Kasabian at the Isle of Wight Festival
The thousands who stood through the rain to catch Leicestershire band Kasabian at the Isle of Wight Festival at the weekend, saw a set well worth waiting for, writes Fiona Dryden.
The headline act of Sunday night, the county's best-known musical export sprang on to the stage and launched into their first number without any introduction. It really wasn't needed.
From that moment on, we were putty in their hands.
Kasabian even stopped the torrential rain – the only let-up in a very wet day.
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As for the music, it was a fantastic mixture of familiar anthems from Kasabian's eponymous debut to their third, which bagged them Q Magazine's album of the year, and it had the crowd pumping.
Lead singer Tom Meighan thanked everyone for braving the weather and he really meant it.
On Saturday night Jarvis Cocker had made love to the audience. Later, Dave Grohl stoked it until it ignited
But Meighan is the talented conductor of a space rock orchestra and he did his job brilliantly.
Chief songwriter Serge Pizzorno took the lead for the enthralling Take Aim, producing a powerful performance and bringing an equally talented presence to the stage.
A guest appearance from comedian Noel Fielding brought a touch of comedy gold to what can only be described as a real festival highlight.