Kasabian’s Isle of Wight performance featured a preview of their new album Velociraptor!

The Leicester band which headlined the festival at the weekend closed the rain-soaked event on Sunday with a series of tracks from their back catalogue and the title track of their new album.

Speaking to the crowd, Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan said: “I take my hat off to you. Check out this rain. God Bless you.”

Kasabian’s fourth album and follow-up to 2009’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum will be released on September 19.

But their fans at the festival, which took place Seasclose Park, Newport from June 10-12, were the first to hear the new track in a rollicking rock ‘n’ roll finale. They blasted out 2009 single Fire to more than 70,000 drenched fans, and also entertained the crowd with a selection of hits including Shoot The Runner.

Kasabian are joined on satge by Noel Fielding at the Isle of Wight festival


Meanwhile, former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher – dressed in an overcoat, decorated in the colours of the UK’s Union Flag – made his first appearance at the event as he took to the main stage with his new band Beady Eye and assured the drenched crowd they “still look pretty good, mate,” before playing tracks including The Roller and Millionaire. The band closed their set with a cover of Sons of the Stage by World of Twist.

Kings of Leon ended the opening Friday night of the festival with an energetic set that included 2004 track The Bucket.

The band told Absolute Radio DJ Geoff Lloyd: “This is one of the last festivals that we haven’t done in the UK. Yeah, we’ve done pretty much everything else.”

The group also said they’re getting ready to start working on new material, adding: “Yeah we’re jamming. Maybe musically we’re kind of waiting for us all to kind of get back in the same head space before we go into the studio, because right now it’ll probably be pulling in a couple of different directions.”

Elsewhere over the weekend, Pulp and Iggy and the Stooges played the main stage on Saturday before a headline set from Rope rockers Foo Fighters.

The Script, Pixie Lott, We Are Scientists and Stay Too Long rapper Plan B also performed at the event.