hmv reviews… Kasabian @ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Kasabian rocked the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this week and we were there to catch all the action...
One of Britain’s most popular rock outfits, Kasabian promoting album number six “For Crying Out Loud”.
In a sold out Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The crowd are very much up for it this evening. They are all in strong voice, jumping and moving to every song. There’s a real mixture of old and young blood; showing the diverse audience that they appeal to.
Were there any decent supports?
Slaves have everybody going right from the get go performing a lot of their early material. They feel like the perfect support for Kasabian playing to the rowdy “laddish” crowd. It’s all very loud and heavy for just the two of them with songs with “Sockets” and “The Hunter” in particular really inciting the pits to move about. They even showcase a new song called “Cut & Run” which follows their trademark punk vibe seen in their previous material.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The anticipation builds beforehand with a countdown on the big screens. To the dot, they arrive triumphantly on the stage to a variety of film fanfares and burst into their latest album opener 'Ill Ray' which is sounding huge and feels like the perfect way to open proceedings. It’s followed up by another belter in 'Bumblebee' which again shows them at their heaviest and best.
'Eez-Eh' has the perfect tempo to bounce along to and it’s clear to see why the term has now become synonymous with the band. More new material comes in the form of 'Twentyfourseven' which just feels like the group are having great fun and this correlates to the lively crowd. One particular highlight tonight is the killer riff that finishes off 'Underdog' which fills the whole arena.
The fans have really embraced the material off of the new album with the single 'You’re In Love With A Psycho' and 'Bless This Acid House' becoming solid staples in an already strong back catalogue. The opening of 'Club Foot' still has as much energy and urgency as it did when it was released back in 2004. New favourites like 'Stevie' and 'Re-Wired' are also given even more umph as they’re complimented by an additional brass section.
Serge, sporting yet another cracking t-shirt, gets his moments to shine with a delicate version of 'British Legion' from their second album 'Empire'. In contrast, he’s in full-on dancing mode during 'Treat'; strutting his way across the stage and the front of the crowd in only the way that he can.
No Kasabian gig is complete without a massive sing along to L.S.F, which feels almost impossible to not get involved. The "La, la la" chants linger on long after the band leave the stage and throughout the streets afterwards. They of course return to the cheers of everybody with 'Comeback Kid'. The pits are still lively this far into the gig but they go up another notch with 'Vlad The Impaler'. With its dirty bassline and rousing chorus, the sweat drenched crowd lap it up.
There’s only one way to finish it and that’s with 'Fire' which plays out loud through the speakers and sung by every one of the 7,500 in attendance. Whilst some argue that guitar music is dead, Kasabian are proof that is still very much alive and it’s not going away any time soon.
Did they put on much of a show?
Kasabian are well known for being a great live band and tonight doesn’t tarnish their reputation one bit. They may all be dressed in plain whites but the back drop resembles their latest album in the form of lights and the impressive laser show sweeps the arena particularly during 'Treat'.
What was the highlight of the set?
Even with a plethora of anthems, 'Fire' is still the one that gets everyone going the most. Everybody is feeding off of the energy which fills the arena as everybody no matter how far back they are, are jumping around and singing along.
Where can I catch them next?
They visit Liverpool and Leeds before two nights in Birmingham. They’ve also just been announced as headliners for the 50th anniversary of the Isle Of Wight festival this summer along with Depeche Mode and The Killers.