Kasabian steal show at One Big Weekend
As Basement Jaxx close day one of the party
10 May 2009
Tom Meighan and Co were in an uncompromising mood as they played to a huge crowd during their penultimate slot in the main stage tent, mixing tracks from all three albums.
An aggressive ‘Empire’ prompted lead singer Meighan to pull out the rock and roll clichés: "everyone in this tent, raise your hands," he shouted with the crowd duly responding.
Their more psychedelic new tracks ‘Fire’ and ‘Underdog’ may have been the inspiration behind guitarist Serge Pizzorno wearing a headband for the set, but they sounded just as tight as older tracks ‘Stuntman’ and ‘Processed Beats’, maybe even tighter than the Samurai style ponytail Meighan was sporting.
The Leicester band also found time to murder Candi Staton’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ during their performance as well as dropping lyrics from Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’ into the set.
Headliners Snow Patrol performed to a large but depleted audience compared to Kasabian, with a lot of the crowd moving over to the In New Music We Trust Stage to watch Basement Jaxx.
And those who made the move weren’t disappointed by the Brixton dance duo. The pair performed with a live drummer, bongo player and singers, filling their set with party anthems. Their performance included a storming rendition of ‘Red Alert’ and ‘Do Your Thing’ as well as a rather flaccid remix of ‘Sex Is On Fire’ by Kings Of Leon.
Earlier in the day Dizzee Rascal welcomed Calvin Harris onstage for a energetic rendition of their number one hit ‘Dance Wiv Me’ while new track ‘Bonkers’ proved to be a crowd pleaser.
Elsewhere Jack Penate’s new African-infused indie was well received, Doves drew a large crowd in the In New Music We Trust tent, 2 Many DJs spun a hit heavy afternoon set and The Wombats played on the main stage.
Radio 1’s One Big Weekend 2009 continues today (Sunday) with The Prodigy, Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand and more.