Kasabian play London for V Festival warm-up gig

Leicester rockers also cover Salt N'Pepa at one-off Brixton show

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Kasabian brought their ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ tour to a close at a special one-off show in London tonight (August 19).

The Leicester rockers played a warm-up gig at the O2 Brixton Academy ahead of their V Festival headline slots this weekend.

The band played a hit-laden set, which saw much of the crowd singing along as they powered through their back catalogue.


Kicking off with ‘Shoot The Runner’, after coming on to the theme from A Clockwork Orange, Kasabian, joined by a three-piece brass section, played a set which saw them briefly cover Salt n’ Pepa‘s ‘Push It’ and Donna Summer‘s ‘I Feel Love’.

Singer Tom Meighan also teamed up with the singer from support act Dark Horses, Lisa Elle, on vocals for ‘West Ryder Silver Bullet’, with the pair briefly holding hands during the track.

As the singer launched into ‘Empire’ he declared: “OK, you motherfuckers, raise your hands to the ceiling and hold it,” before he added at the end of the track: “Brixton you’re empire. Fuck yeah.”


Towards the close of the set, Meighan also paid tribute to guitarist Serge Pizzorno‘s recently born baby before launching into ‘LSF’.

“I don’t know what to fucking say, we have come to the end of our tour and you’ve been fucking beautiful,” he told the crowd. “Let’s hear it for Serge‘s newborn baby. Not me yet, though, not me. I love you dearly, thank you.”

Kasabian played:

‘Shoot The Runner’


‘Where Did All The Love Go’


‘Processed Beats’

‘Reason Is Treason’

‘Julie And The Mothman’/’Push It’

‘West Ryder Silver Bullet’

‘Take Aim’


‘Fast Fuse’

‘The Doberman’


‘Stuntman/’I Feel Love’


‘Vlad The Impaler’


Kasabian will now headline the V Festival this weekend. Head to [url=]NME.COM/festivals[/url] for full coverage.

Plus make sure you buy next week’s issue of NME to get the definitive review of V Festival, either on UK newstands from August 25 or available digitally worldwide.

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