Basement Jaxx to play Leicester gig at O2 Academy in support of Leicester Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal

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Grammy and Brit award-winners to perform exclusive DJ set on May 10
Basement Jaxx to play Leicester gig at O2 Academy in support of Leicester Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal

Basement Jaxx, photographed by Andrew Whitton.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 April 2012

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Dance giants Basement Jaxx will play an exclusive DJ set on May 10 at Leicester’s O2 Academy to support the University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Research Centre appeal, with all funds raised from ticket sales going directly towards the new unit at Glenfield Hospital.

Members Simon Ratcliffe and Leicester-born Felix Buxton are currently working on the follow up to their 2009 albums “Scars” & “Zephyr”, and fans will be able to catch a preview of new Basement Jaxx material during their headline set.

The London-based duo, who have won Grammy and Brit awards, will be supported by dubstep producer Boy Kid Cloud and Leicester-based rising stars I Am In Love.

All of the artists will be performing for free to help support the appeal, which aims to raise the final £1 million needed to complete and equip a new £12.6m Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Glenfield Hospital, the regional centre for secondary and specialist cardiac care.

The event has been organised by the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office in collaboration with the Students’ Union and the O2 Academy.

The idea was suggested by Felix’s uncle Hugh Stevenson, a member of the University’s Development Board.

Ave Vinick, Deputy Director of Development at the University, said: “We are very grateful to Basement Jaxx for offering to come to Leicester and perform on behalf of the Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal. 

“Their support and that of their fans will speed the pace of research into heart disease and help to improve the health and life expectation of patients in communities in Leicestershire, across the UK and worldwide.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at:



The Cardiovascular Research Centre appeal has already attracted major funding from a number of organisations, including the British Heart Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and the Edith Murphy Foundation together with the generous support of the Leicester public, local groups and associations and several individual major donors. 

The four-floor Cardiovascular Research Centre is due to open in 2012 and will double the size of existing laboratory space and include specialised equipment to scale up research and translate research into new treatments for patients more quickly.

Report by Mark Cardwell

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