We predict a riot of cultural riches! Kaiser Chiefs get behind #Leeds2023 bid

The Kaiser Chiefs.
The Kaiser Chiefs.
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They have wowed crowds across the continent, playing gigs in some of Europe’s biggest cities.

But today, Leeds’s own megastar rockers The Kaiser Chiefs are shouting loud and proud for their home city.

The chart-topping band have added their voices to the chorus of support for the city’s European Capital of Culture 2023 bid.

The Kaiser Chiefs started out playing gigs in Leeds’s local pubs, but have gone on to sell millions of records, and sell-out venues worldwide.

The band paid tribute to the city’s thriving live music scene ahead of the Leeds 2023 bid deadline in October.

Simon Rix, the band’s bass player, said: “Winning the Capital of Culture bid would be great for everyone as it would put a spotlight on the city, boost the arts and music output, and that would encourage more visitors.

“We’d love to see the smaller venues and project spaces flourish. These places are run by passionate people who want to see young talent coming through, and to do whatever they can to support it”.

Mr Rix said part of the success of the band, which originally formed in 2000 under the name Parva, was down to Leeds’ live music community.

He added: “We used to go into Leeds any night of the week just to be around live music, and to check out local and touring bands to soak it all up. It was a real hub of creativity.

“What’s good about Leeds is that it’s big enough that there’s lots going on, but also small enough that you can get involved easily, and really be a part of the music community. You can always find people who can and want to help you”.

The Kaiser chiefs have pledged to support the 2023 bid by spreading the word on social media.

To get involved, use the hashtag #makeleeds2023.