Kasabian, headliners on Friday night (June 22nd) at this year’s IW Festival, were formed in Leicester in 1997 when known as Saracuse. They are classed as an Indie Rock/Electronica/Electric Rock band. A title disliked by band member Sergio Pizzorno.
Prior to their appearance on the Island they will be touring South America during May promoting their latest album ‘For Crying Out Loud’. Shows are planned in various South America venues including Rio on the 18th May and Buenos Aires on the 21st.
Band members comprise Tom Meighan-vocals, Sergio Pizzorno-guitar/vocals, Chris Edwards-bass and Ian Matthews- drums. Prior to Ian Matthews joining the band as drummer they used a number of session drummers following the departure of Chris Karioff in 2006.
In 2010 and 2014 they won the title of ‘Best Act in the World Today’ from ‘Q’ Awards plus ‘Best Live Act’ at the 2014 ‘Q’ Awards. Other awards include ‘Best Live Act’ at the Brit Awards 2007 and 2008 and ‘Best British Group’ 2010 at the NME Awards. They were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for the multi- platinum selling ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’.
Over the years they have produced six studio albums-‘ Kasabian’ 2004, ‘Empire’ 2006, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ 2009, ‘Velociraptor’ 2011, ‘48.13’ in 2014 and the latest, in 2017, ‘For Crying Out Loud’.
Headlining Glastonbury in 2014 they played the IW Festival in 2011 when they closed the Sunday night.