Kasabian have been added to the list of performers at the BBC Electric Proms. We only got the news yesterday and now that we've got round to bringing you the information, we hear that tickets for their gig have already sold out. Not bad for a 'not particularly well-known indie band'. God knows what would happen if a better-known band was added to the line-up; you'd probably have to travel back in time and book tickets before the band had even formed.
For what it's worth, Kasabian take to the Roundhouse stage on 28th October, and there'll be a limited number of £5 tickets available on the day. You'll have to sign up at the website on 23rd October to be in with a chance of getting those tickets but it's probably worth the hassle since Kasabian will be playing their hits with the assistance of the BBC Concert Orchestra. If they get the arrangement for the barn-storming single Empire right, they may well have a contender for gig of the year just on the basis of one song.
Also playing on 28th October with the BBC Concert Orchestra are Guillemots (that's them in the picture in case you thought Kasabian had changed image recently).
Taking place two nights before that gig, Peel Night reflects the spirit of the great man with an eclectic line-up which includes garage/punk outfit The Horrors and electronic pioneer Squarepusher. There will also be a special headline set from The Raconteurs featuring Jack White, whose other band The White Stripes was championed by Peel, and Brendan Benson, whose album The Alternative To Love was championed by us when we made it one of our top albums of 2005. Not that anyone's going to care about what we say compared to John Peel but we thought we'd give the man Benson a mention, lest he be sick of standing in White's shadow.
The Peel Night gig is sold out and we can't see any news of special tickets being available either. So either count yourself very lucky if you've already got tickets or line the touts' pockets if you're desperate enough.