I predict a musical riot when the Kaiser Chiefs head for Westonbirt Arboretum this summer playing a mix of their chart hits and new songs from their forthcoming album.

Forest Live is a series of gigs run by the Forestry Commission to encourage more people to come to England's forests and woodlands to inspire an interest in wildlife and fauna conservation.

Lead singer of the indie rock band, Ricky Wilson, says that when they come to Tetbury on Friday, June 17 it will be a first for the band, as they have never played in a forest before.

"As a band we’ve always loved to play outdoors, we’ve done fields, parks, farms, rooftops, beaches and back gardens, but this will be the first time we’ve played in a forest. If you go down to the woods this summer, you’re sure of a big surprise. We’re really looking forward to being part of Forest Live,'' he said.

These days Ricky is known for sporting a waistcoat and check shirt and in 2006 he was awarded the NME Award for Best Dressed artist. Earlier this year Ricky appeared as a coach on BBC TV's The Voice. It was his singer, the former Liberty X member Kevin Simm, who went on to become the overall winner.

Ricky is joined in the Kaiser Chiefs by Andrew Whitey White, on guitar, Simon Rix, on bass, Nick Peanut Baines on keyboards and Vijay Mistry on drums. Kaiser Chiefs got together in the year 2000 in Leeds under the name of Parva, and signed a record deal, but when the Mantra label was closed they were dropped by the record company. The musicians found that more doors closed on them as word spread that the record company had let them go.

So the band reinvented themselves and chose the new name of Kaiser Chiefs, named after the South African Football Club. It was the first club of former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe. It proved a wise move as they won support slots on NME tours which kickstarted them right back into the musical fray. They were asked to open Bob Geldof's Live 8 Festival which was broadcast by satellite to every Live 8 venue around the world which gave them a huge boost, and performed to a full capacity 40,000 crowd at Ellund Road, the home of Leeds Utd.

In 2004 the single Oh My God shot into the UK charts at number six and it was swiftly followed by numerous hits including Ruby that made it to number one, I Predict A Riot followed their second album release in 2007 and in 2008 the guys performed Never Missed A Beat with Girls Allowed on their TV series.

Original drummer Nick Hodgson is reported to have sold his drum kit to David Letterman after they appeared on the Late Show. At the end of their performance at the Chicago House of Blues in 2012 Nick announced his departure from the band, and Vijay Mistry picked up his sticks.

The band were featured in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics playing Pinball Wizard by The Who.

The guys are currently working on their sixth studio album, due for release this summer, and the first single from the album is Falling Awake. The gig is sold out but for more details about Forest Live visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music - Flicky Harrison