Kasabian take a dig at Kings Of Leon as they headline V Festival 2010

Leicester band tell Staffordshire crowd that 'It's about fucking time we headlined'

Kasabian took a dig at Kings Of Leon at the V Festival in Staffordshire tonight (August 21) as they made their first ever headline performance on the main stage.

Just before set closer ‘LSF’ singer Tom Meighan referenced tomorrow’s Weston Park headliners. “Fuck Kings Of Leon,” he said. “This is the Kasabian show.”

Prior to his rant, he added: “Stafford, listen to me now. I cannot believe this. We started this band in 1997 and now we are here with you, it’s about fucking time.”

The Leicester rockers played an almost identical set to their warm up show at the O2 Brixton Academy in London on Thursday (August 19), bar the inclusion of ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ album track ‘Thick As Thieves’.

Clearly humbled by the huge throng which had gathered for the band, Meighan declared before ‘Reason Is Treason’: “Fuck me, there are so many of you wow. Leicester City are you out there anyone? Aston Villa?”

The band later threw in a few bars of Salt-N-Pepa‘s 1987 hit ‘Push It’ at the end of b-side ‘Julie And The Mothman’.

Later as the band launched into ‘Empire’, Meighan told the crowd: “V 2010 Stafford raise your fucking hands in the sky now,” before adding. “Stafford, you are fucking empire!”

The performance of 2009 UK Top Five hit ‘Fire saw the band flanked by a three-piece brass section on one side and three backing singers on the other.

During ‘Vlad The Impaler’ Meighan also paid tribute to Michael Jackson as he changed the lyrics to: “Michael Jackson, I’ll see you on the other side“.

As the band closed their set with ‘LSF’ Meighan joked: “Who are we? Who are we?” with the crowd.

Kasabian played:

‘Shoot The Runner’
‘Where Did All The Love Go?’
‘Processed Beats’
‘Reason Is Treason’
‘Julie And The Mothman’/’Push It’
‘Thick As Thieves’
‘Take Aim’
‘Fast Fuse’
‘The Doberman’
‘Club Foot’
‘Stuntman/’I Feel Love’
‘Vlad The Impaler’

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