News has broken that famed indie rock Kasabian has parted ways with their frontman Tom Meighan.
The singer, who helped the band become one of the most defining act’s of the last two decades, has left the group by ‘mutual consent’ in a supremely surprising turn of events. Given the news, we are remembering the moment that Kasabian climbed to the top of British music when they headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 2014 and cemented their legacy as an iconic band.
With fans expecting new music from the band later this year, the development arrives as a major shock after it was announced by the Leicester group that they have parted. The statement read: “Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track”.
Reflecting on their high points with Meighan fronting the band, we’re stepping back to 2014 to revisit their headline set at Glastonbury—an occasion which was 17-years in the making since they formed as teenagers back in 1997. Kasabian’s steady incline to critical acclaim was built on the foundations of their self-debut album which garnered international attention in 2004 before quickly becoming one of the most adored group’s that Britain has created since the turn of the Millenium.
Their coronation on the Pyramid Stage came just weeks after the band secured their fourth-consecutive number one album with 48:13 in 2014 and captured the band truly at their pinnacle, Meighan leading the group through a decade-spanning set which concluded in the most emphatic style with a glorious mash-up of Fatboy slim’s ‘Praise You’ and ‘L.S.F.’.
Kasabian’s headline show was the stand-out moment of the weekend’s events at Worthy Farm and saw the band land a nomination for ‘Best Headline Performance’ at the UK Festival Award’s for it. At one point during the set, Meighan recalled their history with the festival and how their crowning moment was a long time coming: “Ten years ago, we opened the Other Stage, when I was just 23,” he said, before adding: “Thank you for this, Glastonbury. So much respect.”
With a reported attendance of over 100,000 in the field to watch the performance, Kasabian delivered a show that will forever live in the history books of the most illustrious festival on planet earth. Their 20-song set which also featured a cameo from Noel Fielding and a cover of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley proved that they could put on a live show that was up there with the best to have ever graced the hallowed Pyramid Stage.
The mix of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ into ‘L.S.F’ showcased everything great about Kasabian’s brand of mixing the best elements from rave culture and rock. During this performance, you can see as the smiles beam across all of the bandmate’s faces that they are on the top of the world and loving every single moment of their historic set.
The Leicester band take a bow in unison at the end of this blistering nine-minute mash-up which a bow tie-wearing Meighan leads them through in the most phenomenal style and proves just how much of a once in a generation talent of a frontman he truly is.
See the clip, below.