Kasabian: ‘We don’t mind missing World Cup final to headline T In The Park’

Plus guitarist Sergio Pizzorno relives the band's first year at the Scottish festival

Kasabian are set to headline the T In The Park festival this weekend (July 11), making them one of the few bands to have both opened and closed the Scottish event – and they don’t mind missing the World Cup final this time to do it.

The Leicester band made their debut at the festival in 2005, playing first.

“The first time we played it we were first on and it was so early that the gates hadn’t even opened,” Sergio Pizzorno told NME. “Then as we started playing people started coming down the hill charging towards us. Even then you felt something was going on. So it’s great to be back headlining the whole festival this year.”

The guitarist reckons their T appearance and a similar slot at V Festival will see their best performances yet, saying: “The set will just grow and grow and when you think it can’t get any higher, it gets higher again. T and our V shows will be the jewel in the crown for ‘West Ryder [Pauper Lunatic Asylum]’!”

However, Pizzorno admits there’s one upside of his beloved Italy getting knocked out of the World Cup, as the band’s slot clashes with the final on Sunday event.

“In 2006 it was almost horrible because Italy were in the World Cup final, and your mind is all over the place, five minutes before you go on you’re watching penalties in the World Cup final,” he explained.

“So in a way it will be nicer this year just to go on a play. I remember last time there were loads of people backstage watching the match and there were a few French bands milling around. It was a strange one!”

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