“OH MY GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE IT ” KAISER CHIEFS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED TO PLAY HERE AT UTTOXETER RACECOURSE LIVE AFTER RACING
Kaiser Chiefs have announced they will play Uttoxeter Racecourse, in Staffordshire, on Saturday 20 May – and tickets on sale now from the Racecourse and TicketMaster.
The hugely successful English indie rock band from Leeds are currently one of the most popular live acts in the UK, and Uttoxeter Racecourse is expecting another sell out crowd for the latest edition of its annual Music Live Raceday.
Kaiser Chiefs formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming themselves later that same year. Primarily inspired by new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released six original studio albums.
Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold, and won the band three Brit wards – including the award for Best British Group; and an NME award for Best Album. It was also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
Their UK hit singles include “I Predict A Riot”, the 2007 UK number 1 hit “Ruby” from their platinum album Yours Truly, Angry Mob, plus a further two Top 20 singles in 2007 with “The Angry Mob” and “Everything Is Average Nowadays”. In 2008, they had a UK number 5 hit with the Post-Punk Revival track ”Never Miss A Beat”. Their album Education, Education, Education & War hit number one in the albums chart in 2014.
Confirmation of their appearance at here at Uttoxeter shows just how keen we are to build on the success of our previous Live Music Racedays, which have featured UB40, Texas and The Human League.
Executive Director of Uttoxeter Racecourse, David MacDonald, said, “We’ve been able to establish our Music Live Raceday as one of the premier live music events in The Midlands, and you could say that by managing to bring Kaiser Chiefs to Uttoxeter this year we’ve just turned-up the volume. We anticipate this event being a sell-out. And we’re already looking forward to it being one of the best days of our 2017 season.”
It’s now twelve years since “Oh My God” kickstarted an extraordinary run of hits that also includes “I Predict A Riot”, “Everyday I Love You Less And Less”, “Never Miss A Beat” and the Number One single “Ruby”. Mercury nominated debut album Employment propelled the band to three Brit Awards wins and its successor, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, went twice-platinum in the UK alone. Then, of course, came The Wobble, including the departure of founding member Nick Hodgson. The pop history books all warn us that this should have signposted the end of the band on a creative and commercial level; in 2012 the release of a greatest hits album, Souvenir, seemed to seal the deal.
“Most sane people would have given up,” Ricky Wilson, but in a chapter of the Kaiser Chiefs story that might as well be titled Escape From Indie Landfill, Ricky ensconced himself on primetime telly as a coach on The Voice. Shortly afterwards the band’s fifth album Education, Education, Education & War became their first Number One in seven years. When it did so, Ricky tweeted: “I love it when a plan comes together.” It’s tempting to place all the credit on Ricky’s increased UK media profile, but that doesn’t explain the album also becoming Kaiser Chiefs’ first Number One in New Zealand, and the highest-charting of their career in the US.
“We suddenly thought, wow, we weren’t dead weight after all,” adds Ricky. “It was about proving it to ourselves as much as to anyone else. Thinking about it now, that success was all about turning the boat around.”
Tickets for the Live Music Raceday featuring Kaiser Chiefs are NOW ON SALE from Racecourse or TicketMaster. Tickets priced at £42.50.
Early booker tickets no longer available.