Stepping into the O2 Guildhall, a mighty, easily recognisable guitar riff blasted through the venue like a shotgun. It was Kasabian kicking off the show with one of their biggest hits, ‘Clubfoot’.

One thing immediately struck me; Kasabian had the audience eating out of their hands in no time. The crowd were instantly hyped and why shouldn’t they be? People have been rocking and raving to Kasabian for almost two decades now. In that time, Kasabian have released six albums and scooped up an array of awards and nominations, whilst cementing its status as one of Britain’s most iconic modern rock bands.

This success has been powered by Kasabian’s ability to forge its own character of sound, in genres, such as indie and rock, that are oversaturated and difficult to sound original in. Kasabian’s production has always been creative, blending indie rock and electronic music specially to create their own identifiable sound, championed by powerful, recognisable vocals.

Kasabian were aiming for a more intimate feel with their latest UK tour, a concept which gave their Southampton performance a unique character. Their show had all the magnitude of a festival-headlining performance, worthy of the biggest arenas, but held in a smaller, more intimate venue that provided a more immersive experience, in which you totally appreciated Kasabian’s raw talent.

The people there were certainly immersed, I know I was. For every song, the crowd gave its all, passionately singing along whilst others raved. I don’t think this is only because they were Kasabian fans but because of Kasabian’s gifted ability for creating hit song after hit song, songs that the audience clearly knew and loved.

When a band can just turn off all their lights and not make a sound, but the cheers from the audience still get louder and louder, that is when you know that a band truly is loved.

Kasabian showed off their versatility too, with their tracks ranging from a pop rock ballad in the form of ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ to much heavier, mosh-inducing tracks such as ‘Switchblade Smiles’.

My personal favourite was ‘Vlad the Impaler’. The crowd’s energy was off the charts for that one and the band’s performance was just magnificent. Kasabian really showed off their rock credentials with that song and lead singer Sergio’s vocals were at their best.

You could tell the people’s favourite was ‘LSF’ however. Everyone sang their hearts out for it and at first 'LSF' seemed like a perfect track to end the show.

However, a ‘Kasabian’ performance wouldn’t be complete without ‘Fire’ would it? Kasabian performed arguably their most famous song as an unforgettable encore. It felt like the roof was literally about to be raised off by the crowd singing the most crucial bit of the song.

Hands down one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. If you missed Kasabian this time, then don’t worry; the band announced at the end of the gig that they intend to return to Southampton next year.