Leicester indie favourites Kasabian are coming to First Direct Arena in Leeds this winter with a very special guest in tow.
Fresh from headlining Leeds Festival on August bank holiday weekend, Kasabian have announced a mammoth UK tour for November and December, which includes returning to Leeds for a date at First Direct Arena with Slaves in support. The Leicester quartet will be showing off their sixth record, ‘For Crying Out Loud’, which came out in May and went straight to number 1 in the charts.
The album is just the latest in a career that has seen Kasabian become one of the biggest bands the UK has produced this century. Since the release of their debut album in 2004, they’ve managed to shift over 10 million albums and singles across the world, and if ‘For Crying Out Loud’ is anything to go by, there’s no sign of that figure stagnating.
Singles like ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ and ‘Comeback Kid’ are quintessentially Kasabian. Sweeping, electronic-infused melodies that thunder into anthemic choruses. It’s the kind of formula that they’ve had nailed down for years, and they see no need to change it – why would you if it works?
It won’t just be about their new stuff, however. Their magnum opus is still their self-titled 2004 debut album, released at the height of indie’s massive revival. They were one of the groups to soundtrack that era, with massive tunes like ‘L.S.F.’, ‘Processed Beats’ and ‘Club Foot’, all of which should make an appearance on Thursday 7th December 2017.
They followed that up with ‘Empire’ in 2006, which was home to live favourites ‘Shoot the Runner’ and ‘Me Plus One’, before 2009’s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ unleashed some of their most famous tracks on us – ‘Fire’, ‘Underdog’, ‘Vlad the Impaler’ and ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’ are all part of the set lists that have made the band an unmissable prospect live.
Kasabian have been no less productive this decade, either. 2011’s ‘Velociraptor!’ featured ‘Days Are Forgotten’, ‘Goodbye Kiss’ and ‘Man of Simple Pleasures’, and took them to headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury for the first time, before ’48:13’ was responsible for the singles like ‘eez-eh’, ‘Bumblebee’ and ‘Stevie’ in 2014.
That brings us full circle to 2017 and the Kasabian of today. With that huge Leeds Festival headline slot in the bag, the band are, after 20 years together, still at the top of their game, so don’t miss their return to First Direct Arena this December.
Kasabian play First Direct Arena on Thursday 7th December 2017. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 9am.