Kasabian prove they're no dinosaurs by unleashing Velociraptor! 2011 UK tour - tickets on sale Friday 2nd September

Posted: 25th August 2011

One of Leicester's many cultural exports will be swaggering back on stage for some full-on arena/stadium action during the autumn, and I don't mean Gary Lineker crooning in a tracksuit (with crisps) or a joint charity tour between Showaddywaddy and The Young Knives (although the possibilities for that last one seem oddly attractive).

No folks - Kasabian are back and they've gone all Jurassic Park on us. New album "Velociraptor!" has been named after the particularly vicious genus of dinosaur familiar to audiences of the '90s blockbuster-series of films by Steven Spielberg. They were the nippy, snappy and hungry critters with long powerful legs, itty-bitty arms (with huge claws, mind) and choppers that would probably eat a real subway, not just a Bolognese seeded-baguette for lunch. Considering Kasabian's intensely-pulsating stadium power-rock, they've scored a hat-trick with that album title.

New song, "Switchblade Smiles", was recently offered as a download on their website. The entire album will get a release on 19th September and will include 11 songs including the recently-aired radio-track, "Days Are Forgotten", plus an extra live DVD that reads like a greatest hits show.

Live shows will follow the album in November when the band undertake several arena shows, starting with Brighton on 28th November, followed by Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool and several more until rounding the whole thing off at London 's O2 Arena on 14th December. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Friday 2nd September, costing £32.50 for London, £30 elsewhere - we reckon these will sell out pretty quickly.

Paul Pledger