Review: Kasabian and Blossoms shine on Neighborhood Weekender day two

NEARLY five years ago I went to my first festival.

It was something I had never experienced before. Two words; Leeds and massacre.

You’re probably wondering what relevance this has to Neighborhood Weekender, but stick with me.

At the time, the program featured Liam Gallagher, my most important musical idol at the time and still today.

I was a fan of Kasabian, but I thought Liam would easily steal the show in my eyes.

He was magical, of course, but one night later I came off the main stage after seeing Kasabian and I was impressed by how good they were.

It was organized chaos of the best kind. They stole the show.

And nearly five years later, the Serge Pizzorno-led band brought that to Neighborhood Weekender last night, Sunday.

Serge was greeted everywhere with chants of ‘Sergio’

Festival goers had a great day at Neighborhood

Festival goers had a great day at Neighborhood

I wonder if festival goers had any questions about whether Serge would make it as the frontman live – well, if they did, all doubts were cleared within moments as he has more than stepped on the board.

The atmosphere was electric, and the 20,000-strong Victoria Park crowd bounced as classics like Stevie and Club Foot were waved goodbye before the sun set and Fire came out to play.

Ironically, Blossoms was on the program at the same festival in Leeds and last night they led Kasabian in Neighborhood in a fantastic way.

While pulling out new songs like The Sulking Poet and Ribbon Around The Bomb, Tom Ogden had some of the audience—myself included—wrapped around his finger when Oh No, Is This Real Life and Charlemagne joined the party.

Tom Ogden and Blossoms were fantastic

Tom Ogden and Blossoms were fantastic

Blossoms made sure the audience left with a smile on their faces

Blossoms made sure the audience left with a smile on their faces

Earlier yesterday Tom Grennan and Jamie Webster turned up the sound levels a few notches and a special note to The Amazons – if you give me a few words to sum up the band it wouldn’t do it justice, but I can try.

A great performance from a band that only gets better. Exciting times are ahead for them leading up to a new album in September as their profile will only continue to grow – remember the day you saw them on Neighborhood Weekender.

Pale Waves in action earlier on Sunday

Pale Waves in action earlier on Sunday

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