By Lindsy Stott
Kasabian proved that they are still one of the biggest crowd pullers in the UK music scene by filling the O2 Academy, on a very hot and sticky August Monday night. The atmosphere was that of a celebrating football crowd at a beerfest, the crowd overwhelmingly that of young males.
Tom Meighan strutted confidently on stage, setting the tone with Shoot the Runner, and the evening continued in the same jubilant and testosterone driven vein whilst Kasabian played through all of their extensive hit list – including Underdog, Clubfoot, Empire and the more recent Velociraptor supported by enthusiastic chanting audience participation.
Serge Pizzorno took centre stage for Take Aim whilst Meighan disappeared to top up his lager glass. After 19 songs and the emergence of a lively mosh pit, Kasabian returned with a rousing encore of Switchblade Smiles, Vlad the Impaler and Fire, ensuring that the night ended as it began. The lager-fuelled crowd eagerly spilled out into the surrounding streets of Brixton, with Kasabian-style terrace chants chanting filling the air.
Kasabian, without a doubt, proved by the deafening appreciation from their fans that they are a national treasure up there with the best of them – why they were absent from the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics remains a mystery!