Kaiser Chiefs come home for Valentine’s gig in Leeds

FLASHBACK: Kaiser Chiefs at Leeds Arena in 2013.

FLASHBACK: Kaiser Chiefs at Leeds Arena in 2013.

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Home-grown talent the Kaiser Chiefs are heading to Leeds Arena this weekend to continue their love affair with the city as they make it a Valentine’s Day to remember.

The indie rockers will perform at London’s O2 Arena tonight before heading back to their home town of Leeds for a gig at the city’s £60million First Direct Arena.

But as well as causing a stir on stage, the Leeds rockers might also be having an impact on the local economy.

Fans are expected to travel from afar to catch a glimpse of their idols, with many snapping up rooms at some of the city’s hotels.

But experts predict it is already set to be a busy Valentine’s weekend for the hospitality sector, with many people snapping up rooms for the romantic occasion, which could cause problems for visitors trying to grab a last-minute room.

Last year the sector was stretched to its limit as every single hotel room in the Leeds area was booked out for the one-off Pearl Jam gig at the First Direct Arena.

A spokeswoman for the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association said: “The main thing is that Valentine’s Day has largely taken over this weekend and that been the main influx of bookings.”

Previously speaking about their upcoming gig, Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix said: “It’s a great time for the Leeds music scene. There’s a lot going on right now.

“We’re so happy to be able to play the new arena again.

“Nothing can match the support we get from the Yorkshire crowds.”

The rockers previously stepped on the Leeds arena stage just after it first opened in 2013.

Since then, Leeds’ First Direct Arena has hosted the likes of Sir Elton John, Michael Bublé, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart to name a few.

For more information about the arena, visit: www.firstdirectarena.com

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