Kasabian review: Band have an unfaltering ability to make you move

Kasabian at Thetford Forest. Picture: SAM DAWES

Kasabian at Thetford Forest. Picture: SAM DAWES - Credit: Sam Dawes

After the latest series of shows to be put on in Thetford Forest as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live series, Sunday was Kasabian’s time on the High Lodge stage, bringing a mix of new and old songs that have brought the band so much success throughout the years.

Kasabian's Thetford Forest support act Yonaka. Picture: SAM DAWES

Kasabian's Thetford Forest support act Yonaka. Picture: SAM DAWES - Credit: Sam Dawes

Support act Yonaka kicked off the evening with their genre bending sounds. The scale of the show was certainly not lost on them, with lead singer Theresa Jarvis instantly thanking the crowd and asking who else was as excited to see Kasabian as they were.

Going through their set, their passion and energy for their music exuded from the stage and was simply infectious, with members of the crowd joining in for a dance.

Just as the last remnants of the sun was peering over the woods, the Universal Studios theme song blared out of the speakers. It’s an apt song for the headliners to come out to. With Universal being one of the biggest film studios in the industry, Kasabian can easily be considered one of the most dominant rock bands in recent history.

One by one the band appeared on stage and launched into one of the biggest hits off their latest album, Ill Ray. You could see they were definitely up for this one with lead singer Tom Meighan and guitarist Sergio Pizzorno exploring every inch of the stage, feeding off the crowd with a swagger they more than justifiably earned.

The set cracked on with a good mix of new and old, You’re in love with a Psycho received a huge reaction with most of the crowd singing to the chorus, competing well to be louder than Meighan’s vocals.

This carried on throughout the night, especially with Underdog with the crowd even singing the opening guitar riff before launching into a sea of jumping and moving with smoke flares being lit throughout. The band certainly showed they were no strangers to this sort of environment, even stopping to have a brief chat about wanting a roast dinner.

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Forest Live has held some brilliant shows these past few days and Kasabian was no different, bringing tracks we all know and love with a mix of their latest work. The set flowed perfectly with each song complementing each other at the right moments, showing off their diverse range but never quitting on their unfaltering ability to make you move.