Kasabian ‘make history’ with rare, intimate performance at The Garage in London

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Leicester band played their biggest hits during charity show at north London venue

Kasabian played an intimate charity gig at the 600-capacity London venue The Garage on Thursday (29 January).

The show was in aid of XFM’s new charity Make Some Noise, which helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. It saw the band play for close to an hour, with a career-spanning set that included some of their biggest hits, as well as a cover of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’.

Without the presence of a support act, Kasabian took to the stage shortly after doors opened at the north London venue and launched straight into ‘Bumblebee’. “Hello London Town, nice to see you again, happy fucking new year,” frontman Tom Meighan said to the crowd, which included ticket-holders, competition-winners and even TV magician Dynamo.

There was little in the way of conversation as the band raced through their set. At the end of a zealous rendition of ‘Days Are Forgotten,’ Meighan told the audience that they were “making history right now.” “This gig is being recorded for TV and the internet,” he said.

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After playing classic hit ‘Cutt Off’, Meighan temporarily exited stage to leave guitarist and co-vocalist Serge Pizzorno dancing around with a set of maracas. At one point, Pizzorno jumped into the audience and began singing ‘Treat’ with fans. “See you soon you cheeky bastards,” Meighan concluded the night after leading the audience into a frenzy with ‘Fire’.

The evening was a rare chance for fans to see Kasabian up close, after the band enjoyed a huge 2014. Last year saw them release their fifth album ’48:13′, headline Glastonbury and complete a UK tour that included a five-night residency at the O2 Brixton Academy in London.

It was recently announced that Kasabian will perform at the year’s Bafta Awards, which take place at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 8. The band also lead the list of nominees at this year’s NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, with eight nominations in total.

Kasabian played:

‘Bumblebeee’
‘Eez-Eh’
‘Underdog’
‘Where Did All The Love Go’
‘Days Are Forgotten’
‘Cutt Off’
‘Bow’
‘Rewired’
‘Word Up’
‘Treat’
‘Empire’
‘Stevie’
‘Vlad The Impaler’
‘Fire’