You know you’re in for a raucous night when Kent two piece Slaves are opening the gig. It’s hard to pinpoint what to call the racket Slaves play but, when drummer/frontman Isaac Holman jokes, “we’re a two piece because nobody else wanted to join us…”, you really don’t need to bandy about pointless labels. Relentless, raw and ever so slightly unhinged, Slaves stint on stage is one capable of waking even the quietest of crowds.
Not that quiet is something you could accuse the Kasabian crowd of being. Far from it if truth be told because, the moment the band took off into their set, this packed arena was up and on its feet. Making their first appearance in Leeds since their barnstorming festival headline set in August, the Leicester outfit kick off with opening whammy of “Ill Ray (The King)”, “Bumblebeee” and “Eez-Eh”, the latter complete with a somewhat impressive light show.
Frontman Tom Meighan, decked out in white puffa jacket and shades, along with guitarist Serge Pizzorno, whipped this crowd into a further frenzy during the likes of “Your In Love With A Psycho”, not that any encouragement was needed because, as demonstrated back in August, Yorkshire loves the lads in Kasabian quite a lot!