An Interview With: Kasabian at The IOW Festival

From pre-gig rituals to who they would choose as their get-away driver, Tom and Serge from Kasabian take a moment backstage to chat at this year’s 50th-Anniversary festival… [article by ‘Frida’, interview by Dave Berry, Absolute Radio]

Kasabian playing their set at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday.

Art Today caught up with Absolute Radio and Kasabian’s Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno at the Isle of Wight Festival this week…

What did the band think of seeing their band named on the IOW festival’s 50th Anniversary posters?

Serge:-  They’re quite iconic these posters, I don’t know who the designer is but they’re sort of renowned pieces of rock history, the Hendrix one, The Doors one –  it’s the 50th anniversary!  We take each gig as it comes, we just focus our energy into it. The new album was written in mind of standing in front of 50,000 people you know Ill Ray, God Bless This Acid House…..they were tunes for this moment.

Tom:-  We tend not to try to expect anything too much to a point where you fear the venue you just try and dismantle it as quickly as possible.

The 50th-Anniversary Isle of Wight Festival line-up poster. Kasabian’s Tom and Serge were proud to be named on such iconic artwork.

What are your pre-gig rituals?

Tom:-  The rules are – half an hour is perfect…a bit of music and you get that kind of anxiety which boils up, like a butterfly feeling and then you’re kinda like…. let’s go!

Serge:-  It’s calmed down a bit. In the past Tom’s gone, I feel like I’ve done a gig already you know like dancing around!  I think it’s the way we express ourselves, you know what I mean it’s like that how we do it, that’s our thing that’s what we do. We have to get in mode before we get out on the stage.

Who would be your ideal get-away driver out of Kasabian super-fan – Peter Crouch – or Liam Gallagher?

Tom:-  I mean they’re both pretty calm I’ve gotta say, having spent a fair bit of time with both of them late on into a night. But I’d probably say Crouchy, just because… as a kid he watched a lot of The Bill so he knows how to get in cops heads.

If your suitcase got stolen before your performance at a festival, who would you pick from – the wardrobe of Shaun Ryder, Robbie Williams or the Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire?

Tom:-  I’d say Nicky Wire.  Robbie Williams looks like he has borrowed his from Justin Bieber, he looks like all his hoodies are way too small, I don’t know what he’s thinking man.  Yeah weird. He looks alright in a suit but…

To watch the full interview with Kasabian and Dave Berry, go to


[Credits:  Absolute Radio Press Office; DawBell Productions (IOW Festival 2018 PR)]


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