|Run, Rock n Raise Feat. Kaiser Chiefs & Kodaline||NEWCASTLE|
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The Kaiser Chiefs have already been confirmed as one of the acts playing at the event, which will take place at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on the evening of the Great North Run on 11th September, supported by the Great Run Company.
Irish rock band Kodaline will also be performing as will local band Lisbon, with other acts to be announced in the coming months.
Run, Rock n Raise is in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and the Graham Wylie Foundation. All monies raised will stay in the region.
Launched by Graham Wylie, the founder of Sage and one of the North East’s best known entrepreneurs, the Graham Wylie Foundation is one of a rare few charities anywhere in the world to hand 100% of donations to deserving causes, with Graham meeting all running, staff and administration costs to ensure every single penny raised and donated goes to his aim of helping, inspiring and educating children across the region.
Angie Jenkison, the Graham Wylie Foundation’s chief executive, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching Run, Rock n Raise in the North East on Great North Run day.
“This is a major coup for the region and will see some of the UK’s leading musicians and bands arrive on Tyneside. It will also be our first major fundraising event for the Foundation which we hope to establish annually. I’m delighted to partner with the Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins for this exciting initiative, in what will be a ground-breaking event for the Graham Wylie Foundation.”
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson will be starting the run and taking part for the first time; featuring on the BBC coverage on the start line and a big part of the day.
Ricky Wilson, said: “We can’t wait to come up to Newcastle to support such deserving causes. The North East is always a special place to perform, the crowd is always amazing and it’s impossible not to feel energised when the audience is so fantastic, even if you have just run half a marathon.”
Great North Run founder Brendan Foster, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ricky to join us at the Great North Run. It’s fantastic our entrants will get the first opportunity to join the party, and we hope many of them will get behind this fantastic cause.”
Kaiser Chiefsstars, from 10 Fan reports
Leeds - first direct arena
Great night from Paul, 17/02/15Really impressed with venue. Paid extra for the luxury experience as a present for my wife. Warm greeting from staff and nice touch with welcome glass of bubbly. Great to be able to relax in comfortable seated area before gig, meal provided was good. Arena layout very good and great view from seats, entrance/exit really good. Great that experience allows you to go back into lounge at end of show to give time for crowd to disperse. Now to the band, Chiefs were great again, really got crowd going and lighting/effects very good. Would recommend paying extra for the experience.
Leeds - first direct arena
Entertaining and Creative but ruined by support from Jo WW, 16/02/15Really took some getting into following the support act hence the good rating. They kind of set the mood for me and it wasnt a good one, I wasnt expecting anything overly special but words cannot describe how annoying & repetative they were with some weird computerised/monotone voice intended to replicate old fashioned radio/tv broadcasting, had they at least made the effort to involve the crowd personally by actual speaking themselves or attempting vocals themselves it would have been a little more bearable. I was actually at the point where I just wanted to walk out. Once the Kaiser Chiefs came on it took me sometime for my ears to recover from the support act and my mood to lift. With the Kaisers one or two performaces and involving crowds were almost identical to when I saw them at a festival last year which was a bit predictable from my point of view. The sound and lighting was really good and obviously the songs themselves were performed brilliantly as expected, I also liked the creativity towards the end with the mock backstage roasting. The atmosphere when I predict a riot came on made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Leeds - Leeds arena
Great energy from Suecashier, 16/02/15Venue easy to find. Support act werent my cup of tea, but others with me enjoyed them. Ricky Wilson full of energy (and easy on the eye). Stairs to get up to row P on second floor were quite steep. We had to come down them before the band finished to avoid getting squashed on the way down with our 10 year old. Only disappointment was the guy smoking the e-cigarette next to me. I thought they werent allowed but there was no way to report it. Wembley have a number you can text for antisocial behaviour. Could do with one of those in the arena.