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Rock brings Creamfields to a close
By Kev Geoghegan
Newsbeat music reporter

Tom Meighan

Kasabian have proved, beyond a doubt, that rock music has a place in the future of Creamfields.

The rockers unveiled their most ambitious live production yet to close the main stage at the dance music festival, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Their road crew began work on the stage shortly after Fatboy Slim's headline set the previous night, building a series of projection screens set at different angles, giving the impression of collapsing in on themselves.

Taking to the stage and launching into Shoot The Runner, from their second album Empire, the band performed in front of swirling, psychedelic effects similar to the opening credits of the older series of Doctor Who.

Speaking before the set, guitarist Serge Pizzorno said: "We tried to make it look like we were inside a television looking out at everyone.

"It's mental, it's like 70s rock, techno-psychedelia."

Wearing huge black rock star shades and a waistcoat with what appeared to be a massive rose on it, singer Tom Meighan did his best to work up the crowd as the band played Cutt Off, followed by live favourite Processed Beats.

New songs

Serge Pizzorno added new lyrics lifted from The Kinks' You Really Got Me and White Lines by Melle Mel.

Kasabian also chucked a couple of new songs into the set.

Follow Kasabian as they headline Creamfields

Fast Fuse, which fans of the band will have heard already, if not live, and Fire from their forthcoming third album - due for completion early next year.

The band played to the clubbers in the crowd with a laser show and even covered a rave classic during their three song encore.

After playing the bass heavy Club Foot and Stuntman, Serge took lead vocals and the familiar opening riff of the classic You Got The Love by The Source featuring Candi Staton kicked in.

It got some cheers and some spontaneous singing but it merely served as an opener to the band's traditional set closer, LSF and its sing-a-long chorus.

Pizzorno said: "We tried it the other night and it worked. It's just a little nod and a wink."

There were questions whether Kasabian, who play rock music, albeit with danceable beats, could hold their own against DJs playing the other stages.

Biggest crowd

Dutch DJ Tiesto proved to be the biggest draw of the night in the Cream tent.

So many people tried to cram into the space that organisers were forced to stop more fans from getting in to avoid dangerous overcrowding.

Tom Meighan
Frontman Tom Meighan said Kasabian deserved to headline

As a result, Kasabian did not pull as big a crowd as they would have at a mixed music festival and despite the front of stage looking packed, the audience thinned out rapidly beyond the first 20 or so rows.

Meighan said the band weren't daunted by the challenge: "We're blessed, we're special people are we deserve to be headlining at Creamfields."

Pizzorno agreed: "That was the reason why we said we would do it, we wouldn't have turned up otherwise.

"People have always wanted to dance to our music and there people are here to dance."

Rebecca from Manchester said: "I actually loved it. I think they did it miles better than Tiesto."

Her friend Adam agreed: "Best live set of the weekend, Kasabian are a great band anyway but tonight they just slayed it."

Other highlights from the second day of Creamfields included Soulwax and disco legends Chic on the main stage and Late Of The Pier, who came on around 20 minutes late but played to a packed Skins Arena.

Kasabian follow up Creamfields with a show at the Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland on 29 August.



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