2020 marks the 20th year of the annual fundraising concert series hosted by Teenage Cancer Trust and curated by the charity’s patron and The Who frontman, Roger Daltrey CBE. And what better way to celebrate two decades of fantastic events at London’s fabulous Royal Albert Hall than to invite back some of the concert series’ greatest stars.
Kicking off proceedings at the Royal Albert Hall is Stereophonics who performed at the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2000 and returned in 2004, 2009 and 2015. With new album Kind frontman Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. The Modfather himself Paul Weller, also a staple of the TCT shows over the years, will return supporting The Stereophonics.
Groove Armada – aka former London club night promoters Andy Cato and Tom Findlay – will make their TCT debut, bringing the hits of their seminal debut album Northern Star to life amongst others I’m sure.
The man who took over curation duties of the TCT concert series from Daltrey for one of its years as well as bringing his bands Oasis and High Flying Birds to the Royal Albert Hall along with solo acoustic outings over the years, Noel Gallagher will return to the hallowed hall once again for what will likely be one of the stand-out, sing-along nights of the series. Who can forget the High Flying Birds’ first outing at TCT in 2013 where Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon opened the evening and were joined by Gallagher senior for the union of Britpop rivals we thought we’d never see!
And the biggest, funkiest hitmaker of them all Nile Rogers will bring all the hits with CHIC to close out what will, no doubt be, one of the finest runs of TCT shows. And with one evening of entertainment still to be announced, it’s time to get in the e-queue for tickets now!
Before Teenage Cancer Trust was established in 1990 there was no specialist cancer care for teenagers and young adults. Those aged 13-24 were being treated on adult wards, or in children’s wards, and this could cause additional stress and trauma. Many felt alone and isolated, as it was likely they’d never meet another person their age with cancer.
Today, around half of all young people with cancer are treated on 28 Teenage Cancer Trust wards across the UK, by specialist nurses and youth support teams. Almost every young person with cancer can get support from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses wherever they live.
As Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates 30 years, the charity is focused on driving up survival rates for young people with cancer, championing their needs to ensure they have equal access to vital care and expanding its own services to be there after treatment ends, as young people rebuild their lives after cancer.
Around 100 young people who’ve been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust will enjoy the ‘Ultimate Backstage Experience’ during the 2020 gig series. As part of an unforgettable night, the charity offers them the chance to meet with the acts, write and perform their own song, and to appear on stage alongside Roger Daltrey to share experiences and thank audiences for their support.
Tickets go on sale Friday 24th January at 9.30am over at one of these legitimate sellers:.
Wednesday 25th March: Stereophonics + Paul Weller (acoustic)
Thursday 26th March: Groove Armada
Friday 27th March: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Saturday 28th March: TBC
Sunday 29th March: Nile Rogers & CHIC