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Live review: Kasabian at Thetford Forest

PUBLISHED: 09:06 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 11 June 2018

Kasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

Kasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

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It's not often you see swathes of Leicester City shirts in Thetford, but they were out in force as Midlands band Kasabian brought their high energy rock anthems to High Lodge.

Kasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee BlanchflowerKasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

If music did have league tables, this band would be in the same division as the team they famously support. They are Premier League through and through, especially when it comes to live performances.

Kasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee BlanchflowerKasabian headlining Thetford Forest on the final night of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

From the first moment they arrive on stage with an up tempo King for the Day, they have the crowd on their feet, dancing and jumping.

Fan favourites like Shoot the Runner, Club Foot and Empire go down a storm with what is clearly a die-hard crowd. It may be Sunday night, but that hasn’t stopped people getting in the party mood and everywhere you look there are women and men on shoulders and the frequent sight of beer cups being hurled through the air in satisfaction.

After more than a decade in the business, Kasabian have a fantastic back catalogue to call upon and the gig really showcases the diversity of their sound, from dance-led tracks like Ecstasy, some 90s-style shoegazing and even the odd poignant ballad.

Given that this is not a band whose trajectory is in any way going downwards, they headline this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, this is a real coup for the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series, a genuine world-renowned name still at the top of their game.

And boy did it show during some of the best tracks of the night such as L.S.F and a pulsating and triumphant closing song Fire, which has even the stragglers at the back jumping up and down like there is no tomorrow.

You don’t get many epic Sunday nights like this in Norfolk, let’s hope next year’s line up can deliver the same quality.

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