This week's NME cover stars are Kasabian. Back in the middle of May 2014, NME journalist Greg Cochrane and photographer Jordan Hughes were invited on tour with the band during a small run of warm-up shows in western Ireland.
The Leicester band have performed a number of low key gigs in order to prepare for their massive homecoming show at Leicester's Victoria Park on Saturday June 21. This shot, which features touring musicians Tim, Gary and Ben, was taken in the run up to a show at Limerick's Big Top, on May 16.
Tom and Serge, relaxing on their dressing room sofa, ahead of soundcheck.
Tom: stage ready.
Tom questions Serge's heathy drinking habits.
Discussing the set list, the band eventually decided on opening their show in Limerick with 'Bumblebee', taken from their number one album '48:13'.
One of Serge's seemingly infinite supply of '48:13' T-shirts.
Touring guitarist Tim Carter recently joined the band - they met in San Francisco at Dan The Automator's studio while Kasabian recorded their 'West Pauper...' album.
The Big Top @Dolans in Limerick, Ireland. Gets it's name because it's a stage underneath a big tent. Obviously.
"Guys, Serge is in here, lets turn it over..."
Moments before the band took to the stage...
Just over 1000 fans we lucky enough to get tickets to the show.
Speaking before the gig, Serge told NME the setlist the band have now assembled, five albums into their career is "frightening". "It builds and builds," he said.
Now imagine this, but with 100x more people at Glastonbury on Sunday June 29.
In the build up to Victoria Park and Glastonbury... You can read the full feature with Kasabian on the road in this week's NME. Download the digital edition for iPad or iPhone. It's also available in all good newsagents.