Kaiser Chiefs are coming home to Leeds

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Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs are set to continue their love affair with Leeds when they make a Valentine’s date at their home city’s First Direct Arena next year.

The Kaisers today announced that they will be appearing at the £60m arena on Saturday, February 14.

Their show will follow another newly-confirmed concert at London’s massive O2 Arena the previous night.

And the band are already looking forward to their return to the Leeds arena, having played there during its opening season last year.

Kaisers 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 scale of next year’s Leeds and London shows underlines the recent resurgence in the fortunes of the Kaisers.

Their fifth album - entitled Education, Education, Education & War – enjoyed two weeks at number one after its release at the end of March.

Frontman Ricky Wilson, meanwhile, won acclaim for his role as a mentor on the last series of TV singing competition The Voice.

The Kaisers have played a string of memorable gigs in Leeds down the years, at venues including Millennium Square, Kirkstall Abbey and Elland Road.

Tickets for the First Direct Arena show go on sale at 9am this Friday.

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