Kasabian

EMMA LEE UEA LCR, Norwich

EMMA LEE

UEA LCR, Norwich

In the last year, Kasabian have become one of the country's hottest rock bands, so it was a real treat to see them perform in a venue as intimate as the UEA on Tuesday.

The set began with a slightly self indulgent instrumental overture, but once they struck up the opening chords of Shoot the Runner all was forgiven. The set, trawled from their two albums, was a real musical melting pot spanning the 1960s to the 1990s with hints of the Rolling Stones, prog rock, glam, Madchester and Britpop. And it was an exhilarating mix. Frontman Tom Meighan has more than a hint of the Gallagher swagger about him - and he had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. Predictable crowd pleasers included Club Foot, Empire, Processed Beats and the encore, LSF, which had the audience still singing long after the band had left the stage.

It was one of the loudest, brashest, sweatiest gigs I have seen at the UEA in a long time - and it was brilliant.

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