Glastonbury secret act confirmed to be huge 00s rock group

Glastonbury secret act confirmed to be huge 00s rock group

Kasabian have confirmed they will be performing at Glastonbury 2024 in the festival’s surprise set slot.

The rock band, comprised of Sergio Pizzorno, Tim Carter, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews, have not performed at Worthy Farm since the departure of their frontman Tom Meighan in 2020.

Known for hits including “Fire” and “Clubfoot”, Kasabian will play on the Woodsies stage at 6pm on Saturday (29 June)   – a slot that was previously left mysteriously “to be announced”.

Confirming themselves to be this year’s secret Glastonbury act, Kasabian shared an image of a mock newspaper front page that read “Woodsies news flash. It’s happening!” to Instagram.

Kasabian’s performance comes ahead of the release of their eighth studio album “Happenings” on July 5. “It’s happening! See you 6pm at Woodsies,” they told their followers of the secret set.

The rock group’s former frontman Tom Meighan was sacked from Kasabian in 2020 after he was convicted of assaulting his fiancée Vikki Ager.

He left the band one day before appearing in court to plead guilty to assaulting Ager, his partner of four years.

Meighan was sentenced to community service in July 2020 after a court was told he hit Ager in the face, shoved her up against a hamster cage, pushed her over repeatedly, held her by the throat and threatened her with a wooden pallet during the assault on 9 April of that year.

Footage of the incident showed an inebriated Meighan striking Ager and dragging her by the ankles into the back garden of their home. The prosecutor said the attack was witnessed by a child, who called 999, sounding “panicked and afraid”. Meighan and Ager stayed together after the incident and are now married.

In a new interview with Clash magazine, Pizzorno has discussed going from chief songwriter to frontman.

Kasabian have confirmed they are the Glastonbury 2024 surprise act (Columbia)
Kasabian have confirmed they are the Glastonbury 2024 surprise act (Columbia)

“I needed to step up,” he said. “And then once I made that choice with the boys, then it was just a matter of me committing and trying to do it. I only know one way of going about things. I try to look at things differently and try to make choices that aren’t the most obvious.

“I knew that I wouldn’t just be playing guitar and sort of having a go and singing a few songs… If I was going to do it, then I was going to learn, and learn every day, and carry on learning for the rest of the time that I’m up there doing it… they’re my words, every single word means so much.”

He added: “I just thought, when I’m on stage, I’m just going to become the crowd, and get up there on that stage, and give it everything I’ve got…. It’s been a life-changing, crazy experience.”