Kasabian review: Thunderous Belfast show from cocksure band
Despite last night's traffic chaos across Belfast, thousands of Kasabian fans made it to the Odyssey Arena for the Leicester band's triumphant return.
Since their 2011 visit, one album, a guitarist and several controversial pronouncements have come and gone, but Sergio Pizzorno and Co have lost none of their ability to thrill a crowd.
Musically, Kasabian stir up a strange brew of Primal Scream-like sonic nuance and mob-ready, Oasis-size choruses. The members ape those acts in their behaviour, too, striking a cocksure pose. Guitarist Pizzorno, together with lead singer Tom Meighan, jostled for control of the thunderous show, which featured tracks from vaguely experimental latest album 48:13, alongside rabble-rousing hits such as Cutt Off, Empire and Fire.
The Belfast audience roared back the lyrics throughout, and will likely have emerged as blinded as they were hoarse and deaf, what with the light show to rival Pink Floyd's. It was as exciting as any band that has strutted the Odyssey stage.