Kaiser Chiefs struck down with ‘highly contagious and rare virus’

Shows pulled due to illness in the band's touring party

Kaiser Chiefs have been forced to cancel their appearances at Spain’s Wintercase Tour this week due to a “highly contagious and rare virus”.

The band were due to kick off their stint on the travelling festival in Valencia tomorrow night (November 17) with The Tears and Clovis, before heading to Barcelona (18), Madrid (19) and Bilbao (20).

A statement from the band on their official website, kaiserchiefs.co.uk, said: “It’s with deep regret we have to cancel our planned gigs on the Wintercase Tour in Spain this week. These are the first shows in Kaiser Chiefs history we have cancelled.”

“The cancellation is caused by an outbreak a highly contagious and rare virus in our travel party. Unfortunately this has lead to enforced cancellation of all Kaiser Chiefs gigs this week until each of the band has the all-clear following medical tests.”

They added: “We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and hope you understand the strange circumstances that have lead to this. We hope it’s not too long before we have the chance to visit Spain again. We apologise for any disappointed Spanish fans and those of you that were travelling from anywhere else. We hope you still enjoy The Tears at these gigs.”