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Caption: Kasabian doing what they do best on stage at Rock am Ring in Germany
One of the UK’s biggest contemporary rock and roll bands are returning to the stage next year, with a UK-exclusive gig in their home city. Leicester rockers Kasabian will be appearing in the city’s Victoria Park on Saturday 20th June for a concert that’s been dubbed “Solstice II” by the band. That’s because Kasabian played Victoria Park back in June 2014 under the guise of “Summer Solstice 2014” prior to a headline set at Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage. The event went down so well that the boys are back in 2020 to blow the roof off Leicester once again.
Some 60,000 tickets were snapped up online for the show, which has been marketed as Kasabian’s only UK appearance in 2020, within 90 minutes. There were some confusion days after the sell-out of tickets when it was revealed that the concert’s organisers had not yet secured a permit for the show, with locals appealing to Leicester City Council to refuse the licence on the grounds of noise and general public disturbance. However, the uncertainty was eventually brushed aside when the licence was duly granted, albeit with restrictions on sound levels and a 10.30 pm curfew.
2019 has been a tranquil year for Kasabian, with the band taking a full 12 months off after the end of the worldwide tour of their most recent studio album, “For Crying Out Loud.” With the band living in each other’s pockets, it seemed a natural pause for a group that’s cemented its place in British rock royalty. Nevertheless, only a matter of months into 2019, it was confirmed by lead songwriter and guitarist Serge Pizzorno on social media that the lads had already started work on more music.
Downtime is not something that Kasabian do very well. In fact, in the 15 years since their formation, they have released six studio albums – roughly once every two-and-a-half years. When you factor in touring worldwide for each album release, it doesn’t leave much time to unwind. Most rock bands thrive on life on the road, but they need time to switch off from gigging too.
Back in their heyday, classic bands like The Eagles and Anthrax were famed for their poker home games on their tour buses to maintain their competitive streak. Of course, today, it’s more likely that bands would load up real-money poker games on their smartphones and dip in and out of cash games when they had some free time. Many modern-day rock stars also choose to take part in charity events to raise funds for good causes, like Soccer Aid and the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Kasabian’s very own Serge Pizzorno has performed on several occasions at Soccer Aid, scoring a spectacular goal at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Kasabian and various other bands like Oasis, Levellers, Take That and The Script have also raised thousands for the TCT.
Pizzorno himself has still been very busy in his home-based recording studio in Leicester, which is hilariously nicknamed “The Sergery”. Pizzorno released his debut solo album, under the moniker of “The S.L.P.,” standing for Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno. The album was one of the latest reviews in the business to be praised for its free and unique style, with an eclectic mix of trippy electro beats, high-octane Beastie Boys-esque rock and a healthy dose of R&B too. It’s an album that Pizzorno says was an “outlet” designed to explore the “extreme sides” of his personality. The self-titled LP reached number seven in the UK Albums Chart.