Sunday doesn’t sound like the best day of the week for a raise-the-roof gig, but that didn’t let Kasabian deter them from delivering a show that North-east fans won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Riding high off of the success of their sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, Kasabian returned to the Granite City to give their fans a night full of hits both old and new.
From the minute they walked onto the stage, decked out from head to toe in enough white to be an 1980s boy band, Kasabian had the crowd in the palm of their hand, and they never lost control for one second.
Frontman Tom Meighan expertly navigated the gig from start to finish, strutting across the stage with all the confidence of a ringmaster.
Balancing crowd favourites from past albums with music from a new album is never easy, but Kasabian clearly know the impact of their biggest hits and didn’t shy away from playing them.
When the band played the opening riff of Underdog, the crowd erupted.
Fan favourites such as Empire and Club Foot received a similarly enthusiastic response.
That’s not to say there wasn’t a healthy dose of new songs for the audience to enjoy as well.
Kasabian’s latest album is far too good to be ignored.
Crowd favourites included the infectiously catchy You’re In Love with a Psycho and Bless this Acid House.
A special mention should also be given to the set and lighting design, which elevated the night from a good gig to a full spectacle.
It’s important that bands don’t look like they’re simply going through the motions on a stage, and you’d never be in doubt that every member of Kasabian was giving each moment their all and having a brilliant night.
At the end of the night the band returned to the stage for a three-song encore, which included the brilliantly catchy Fire, ending the gig on the perfect high note.
Kasabian have always been known for delivering shows with enough energy to blow off a roof, and tonight they proved that they still more than deserve that title.