Kasabian play make ‘main stage’ UK festival debut

Band tell NME.COM Isle Of was 'electrifying'

Kasabian made their first appearence on the main stage at a major UK festival tonight (June 9).

The band who, arrived on site by taking SBS-style speedboats across the Solent, played a typically euphoric set at the Isle Of Wight Festival.

Opening with ‘Shoot The Runner’, the band quickly transformed Seaclose Park into a giant rave with frontman Tom Meighan leading the party from the stage.

“Saturday night!” declared the singer. “It’s good to be here with you fuckers!”

With the lights the likes of ‘Empire’, ‘Processed Beats’ and ‘Club Foot’ getting the crowd pumped up, the band triggered a series of mass sing-a-longs.

“We really enjoyed tonight,” guitarist Serge Pizzorno told NME.COM. “When you put Thomas Meighan in the middle of a stage in front of thousands of people you know what’s going to happen! It’s just electrifying!”

He added that tonight’s “main stage debut” had not been lost on the band.

“It was the first time we played a main stage [in the UK] tonight, we’ve only ever done second stages before so it was a first for us,” he declared. “We just love to play all these tunes that people seem to love. We just can’t go on stage without playing songs like ‘LSF’, ‘Empire’ and ‘Club Foot’. It was amazing.”

Pizzorno added they were happy to play before Muse, saying that the band were now looking forward to a busy summer because thanks to the fact they are not topping the bill at UK festivals.

“Because we’re not headlining we can play more festivals,” Pizzorno explained. “This, Glasto, T and V Festival it’s going to be a great summer, we’re really looking forward to it!”

Kasabian played:

‘Shoot The Runner’

‘Reason Is Treason’


‘Cutt Off’

‘Me Plus One’



‘Processed Beats’

‘Last Trip’

‘The Doberman’

‘Club Foot’

‘The Stunt Man’


NME.COM will be bringing you coverage live from both of this weekend’s festivals – Isle Of Wight and Download – so for news, blogs and photography straight from both sites go to NME.COM/festivals now.

Meanwhile make sure you check out next week’s NME – on UK newstands from June 13 – for exclusive coverage of all the weekend’s action, including the only picture of Kasabian‘s boat trip.