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Review: Kasabian at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

With trippy visuals and a string quartet, Myriah Towner says Kasabian put on a memorable show on Tyneside

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Kasabian
Kasabian

In the packed arena filled with a sea of people, a peppering of white light from raised mobile phones could been seen as the audience counted down the last five seconds on the clock.

The clock stopped, the fans went mental and Kasabian took the stage with a favourite from their latest album 48:13.

As the word ‘bumble’ was displayed in pink and black on screen, we knew we were in for a treat. It is not a surprise that the alternative rock-band from Leicester had the audience reeling within the first few minutes - as the song Bumblebee is a from the group’s fourth consecutive number one album.

And with visual graphics that accompanied Kasabian’s live performance, their set at the Metro Radio Arena proved to be both musically enchanting and visually stimulating.

The melodious addition was when the string quartet was brought on stage wearing black and white skeleton outfits. Even then, it was difficult to not be entranced throughout the performance just as much by the music as by what was flashing on screen.

A bit skeptical of their music having never been to one of their live shows, this was impressive. A combination of a wordbook which included ‘trackie’, ‘bovver’ and ‘spuggy’ blasted on screen throughout the night, along with psychedelic graphics and a majestic light display - it proved to be a whimsical show.

With classics such as Fire and new ones including Treat, Kasabian knew how to move the crowd with everyone on their feet during the entire set.

As the clock counted down the last second of the show, the audience jumped in a mosh-pit like trance. And just when we thought it was over, the band led us in an impromptu, a capella version of All You Need Is Love to send us off.

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