British rockers Kaiser Chiefs have cancelled a string of tour dates in Spain after a highly contageous virus spread among their travelling party.

The I PREDICT A RIOT hitmakers, who are awaiting the results of indepth medical examinations, were due to perform alongside The Tears and CLOVIS as part of the Wintercase tour this weekend (begs19NOV05).

The RICKY WILSON-fronted band promises to return to Spanish cities Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and Bilbao as soon as possible.

A statement on the band's website reads: "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 contageous 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. 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."