Kasabian kick off Glastonbury headline slot with cryptic onstage messages

The band's set flashes bizarre messages as they close the final night of the festival on the Pyramid Stage

Kasabian have kicked off their Glastonbury headline slot with a mix of hits old and new – and a series of cryptic messages flashing up onstage.

Taking to the stage just after 9.45pm, the Leicester band arrived as dramatic intro music played on a stage drenched in pink light, similar to the cover for their new album ‘48.13’.

New track ‘Bumblebeee’ opened the set, with the song title emblazoned in giant letters behind them.

“Hello Glastonbury how are you?” frontman Tom Meighan, who had donned a white suit and black bow tie for the occasion, told the crowd as a sample of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ blasted out, leading into ‘Shoot The Runner’, from their second album ‘Empire’. As Tom Meighan darted around the stage, a message with the words ‘Cordial’ flashed behind the band.

“I see a lot of fucking people. Good to see you,” he said. “OK, everybody raise your hands in the air. This song’s called ‘Underdog’. This is why you came,” he yelled introducing the track, from 2009’s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, during which fans set off red flares into the sky as the sun began to set.

“You look beautiful from where I am. You look gorgeous,” Meighan said, launching into a storming rendition of ‘Fast Fuse’ as the stage backdrop changed to read ‘10/20’.

Also closing the festival are Massive Attack on the Other Stage, Disclosure on the West Holts Stage and James Blake on The Park Stage. Keep up to date with all the latest action throughout the tonight on NME.COM.

Check back for a full Kasabian report later.