Teenage Cancer Trust has just announced the line-up to its 11th annual week of music and comedy gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.
The highlight for Who fans will be a special performance on Thursday 24 March by Roger Daltrey of The Who’s 1969 rock opera TOMMY. Roger will also perform early hits including material from LIVE AT LEEDS. The album of TOMMY by The Who has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for ‘historical, artistic and significant’ value.
This year’s shows kick off with an evening of comedy on Monday 21 March, featuring Liverpudlian stand-up and comedy award winner, John Bishop, Edinburgh festival favourites and TV regulars Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies, plus special guests.
On Tuesday 22 March, Squeeze will mark the 30th anniversary of their seminal album East Side Story in true South East London style. Since reuniting in 2007, Squeeze have undertaken 4 sold out tours of the US and UK and have become firm festival favourites with hits like Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats. Special guests will include long-time friends and collaborators, The Feeling. Watch out for some surprise guests too.
Fresh from a February tour of the US and Canada, Scottish rock trio and Brit Award nominees Biffy Clyro will play their first UK date of 2011 on Wednesday 23 March.
On Friday 25 March, Liam Gallagher (ex-Oasis) will perform with his new band Beady Eye.
On Saturday 26 March, Editors will perform their first 2011 live gig, ahead of co-headlining Spain’s SOS 4.8 festival with Suede at the end of April.
MOBO Award winning rapper Tinie Tempah will play the grand finale on Sunday 27 March. The breakout star of 2010, the most nominated artist at this year’s Brit Awards, will play hits from number one album Disc-Overy, which includes chart topping singles Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Frisky and Miami 2 Ibiza.
“These gigs have raised nearly £10 million in 10 years,” says longstanding Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey CBE. “They make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people with cancer. We’ve had both legends and rising stars play for Teenage Cancer Trust over the years and 2011 is no different. I’m truly grateful to everyone for their support.”
“Music plays a huge role in most young people’s lives,” says Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, “whatever they are going through, and it’s a big part of Teenage Cancer Trust. We’re immensely proud of these gigs, which help us raise the money we need to give young people with cancer access to the best possible care and professional support.”
Monday 21 March: An evening of comedy with John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies
Tuesday 22 March: Squeeze and The Feeling
Wednesday 23 March: Biffy Clyro
Thursday 24 March: Roger Daltrey CBE performs The Who’s Tommy
Friday 25 March: Beady Eye
Saturday 26 March: Editors
Sunday 27 March: Tinie Tempah
Support acts will be announced in due course.
There will be a limited amount of tickets available to fan club members via a presale. All ticketing details will be confirmed very soon.
Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall are supported this year by Nomura and American Airlines. Nomura, the global investment bank, supports Teenage Cancer Trust as its London charity and has raised over £800,000 in under two years. American Airlines will be providing transatlantic flights for the show’s artists.
Every day six young people in the UK are told they have cancer. Usually placed on a children’s ward or with elderly patients, young people often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis, never meeting another young person going through the same thing. Teenage Cancer Trust believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer. So we fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals that allow young people to be treated together with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.
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