Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno: ‘Headlining Reading And Leeds Festivals was a huge moment’

'We flew out of this universe,' says guitarist of band's bill-topping gig

Kasabian‘s Serge Pizzorno has said that headlining this year’s >Reading And Leeds festivals was “a huge moment” and claimed their performances were so good they “flew out of this universe” – click above to watch.

In a video interview with NME.COM, the guitarist paid tribute to the festival’s fans and said: “It’s hard to put into words… I thought there were seven levels and there’s actually eight. We got to the eighth level last night. It was absolutely unbelievable. The crowd… We flew out of this universe.”

He went on to add:

We’ve not played here for seven years. It was great – it was a huge moment.

Pizzorno also said that he and his bandmates had been adamant that they wouldn’t return to the event unless they were chosen as headliners. “The second time we played we headlined the second stage, and after that it was so good we said we’d never play it again unless we headlined the main stage,” he said. “Which was, I suppose, a risky manoeuvre, but it paid off.”

Earlier this week, NME users voted Kasabian as the third best band of Reading And Leeds Festivals, with Foo Fighters in second and Enter Shikari in the top spot. The Cure, Green Day, The Black Keys and The Maccabees also made the Top 10 – for the full list, check out our Have Your Say page.

For the ultimate Reading and Leeds review, and to read all about the action-packed weekend, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.