Finally we are all ushered inside, (the momentum of the three women behind me pushing me all the way to the barrier was appreciated) and had a very small wait before the Melbourne 5 piece psychedelic-rock band The Delta Riggs took the stage.
They had very minimal crowd interaction but didn’t need to as their tunes got us swaying along with their laid-back rock too easily. Lead singer Elliott Hammond was one to watch as he showed off his musical talent throughout their set by jumping on the keyboards, strapping on the guitar even busting out the maracas and leaping from the drum kit. The highlight of their set for me was definitely the catchy 'Supersonic Casualties'.
Guitarist, part-time singer and music video director Sergio ‘Serge’ Pizzorno and lead singer Tom Meighan both bounce on stage and immediately break into the first song of the night ‘Bumblebee’.
I’d only ever seen these English Rockers once before on an extremely hot afternoon at the 2012 BDO and became an instant fan of theirs, especially when Tom announced our mutual lack of function in daylight hours by saying “We are fucking vampires, we don’t do well during the day”.
They followed Bumblebee with the crowd pleasing ‘Shoot The Runner’ using the start of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead”. This wasn’t their only hat-tip to rap as later they used a portion of House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ to lead them into their song ‘Processed Beats’ which ended with Serge rapping the famous lines from Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’. They also did a well-received cover of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, where their voices were all but lost in the crowd sing-a-long and the now famous (thanks to a certain car commercial) 'Eez Oh'.
There was a lot of mutual love in the room as Kasabian showed a lot of appreciation to the crowd during the show and even more to end it and the mixed all ages crowd, gave it all right back.
So many times over the years you hear people declare “Rock’n’Roll is dead” but it’s very clear that those people haven’t been to a Kasabian concert!!
Review by Bradley Bradford
Photos by Melissa Donato. See the full gallery here