Teenage Cancer Trust today announces an exclusive line-up of music and comedy to launch its ninth year of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall. The charity’s annual shows at one of London’s most iconic venues are some of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the music calendar.
The 2009 shows kick-off on Tuesday 24th March with an evening featuring critically acclaimed artists. Mercury prize winning Antony & The Johnsons, hot off the heels of celebrated album “The Crying Light”, will be joined by Brits Critics choice winners Florence and the Machine.
The Stereophonics will take to the stage on Thursday night (26th March). Lead singer Kelly Jones has been an inspirational supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust since he joined The Who onstage to perform a storming version of “Substitute” at the very first Teenage Cancer Trust gig back in 2000.
On Friday 27th March, one of Britain’s hottest bands, Kasabian, will perform their first London show since recording their hotly tipped new album due for release in June. Kasabian will return to the Royal Albert Hall to perform for the second time for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Kasabian lead singer, Tom Meighan says “It’s great we can continue to support Teenage Cancer Trust and help them make a difference. We were inspired after meeting some of the teenagers with cancer at our gigs last year and it really made us want to do more for the charity.”
To bring the week of gigs to a close, comedy duo Mathew Horne and James Corden from Bafta winning sitcom, Gavin and Stacey, will host an Evening of Comedy. Hot property, Horne and Corden, are due to present the Brits later this month and launch their much anticipated new sketch show due to be aired on BBC3. This exclusive show for Teenage Cancer Trust, on Sunday March 29th, will be one of the first live performances following the airing of the new series.
The brainchild of The Who’s, Roger Daltrey CBE, the renowned gigs raise money to help the charity provide the best possible care and support for young people with cancer.
Announcing the 2009 line-up, Roger Daltrey, Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “At a time when your body is changing, your social life is everything and you’re still trying to figure out who you are, getting cancer can seem like an impossible blow to take. But thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust, thousands of teenagers are taking it, and coming out fighting.
“Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall raises essential funds to support the charity’s work. There will be 7 completely new units built between now and the end of 2009. Everything about these specialist units has been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. So show your support by coming to one the gigs or by making a donation.”
Ticketing information is as follows:
• Tuesday 24 March 2009: Antony and the Johnsons with Florence and the Machine
• Thursday 26 March 2009: Stereophonics plus special guests
• Friday 27 March 2009: Kasabian plus special guests
• Sunday 29 March 2009: An evening of comedy hosted by Mathew Horne and James Corden
More acts to be announced – check www.teenagecancertrust.org for details.
Tickets onsale Friday 13th February at 10am.
Tickets are available from the following outlets:
• Teenage Cancer Trust: www.teenagecancertrust.org 0871 231 0836
• The Royal Albert Hall: www.royalalberthall.com 0845 401 5030
Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are indebted to Roger Daltrey CBE for the work he does year on year for Teenage Cancer Trust and for helping us to secure the wonderful talent that makes our shows such a success. His continued support and dedication has helped us reach thousands of young people with cancer and to raise awareness of this often-neglected group. Six young people are told they have cancer every day in the UK. So far Teenage Cancer Trust has built enough units within NHS hospitals for half of them to have access to the dedicated, specialist support they need. Our aim is to build enough units so that, by 2012, every single teenager will be treated on one.”
David Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall commented, “The Royal Albert Hall is delighted to once again host the Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts. This week is one of the highlights of our programme each year and we are thrilled to see such a fantastic line-up of artists in support of such a worthwhile cause.”
Absolute Radio Breakfast show presenter, DJ Christian O’Connell said, “The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Albert Hall are a highlight of the year, it’s always an amazing line up and this year’s no exception – Daltrey’s done it again!”