Where and when: Main stage headliner, Chelmsford, 10pm.
Vibe: All-conquering. Tom Meighan takes to the stage like an invading military commander, as he leads his band in a hits set that also flirts with frisky cover versions, including funk-drenched favourite ‘Push It’ by Salt N Pepa, and disco classic ‘I Feel love’.
Best bit: Returning to the stage to encore with ‘Fire’. Cue mosphit armageddon.
Low point: None to be found here, except perhaps the ignominy of having to miss the dance-punk fireworks of The Prodigy on the 4 Music stage.
Banter: “Chelmsford, I don’t know what to say. We started this band in 1997 when we were babies, look at us now and it’s all thanks to you!” (Tom Meighan).
Verdict: From the cocksure barbs thrown at their rival headliners during their Staffordshire set (“Fuck Kings Of Leon. This is the Kasabian show”) to the pounding anthems and fired-up swagger, Kasabian have firmly plugged any Oasis-shaped hole in British stadium rock.
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