it must be said. The singles of Processed Beats, Reason Is Treason and Cutt Off which for me was the highlight of the set, and the lightshow was a shade short of perfect Pink Floyd!

The energetic figure of Sergio Pizzorno performed well on guitar and vocals, whilst the two Chris's, Karloff and Edwards were just background figures, but didn't seem too out of place.

Their biggest single L.S.F (Lost Souls Forever) got the crowd bouncing up and down as the band left the stage for the encores. The band reappeared and a seated Sergio played acoustic guitar and sung U Boat which was a emotional performance in itself. Then the two Chris's exchanged bass and lead guitar and the thunder of Club Foot blasted out, with Chris Karloff's blinding bass riff taking control.

It has been a successful time for Kasabian in recent months, from being low down on the festival bills to headline act now, and with performances like this, they are fast becoming a top name and live act. Even the boos from the crowd from the sight of a Leicester City football shirt on the video screens didn't damper the evening! (See below for photo gallery.)

Danny Mayo

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