My feelings of excitement at going to see Kasabian were matched in equal parts by my curiosity as to how they would get on without Tom Meighan their front man of 14 years who had such a great on stage presence and rapport with Serge.

Well tonight was nothing short of epic with the band delivering a classic Kasabian set and performance with no sign of a band in transition.

Serge is a natural frontman who prowls the stage as though he has been waiting all those years to release a huge reservoir of pent up energy.

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The band took to the stage to a thunderous reception during which a few hundred pounds worth of beer must have flown around the venue. From then on it was non stop energy both from the stage and the crowd.

Firm favourites Underdog and Shoot The Runner were stand out moments for me but to be honest every song on the set list went down a storm with the crowd including Treat, Empire and Vlad The Impaler.

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Looking down onto the standing area in front of the stage it was absolutely hectic throughout the entire gig and served to remind me that my days at the front are well and truly over. I am now one hundred percent an observer and with a show like this that’s just fine with me.

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A fiery version of Empire redoubled the energy both on and off the stage so that when the pretty short main set ended at just under the hour everyone was ready for a well earned rest.

The break was also short and then it was straight back into it with an extended version of Lost Souls Forever where at least half of that was the crowd singing accompanied by the band. Fire was next up and ended the gig on a real high.

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Any questions around how Kasabian would get on with this changed line-up have been well and truly answered with this emphatic performance from a band that are still at the top of their game.