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The Kaiser Chiefs

With anthemic tracks including Ruby and I Predict A Riot in their arsenal, not to mention three Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello for Album of The Year, the summer music festival season wouldn’t be the same without the Kaiser Chiefs. Fronted by the effervescent Ricky Wilson, the Kaiser Chiefs have played to thousands at Glastonbury, toured with U2 and the Foo Fighters and this year the ‘kings of Leeds’ are heading to the idyllic gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to headline the Live At Chelsea concerts.

“It’s always exciting to play a different type of place and we’re really looking forward to it,” explains bassist Simon Rix.

The band will take to the stage at the Royal Hospital on 14 June as the open-air Live At Chelsea Concert Series returns for its fourth year.

“We’re usually gigging all the time but we are right in the middle of making a new album at the moment. Playing live is our favourite thing about being in a band so we can’t wait to get out there this summer. “Our best albums are made when we are still playing live, so we keep in mind the gig element and how it sounds when we’re on stage in front of a crowd. We’ve been writing our new tracks in Leeds so this summer we’ll write during the week and plan to mainly gig at weekends.”

Formed in Leeds in 2000, the band has certainly stayed the course. Their last album had more of a pop sound that somewhat divided fans but the band’s new record sounds like it will be Kasiers through and through.

“To be totally honest, we find writing pretty easy so sometimes we try and do different things and go off on a tangent like with the last album, but we have fans who love our band and it’s important to give them what they want. The new record is very much keeping to the identity and the DNA of the Kaiser Chiefs. ”

With six original studio albums including their Mercury-nominated debut, Employment, which sold over two million copies, its follow up, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which went twiceplatinum and Education Education Education and War, which entered the UK album charts at number one, is it hard to work out a set list?

“We’ll play some of the new album that we are working on and the older tracks everyone knows. We’ve got fans that have literally grown up with us.”

This year, the other headline acts for Live At Chelsea are Grammy-award winning guitarist Jeff Beck on 15 June, James Blunt on 16 June, and the series is topped off with Andrew Lloyd Webber - A Musical Celebration on Sunday 18 June. The concert will celebrate the work of Lloyd Webber with performances from stars including Mica Paris and Joe McElderry accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. A portion of the ticket sales for Live At Chelsea is donated to the Chelsea Pensioners and the Grade I listed site, which has provided care and comradeship to ex-military personnel since 1682 when it was founded by King Charles II.

The festival spirit of Live At Chelsea is sure to be a great fit for the band. “It’ll be great to get out and gig again,” explains Simon Rix. “Even when we first started we had a big range of ages in our audience, which is cool. Now people who came to see the Kaiser Chiefs for their first gig as teenagers are coming with their own families.”

Tickets cost £45 to £55. See www.liveatchelsea.com & www.myticket.co.uk