Kasabian played secret gig in a Boeing 747 in an airfield outside their home city of Leicester tonight (September 5).
The ballot only show for 100 fans was announced this afternoon, with guests told to arrive a pick up point in Leicester city centre.
Surprised guests were taken on a mystery tour to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome near the Leicestershire town of Lutterworth where hog roast and drinks were provided before boarding.
Kasabian played a full set from their two previous albums and aired new material from their forthcoming album Velociraptor inclduing the previously unheard Rewired, but ignored their first album.
Many of the 200 guests were on Facebook and Twitter saying it was awesome and the gig of their lives.
Another gig goer said: “As a devoted disliker of Kasabian I have to actually admit….. That was fucking awesome.”
There was a news blackout while on board the hollowed out 747 which is unable to fly, and makes up part of Brutingthorpe’s collection of museum aircraft.
Kasabian embark on a huge uk arena tour starting in November.
Brighton Centre (November 28)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (30)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (December 2)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (3)
Liverpool Echo Arena (4)
Birmingham NIA (6)
Manchester Evening News Arena (7)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (8)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (10)
Glasgow SECC (11)
Aberdeen AECC (12)
London O2 Arena (14)
London O2 Arena (15)
The Leicester five piece release their fourth album Velociraptor on 19 September, 2011 and can be pre-ordered from iTunes.
PIAS expect to be delivering for key labels next week as part of Sony DADC Business Continuity Plan which was actioned following the blaze at their Enfield distribution centre.
A temporary distribution partner has been found although Domino Records have already announced some releases such as Arctic Monkeys’ ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalala’ will now be download only.
PIAS released a second official statement outlining some of their emergency contingency plans.
“Latest update – Sony DADC have actioned their Business Continuity Plan and are back up and running from a new control room in Enfield. PIAS continue to work with them to minimise the impact on the business, a number one priority for all labels and clients. SonyDADC have identified a temporary distribution partner and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week.
“This follows an earlier statement regarding a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse, which services the physical distribution for PIAS in the UK and Ireland. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners.”
The earlier statement read:
“There was a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for PIAS in the UK and Ireland. PIAS is working closely with SonyDADC who are implementing their emergency plans. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners.”
The site is unsurprisingly down so hopefully this helps.
A fundraiser for the labels who have lost their stock and livelihods has been set up, you can donate below. (Please note The Guild is not part and is not connected with the organisation of this funtraising page.)
Further statements from labels affected below:
Turnstile Records, released this statement: “A huge blow. Fatal in the cases of some labels whose whole stock and source of income has been destroyed. And for others a massive massive headache in facing weeks of uncertainty while the true cost of lost stock and temporary collapse of distribution system is calculated.”
Rob Da Bank’s label, Sunday Best released, a statment saying: “We know Pias are insured so hopefully in terms of getting restocked we can all do that, although I can’t say for definite right now if that will happen. It won’t ruin us as a business, but it will be a problem for labels who need stock to sell to keep them going… You look at the roll call of labels on Pias and they’re some of the most important indie labels in the world. I just wish these people realised it was music they were destroying, and it’s not helping anyone.”
A fundraiser for the labels who have lost their stock and livelihods has been set up, you can donate below.
Plans for a PIAS fundraiser are being organised by @fionachadd. Follow her and get involved in helping the labels affected.