A Boost with Kaiser Chiefs

A short while ago I noticed a competition on Twitter being run by the lovely people at Boost Energy Drinks!  The competition was for two tickets to see Kaiser Chiefs at the Leeds First Direct Arena on the 13th September.  To enter the contest all I had to do was change the name of a Kaiser Chief’s song by swapping out one of the words for the word Boost!  Being a huge Kaiser Chiefs fan, I decided it was worth a go.  At first I thought of ‘I Boost a Riot’ (I predict a Riot) but wasn’t happy that it would give me a good enough chance.  In the end I changed ‘Addicted to Drugs’ to ‘Addicted to Boost’.    After entering I actually forgot about the competition and went about my business.

On the 10th September I noticed a mention pop up on Twitter.  I was a little shocked and had to read it a number of times:

Boost Drinks ‏@Boost_Drinks

Congrats to @mcweasel01 and @LacunaRaven!

You’ve both won ticket to see the

@KaiserChiefs @LeedsArena this Friday – nice one!

To say I was excited is an understatement.  My husband and I have been Kaiser Chief fans since the first time we heard them.  Unfortunately, due to my health and other factors, we had never had the opportunity to see them in concert before.  We have their albums and even had some of their songs played at our weeding reception!

I received a direct message asking for my email address and phone number, which I gladly handed over and then I waited.

I received a phone call from the lovely Jess at Boost asking who I would be taking with me, so the name could go on the ticket.  I said Mick, of course and asked if we would need to pick the tickets up from the arena on the night.  Jess replied, ‘Oh no, I will be meeting you at the VIP entrance with your tickets.’ I was a touch shocked as I honestly thought I had just won standard tickets. VIP!!  I wondered what that meant but tried to act all cool, I don’t think I achieved this by the way.

I later received an email from Jess detailing the night and included the terms & conditions.  This is where I started to lose my marbles.  The email stated that we would gain VIP entrance and be served food and champaign on arrival.  I’m thinking, this is amazing!!  What a prize, I am so lucky!! Jess even asked if we had any dietary requirements, awkwardly I replied about having Coeliac’s and was assured not to worry it would be taken care of!  I opened up the T&C’s and found that not only had I been lucky enough to win this fantastic experience, but that we would be watching the gig from a private suite!!!

OH MY WORD!!!

I am going to post separately about my outfit, shoes and bag as I am already aware of how much I am rambling.

I was so excited and on the day of the gig spent ages getting ready.  To be fair, I was very nervous.  Going out is a big deal for me with my health, I panic and worry that I will ruin everyone’s night by falling or being unwell, not to mention my confidence.  I was wearing a new dress, shoes, taking my new bag on it’s first outing and had a lovely new coat.  My make over was in full swing and taking it’s first real footsteps into the world.

My parents agreed to look after the poorly pooch and Dad offered to drop us at the venue, so we didn’t have to worry about parking and so on.  On arrival at the Arena we were impressed.  Please have a look at the First Direct Arena website at some of the images, the architecture is interesting and at night the whole building is lit up.  I forgot to photograph it in my excitement!

Not sure of the right entrance, we attempted to go into the wrong one and was told, ‘Oh no you need the nice posh door’.  Mick and I looked at each other, still in disbelief we were here and wanting to laugh out at the luck we seemed to be having.  We were escorted around the side and entered a foyer that was a kin to a posh hotel!  Sleek, black marble, elegant and very luxurious.  Here, we were presented our tickets and the whole thing suddenly became real!!

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We were led into an elevator and arrived at a long balcony, directed along to Suite 19.  We felt like idiots, it is safe to safe, do we just go in? Do we knock? Unsure so we asked – can you tell we had never experienced anything like this before?

We were met on the other side of the door by the lovely Jess and Rachel from Boost!  So nice and friendly, we both immediately felt at ease.  I must have seemed like a gormless child, I was so excited by the whole experience and anyone who knows me, knows I can talk for England!

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Rachel is on the left and Jess on the right.

We were served Champaign on arrival, acquainted with the suite and told to just enjoy!  The gorgeous Boost ladies were so kind, I had a great time chatting with them and having a drink! I could not thank them enough and the rest of Boost Drinks for such an amazing night!

The suite it self was beyond sweet! (See what I did there?)

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It honestly felt like being at home, comfortable and relaxing.  Plenty of seating and room for people to move around.  We shared the suite with two other couples who had also won.  They were also delightful to meet and made the evening that much more special!

Champaign and nibbles, well I say nibbles, the staff at the arena actually brought me up a large plate of ‘gluten free’ food, just to make sure I had enough to eat.

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Both were delicious!

We also had a really good view of the stage, with absolutely no chance of the tall fellow with the top hat, standing or sitting in front of you.  this always happens to me!

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The first band up were Teleman.  I really enjoyed their laid back, vintage vibe that had a modern twist.  everyone in our Suite were commenting on how easy to listen to they were and how much they enjoyed their music.  I was disappointed to hear they haven’t yet got an album, but hopefully this wont be too long to wait for!

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Second on the bill were Pulled Apart By Horses.  Again really enjoyable and good to watch, however a completely different sound to Teleman.  Much heavier and more of a cross between Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.  It was brilliant to find a second decent band supporting the main act!  They engaged the crowd and you could tell they had a few die hard fans in the mosh pit below us!

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Then it was time.  The excitement was literally flickering through the air as the atmosphere built up and everyone awaited Kaiser Chiefs.

The arena went dark, the crowd became like a single living organism, cheering and shouting, clapping and bouncing and then the stage came to life.

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Shadows behind a brightly lit curtain, draped over the stage with Kaiser Chiefs emblazoned across the top.  It signalled the arrival of the band we had all come to see, the band I had been lucky enough to win tickets for!

It was immense.  no words can truly describe the atmosphere.  Fans from all walks of life were there, young and old, each and everyone of them singing along to the songs we know and love.  Ecstatic at hearing the new numbers and just generally having the most amazing time!

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From Ruby, to I predict a Riot, there was nothing to disappoint!

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The band sound as good, if not better live as they do on their CDs.

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They spoke to the crowd and got us all involved in every aspect of the gig, making it that much more special! Kaiser Chief’s energy knew no bounds and the crowd were happy to match it!

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Even from our box we could feel the electricity in the air when the first few bars of our favourite songs started.  I couldn’t have been more pleased when they came back on for an encore and performed for another twenty minutes.

All in all we had a fantastic time!  We heard some fabulous new songs by the band and can’t wait for the next instalment of their journey!  We heard two new bands that excited us and to top it all we were treated like royalty!

I honestly can not thank Boost Energy Drinks, Jess or Rachel enough for this incredible experience.  It really was a once in a lifetime chance to experience how the other half live when they go to gigs!  I was also thrilled to be able to try Boost Citrus and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Seriously, i sent hubby out the next day to hunt down some for me.  Unfortunately, we have only been able to get Boost Cola, which is delicious, but have requested the shop stock Citrus as I loved the flavour!

I am still bubbling with excitement and finding it hard to believe that I was truly lucky enough to have this experience.  It is quite a feeling and I hope that every time I think about this unbelievable night, I feel like this!

Thank you so much to Boost and thank you to all of your for reading my post, I appreciate your time and hope that you enjoyed it!

Have a great day everyone!

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