#liveformusic – Kasabian
POSTED 13.08.14 IN NEWS
To say 2014 has been a big year for Kasabian is a bit of an understatement.
Line up changes, a ten year anniversary, a new album and headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury… we need a lie down just thinking about it.
The release of album number five – 48:13 – was a tad bittersweet; rhythm guitarist Jay Mehler had left the band and subsequently joined Beady Eye. But luckily it was on good terms, and Tim Carter has stepped up to take his place. Carter, having worked with Dan The Automator, who had worked with the band on their two previous releases – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Velociraptor! – fitted right in, and unsurprisingly the album hit number one in the charts.
And can we talk about the ten year anniversary of their self titled debut? Time has gone far too quickly for our liking – it feels like only yesterday we heard ‘Club Foot’ and it blew our minds. Proving that there is such thing as longevity in today’s music scene, Kasabian celebrated the very special occasion by heading home to Leicester’s Victoria Park to play to 50,000.
But if that wasn’t enough, just a week later Kasabian played perhaps the biggest show of their lives. As far as the UK music scene goes, it doesn’t really get much bigger OR better than headlining Glastonbury. A real honour for any band, closing the festival went down an absolute storm, earning the band massive amounts of praise and the press marking the performance as a ‘triumph’ left, right and centre.
So after that, what’s next? A sit down and a cup of tea perhaps? Oh no. As of the beginning of August, the band are jet-setting around the world for an epic tour that’ll keep them busy until the end of the year, before landing on home soil in December. And having just announced they’ll be headlining the iTunes Festival on the 5th of September, there’s no rest for the wicked.
48:13 is out now.