Kasabian, Miles Kane.
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.
10th December 2011, 7:30pm.
Already quite a well-established artist, Miles Kane attracted a relatively big crowd for his supporting slot tonight. Some already fans and some just curious to see what all the hype was about. He put on an amazing set full of songs off of his debut album ‘Colour of the Trap’. Songs such as ‘Telepathy’ and ‘Quicksand’ created sing a long moments getting the crowd fully warmed up for what was to come. His 60’s inspired sound goes down well with the older members of the audience as well as the younger contingent. Finishing up on his two most successful singles to date ‘Come Closer’ and ‘Inhaler’ really sparks some more life into the crowd. A brilliant set which surely leaves him having converted some more people to his cause.
Kasabian take to the stage in a sea of lights and a roar of cheers from the over excited crowd, kicking straight into ‘Days Are Forgotten’ the perfect opener for this Saturday night show. The fact that so many hits are aired so early into the set like ‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘Underdog’ and ‘Where Did All The Love Go?’ shows that this is a band with plenty of brilliant songs in their back catalogue. Their set is a mix of brand new songs off of current album ‘Velociraptor!’ and older classics from their first three albums. ‘Thick As Thieves’ took the tempo down a peg or two to become a beautiful moment for the swaying crowd. ‘Club Foot’, ‘Re-wired’ and ‘Empire’ bring the pace back up and really shows just how much energy this packed out arena crowd have in them tonight. Onstage the Leicester quartet are a true rock and roll band, in full control of the crowd’s attention with the perfect swagger in their step and attitude in the way they talk to their audience to remind you of the great rock bands of the past. This is a rock and roll show in all its glory but there is still a nod to the fact it’s nearly Christmas with an impromptu rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ from band and fans halfway through the set. Ending on ‘L.S.F’ shows that the band’s earlier songs were just as good as their current work and gets one of the best reactions of the night. However, it’s the encore that is really special, ‘Switchblade Smiles’ and ‘Vlad The Impaler’ have all the energy to insight a lot of bouncing in the crowd. The perfect finisher for tonight though was definitely ‘Fire’ with its festival anthem status easily creating the biggest and loudest sing a long of the night. It’s fair to say that Kasabian are the biggest rock band in the UK right now and with live shows like this and the amount of brilliant songs they have in their back catalogue it could be a while before the UK produces another band to challenge them of this title.