Kasabian blitzed Glastonbury tonight (June 29) in a headline set to remember. The band began with the background screen displaying the distinctive pink colour used on the sleeve of their new album ’48:13′, starting with a brutally heavy rendition of ‘Bumblebee’.
Co-frontman Serge Pizzorno sported skinny black jeans with a skeleton print on the front, the trendy bugger he is.
Tom Meighan meanwhile donned a white suit and black bow tie for the occasion, like Indiana Jones at the beginning of Temple of Doom. “Hello Glastonbury! How are you?” he asked as they took to the stage. “I see a lot of fucking people. Good to see you”.
For recent single ‘Eez-Eh’ Meighan started off with a chant of “easy, easy”. Pizzorno jumped up and down enthusiastically throughout.
‘Days Are Forgotten’ saw three female backing singers wearing skeleton costumes arrive on stage, presumably to match Pizzorno’s jeans.
During new album track ‘Stevie’, Meighan addressed the audience to find out how many Stevies were in the crowd. A lot, apparently.
‘Underdog’ saw a flare lit in the crowd, and another fired into the air – the first of many this evening.
During the band’s encore, a video appeared on screen of Mighty Boosh man Noel Fielding dressed in fake mlustache and cape, telling the crowd to ‘Feel My Wrath’. As the band launched into ‘Vlad The Impaler’, Fielding appeared brandishing a comically sized bass, turban and with blood on his face.
At one point in the evening, Meighan pulled a member of the band’s crew onstage and got the audience to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, which they did with gusto.
Pizzorno performed a slow, moody cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ with just guitar and trumpet, with Meighan having left the stage.
Meighan returned for ‘Club Foot’, which begun with Serge chanting “mosh pit, mosh pit” and saw numerous flares igniting in the crowd.
At the end of the set Meighan took a moment to put things in context: “Ten years ago we opened The Other Stage” he said. “Seriously, thank you for this.” A cover of ‘Praise You’ and ‘L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) then concluded the show, bringing an end to a triumphant show.