Who: Kasabian

Where and When: Main Stage, Sunday

Vibe: A triumphant return to Isle Of Wight Festival for the Leicester rockers, but we wanted to hear more new songs. The start of UK festival season for Kasabian, with a set at Rockness over the weekend too, it signals a new chapter for the band. Without putting more of the new material into their setlist, however, it seems like they are trying to stick to their hits this summer. Overall there was an electric atmosphere, thanks to the rain driving anyone who wasn't a die-hard Kasabian fan away, and boy did they have a lot of die-hard fans at Isle Of Wight.


Best bit: The opening 'Club Foot'. The crowd had spent the entire day waiting in the rain for the band, but it was worth it. Tom, Serge and the boys were on top form and seemed truly grateful that their fans stuck around as the heavens opened.

Low point: The torrential rain. The temptation to go home early to a warm bed and a hot chocolate was pretty strong throughout the day. We're glad we stuck around.

Banter: Tom: "Isle Of Wight, you’re in fucking 3D!" One of the many energetic comments from the excitable frontman.

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Verdict: They are back on form and played all the hits, but we could have done with more new stuff. With YouTube and streaming sites, bands are worried about previewing too much of their new stuff live when it could be all over the internet in a matter of minutes. They played 'Velociraptor!' and 'Switchblade Smiles', but fans were hoping for at least a couple of extras.

Rating: 7/10

Abby Tayleure
NME.COM festivals editor
Follow me on Twitter @AbbyTayleure

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