Kasabian dedicate song to Cilla Black during V Festival headline slot

The band sang 'Goodbye Kiss' as a tribute

Kasabian included a tribute to the late Cilla Black last night (22 August) during their headline set at V Festival.

The group dedicated ‘Goodbye Kiss’ to her, a song from their fourth album ‘Velociraptor!’ Behind them the word ‘pure’ was projected onto the back of the stage.


As part of their set the band played a selection of songs from their five albums, including ‘Underdog’, ‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘eez-eh’ and ‘Days Are Forgotten’. They also covered The Fugees’ ‘Ready Or Not’, and performed one of their frequent covers, Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, before jumping into the crowd.

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri recently claimed that Kasabian’s song ‘Fire’ spurred his team on to victory against Sunderland.

Ranieri’s side beat Sunderland 4-2 at their own King Power Stadium with goals from Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, and a brace from Riyad Mahrez. Speaking after the game, the team’s new Italian manager said that he told the team to turn into “warriors” when they ran out onto the pitch to the Kasabian song.

“I think I know the Leicester fans very well. They are [passionate] supporters and I told my players ‘when you go on the pitch and you hear the song from Kasabian, that means they want warriors.’ I want to see them as warriors for the fans,” he told Foxes Player Vision HD.

“Kasabian are a fantastic rock band from Leicester and I think the guitar man, Serge, is Italian. It’s good and I think they (the fans) love fighters. We are fighters,” he added. “I’m very pleased with the performance of the players. I wanted fighters and warriors and this is important for me because there will be matches where you draw or lose because this is football. You have to fight, and they did fight.”