Kasabian rock Chelmsford V Festival

The band hold their own against Radiohead

Kasabian pulled in a massive crowd for their headlining set on the Channel 4 stage at the V Festival.

The band tore through a set which showcased tracks from their forthcoming second album ‘Empire’ along with songs from their 2004 debut.

The Leicester rockers, who were up against Radiohead on the main stage, still managed to pull in a huge crowd for their 75 minute performance.

Speaking about going up against Radiohead before the gig, singer Tom Meighan told NME.COM: “Radiohead will be good competition. I’m a big fan and I do wish I could go and see em. But we’ll give em a good run for their money. May the best horse win!”

Guitarist Serge Pizzorno added: “Its what festivals should be about, two different bands who are equally as good. If you wanna carnage evening and you wanna touch the sky in some way then you come and see us. If you wanna listen to some good fucking interesting music then you go and see Radiohead. It’s gonna be riotous.”

During the set, they also dedicated fan favourite ‘Club Foot’ to Liam Gallagher who was watching in the crowd.

Kasabian played:

‘Shoot The Runner’

‘Reason Is Treason’


‘Cutt Off’


‘Me Plus One’

‘By My Side’

‘Butcher Blues’

‘Last Trip (In Flight)’

‘Processed Beats’

‘The Doberman’

‘Club Foot’



The band are due to play NME.COM‘s tenth birthday party at London’s KOKO on September 12.

Earlier this evening, Beck warmed the crowd up for Radiohead with an entertaining set on the Main Stage. Aided by a puppet show, he performed four new songs from forthcoming album ‘The Information’ – new single ‘Cellphone’s Dead’, ‘Nausea’, ‘1000 BPM’ and the LP’s title track.

He also played a selection of songs from his 2002 acoustic album ‘Sea Change’, as well as his hit singles ‘Loser’, ‘Devil’s Haircut’ and ‘Where It’s At’.

Girls Aloud got into the spirit of things in the JJB Arena including a cover of Kaiser Chiefs‘I Predict A Riot’ in the set alongside their own hits ‘Biology’ and ‘Sound Of The Underground’.

On the Channel 4 stage We Are Scientists made a grand entrance for their first V Festival appearance, rolling up onstage in little scooters for a set which was watched by Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack.

Speaking before the gig, singer Keith Murray told NME.COM: “Because it is our first V Festival for that reason it is the first V Festival. We didn’t wanna come but now that we’re here we’re really excited about playing.”

The band, who borrowed a couple of guitars from Editors, also played new track ‘Best Behaviour’.

Later the three-piece returned the favour by performing the backing vocals on the Birmingham band’s R.E.M cover of ‘Orange Crush’.

In the meantime for more V Festival coverage including live blogs from both sites go to NME.COM/festivals.

Also, make sure you check out next week’s issue of NME, on newsstands nationwide from August 24, for the best coverage from this year’s V Festival.