Great big British guitar band Kasabian have surprised fans with a UK gig in none other than their born-and-bred Bristolian drummer’s hometown on 20 June.

Squeezing into the city’s O2 Academy – positively intimate compared with type of venues and arenas the band has become accustomed to playing over the years – fans of the indie rockers will see them warming up for their headline appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on 22 June. The band’s last album For Crying Out Loud, released in May 2017, was was generally well-received and produced some worthy tracks to add to the anthem-stacked setlist, such as Ill Ray, You’re In Love With A Psycho and Wasted – which will quite possibly be jostling with the likes of Clubfoot, Empire, Underdog and Fire to get gig-goers jumping on 20 June.

We imagine it will be an extra joyous show for Bristol drummer Ian Matthews, who will be celebrating his birthday the same day. Last year Serge Pizzorno suggested the band would be upping the ante for their 2018 live shows, to keep things interesting for those who have been to see them many times, so who knows what could potentially be in store…

It promises to be an unmissable date for stalwart Kasabian fans, with the chance to hear a mix of tracks both old and new from the band’s huge repertoire, up (comparatively) close and personal.

Image by Phil Knott