Charities get early Christmas present from Leeds’s Kaiser Chiefs UPDATED

Ricky Wilson on stage as Kaiser Chiefs play the opening night of the O2 Academy Leeds in 2008.
Ricky Wilson on stage as Kaiser Chiefs play the opening night of the O2 Academy Leeds in 2008.
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LEEDS indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs are set to deliver an early Christmas present to two charities as well as their loyal army of hometown fans.

The Kaisers will be playing a one-off festive show at the O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday, December 10, it was announced today.

All profits from the concert will go to the CLIC Sargent cancer charity and Leeds Children’s Charity.

Dave Norman, director at Leeds Children’s Charity, which runs trips for needy kids to the Silverdale holiday centre near Morecambe, described the band’s support as “exciting and humbling”.

He added: “Kaiser Chiefs are doing something very special for the young people of Leeds in December and on behalf of Leeds Children’s Charity I would like to say thank you.”

CLIC Sargent’s Phil Day said: “We are hugely grateful to have been chosen by Kaiser Chiefs to benefit from the proceeds of this concert.

“The money raised will provide vital funds which will help us provide support for children and young people affected by cancer, and their families.”

Kaisers bassist Simon Rix has assisted CLIC Sargent in the past by mentoring cancer-hit young people during musical workshops designed to boost their self-confidence and expression.

He said: “I have seen first hand the great benefits that this charity’s work can have for the young people it works with.

“I’ve taken part in music workshops and it’s been a fantastic experience to see the positive effect on young people who have been through so much.”

Kaisers guitarist Andrew White took to Twitter today to say he couldn’t wait for the show while drummer Vijay Mistry tweeted that he was “proper excited”.

The gig will be a return to familiar territory for the band, who played the O2 Academy Leeds on its opening night in 2008.

Tickets for next month’s charity concert – which will feature as-yet-unnamed special guests – go on sale at 9am this Friday.

For further information, visit the www.o2academyleeds.co.uk website or ring the box office on 0844 477 2000.