For crying out loud: Kasabian is playing only one UK show in 2020
Kasabian are staging a very special show at Victoria Park in their hometown of Leicester, which will be their only UK gig of 2020.
Titled Solstice II, the show comes six years after they first performed to a whopping 50,000 fans at the venue in 2014 and will see the “Fire” rockers joined by special guests Sam Fender, Inhaler and Easy Life. They will be back on the Victoria Park stage on 20 June 2020.
NME quotes guitarist Serge Pizzorno as saying, “We’re absolutely buzzing to be able to put on Solstice II in our home town of Leicester. Anyone who came last time would know how special it was and to get the opportunity to do it again is beyond a dream.”
Solstice II is a dream come true for fans as well. The former Glastonbury headliners clearly have the magic formula when it comes to performing, winning Best Live Act at the NME awards in 2018, a mere 11 years after their first win in 2007. They have also been named Q’s Best band in the world – twice.
Kasabian are not only rocking, but rolling forward with a follow-up record to 2017’s For Crying Out Loud. Their upcoming seventh studio album will feature new material and potentially a fresh sound after Pizzorno experimented with his solo venture, The S.L.P.
Speaking to NME, Pizzorno said, “We’ve trodden a lot of ground with the back catalogue of the band being quite varied and insane, which is beautiful. It was great to see the band from outer space and a different perspective with the solo thing, so I’ve got a very minimal view of what I want the music to be. That’s the approach I’m taking. I’m feeling loud guitars though, that’s for sure.”
Fingers crossed some of that new material will be played at Kasabian’s 2020 UK show. Until then, keep reading for everything you need to know before you go to Solstice II.
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Kasabian fast facts
- Band formed: 1997
- Members: Tom Meighan (lead vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (guitar, vocals, keyboards, percussion, electronic programming), Chris Edwards (bass), Ian Matthews (drums, percussion)
- Number of studio albums: 6; Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), Velociraptor! (2011), 48:13 (2014), For Crying Out Loud (2017)
- Musical style: Alt rock, indie rock
- Most famous singles: "Fire”, “Club Foot”, "Underdog”, “You’re in love with a psycho”, “Empire”, “Cutt Off”, "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)"
When is the Kasabian 2020 UK show?
Kasabian are performing their only UK show of 2020 at Victoria Park in Leicester. Called Solstice II, they will be joined by Sam Fender, Inhaler and Easy Life.
In an interview with LeicestershireLive, Pizzorno said, “It’s fantastic, it doesn’t get any better. Fifty thousand people in your hometown, what more do you want in life? “As soon as we did it [in 2014] we wanted to do it again, there were so many memorable moments. It was the pinnacle. “It was always in our minds to do it again but we wanted to wait to give it time to breathe, give it time to become a thing of legend. But some people missed it the first time and 2020 just felt good.”
He adds, “Anyone that came last time will tell you it’ll be incredible. The line-up is incredible. Sam Fender is incredible. I’m going to say it: there’s no better live band in the world than us, so if you want to go to the best hometown gig anywhere, you can’t miss it.”
Kasabian 2020 UK show date
- 20 June – Victoria Park, Leicester
Are Kasabian releasing a new album?
After the band’s last album, For Crying Out Loud, was released in 2017, Pizzorno worked on his own solo project: The S.L.P. Described as “playful, weird and genuinely experimental” by DIY Magazine – and he brought it back to Kasabian, it seems.
Speaking to NME, he said, “It feels like I’ve seen Earth from outer space. I’ve looked back in. I’ve got a whole new perspective on what we can do next. And we’ll see what we can get away with.”
The new Kasabian album does not have a release date yet.
Why is Kasabian called Kasabian?
After originally being called Saracuse, in an interview with Ukula, the band explained how original guitarist Chris Karloff came across the name whilst reading up about Charles Manson.
Specifically, they’re named after Linda Kasabian – a former member of the Manson family who was the pregnant getaway driver turned key witness for the Tate murders in 1969. Cheer, right? Naturally, Chris thought the name was cool and, after pitching it to his bandmates, it stuck.
How to get Kasabian tour tickets?
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