Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts Next Week

The sixth year of Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall once again looks like producing some of the live shows of the year, whether it be comedy or music new and old...

Richard Dyer

Date published: 23rd Mar 2006

MARCH 27th – APRIL 1st

The sixth year of Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall once again looks like producing some of the live shows of the year – and this time there’s an extra show – a Saturday night treat with The Cure playing their first UK date with a new line-up and their only confirmed show of 2006 so far.

The six shows, produced by Roger Daltrey CBE and Harvey Goldsmith CBE, include a comedy night for the third year in a row –  these comedy nights have proven hugely popular and Teenage Cancer Trust is delighted to welcome back Ricky Gervais who performed in 2004.  Ricky will be appearing alongside a selection of friends to kick off this extraordinary week on Monday 27th March.  Tickets go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 14th February.

There is also a must for fans of metal and heavy rock – a Tommy Vance tribute night on Friday 31st March with Judas Priest, Ian Gillan and Friends, Scorpions and Boned already confirmed to perform.  It’s a year since Judas Priest last played in the UK and this is the only show they will be playing in 2006.

Additionally, two of the UK’s hottest new bands, Razorlight and Bloc Party, will each be headlining a night – for Razorlight fans it could be a first chance to hear some new material while for Bloc Party aficionados, this will be a welcome return to London after a blistering show at Brixton Academy in October.  Goldfrapp have also confirmed and their live shows are always an unmissable event.

The full line-up (with surprises still to be announced) is:

Monday March 27th
An evening of sublime stand up with special guest Ricky Gervais plus Russell Brand, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Sean Lock, Robin Ince and Alan Carr

Tuesday March 28th
Goldfrapp plus Antony and the Johnsons, Starsailor and GTA

Wednesday March 29th
Bloc Party and special guests including Biffy Clyro and Mystery Jets

Thursday March 30th
Razorlight plus Dogs and Boy Kill Boy

Friday March 31st
Tommy Vance Tribute Night with Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Ian Gillan and Friends and Boned

Saturday April 1st
The Cure
Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Albert Hall have become, over the last five years, some of the most enjoyable and spontaneous events in the entertainment industry calendar.  It’s not uncommon for major artists to turn up on the night and join in a jam session on stage.  It’s one of the rare occasions when “special guests” could really mean absolutely anyone.

Previous Teenage Cancer Trust shows have featured show-stopping performances from The Who, Coldplay, Oasis, Eric Clapton, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, Sir Tom Jones, Stereophonics, Richard Ashcroft, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Keane, Bryan Adams, Madness, UB40, Ash, Jools Holland, Solomon Burke, Nigel Kennedy and Roger Daltrey, who is a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and who came up with the idea of these Albert Hall shows. With the help of Steve Coogan and Baby Cow Productions the comedy nights have included Steve Coogan, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais, Noel Fielding, Little Britain, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr, Phil Jupitus, Bill Bailey, Reg D. Hunter and many others from the cream of comedy.

Every day in the UK, six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer – and the numbers are rising. As a result of the funds raised from these shows and other events Roger Daltrey is involved in for TCT, the charity has been able to help a great deal more of these teenagers.

Since the first show in November 2000, TCT has opened Units in Sheffield, Liverpool and a new Unit in London. In 2006 the charity will open a new Unit in Glasgow and will begin work on new sites in Cardiff and Cambridge. TCT has appointed the world’s first Professor of Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine. In August 2005 TCT welcomed a set of NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Guidance advocating a desperate need for more specialist age-appropriate cancer wards, like those being built by TCT.

Roger Daltrey CBE has been instrumental in raising millions for the charity.  He said: “There is an awful lot that TCT has achieved since the first show back in November 2000, including the development of at least 6 more specialist Units across the UK. The publication of the NICE Guidance in the summer of 2005, advocating the need for more age-appropriate cancer wards, like those built by TCT, will hopefully lead to the development of even more Units.

“There is no doubt in my mind that these shows really are making a difference to the lives of thousands of teenagers with cancer. From its inception, the event has always been supported by top artists at the cutting edge of music and comedy. This year is no exception with a music line up including Goldfrapp, Bloc Party, Mystery Jets, Razorlight, a Tommy Vance Tribute with Judas Priest, The Scorpions and Ian Gillan, The Cure, Ricky Gervais and a comedy night with the best of British stand-up. Every night will be special. I thank all the artists for their unconditional support and also all our friends in the media who have helped raise awareness of this important charity.They have and will continue to make a difference.”

Harvey Goldsmith CBE said:  “As ever, it’s our pleasure to be involved with such a worthwhile cause in addition to being one of the entertainment high points of 2006 without any doubt.”

Teenage Cancer Trust Chairman, Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE said “These shows are really making a difference for many young people with cancer. Since the first Who and Friends Show at the Albert Hall in November 2000, these gigs have raised enough money to build more Teenage Cancer Trust Units and we remain indebted to Roger Daltrey and the other artists who give up their time for TCT.”

Tickets are available from:

Royal Albert Hall 0207 589 8212
See tickets 0870 166 0435
Ticket Master 0871 230 5447
Star Green 0207 734 8932
Ticket line – 0870 225 6677

On line www.aloud.com  

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust was set up to focus on the particular needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases. The Trust builds special units, developed and decorated to cater for teenage needs – usually, teenagers with cancer are placed either in a paediatric ward with young children or in adult wards with elderly patients.

Teenage Cancer Trust anticipates a 15% increase in survival rates for patients treated on the units, of which there are currently seven in Britain. The Trust hopes to raise enough over the next few years to increase that number to 22 – units costs an average £1.5m each to build.