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If you didn’t know already, this week marks the 15th anniversary of the always anticipated Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall which includes a star-studded line up of music and comedy. The week long celebration of the incredible work that the Teenage Cancer Trust does every day for young people suffering with cancer, is set to be as impressive as ever with loyal artists like Noel Gallagher, Sterephonics, Paul Weller and of course Roger Daltry CBE returning to perform in front of the sold out crowds. The event has become more than a highlight in Britain’s musical calendar with more than 200 artists having graced the legendary stage since the single night that started the fundraising back in 2000.
The line-up for the week is set to fulfil the expectation of previous years as charity ambassadors take the stage once again to bring awareness of the Teenage Cancer Trust and appreciation for the specialist care that they provide. Last night saw Stereophonics with special guests Gaz Coombes take to the stage with the rest of the schedule as follows:
Tuesday 24th March – An evening of comedy hosted by KEVIN BRIDGES plus very special guests:
JON RICHARDSON, KERRY GOLDLIMAN, DOC BROWN, FRANKIE BOYLE, NOEL FIELDING
Wednesday 25th March – VAN MORRISON plus very special guests
Thursday 26th March – THE WHO plus very special guest WILKO JOHNSON
Friday 27th March – PAUL WELLER plus very special guest JOHNNY MARR
Saturday 28th March – NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS plus very special guests FUTURE ISLANDS
Sunday 29th March – FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS plus very special guests IDLEWILD
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Tonight is set to be a specific highlight with the likes of our favourite comedians Noel Fielding, Jon Richardson and Kevin Bridges taking a break from their hectic tour life to put on an unforgettable show once again. It will be Noel Fielding’s fifth show since becoming an ambassador in 2009, showing that it is an electric experience not only for the audience but the performers as well. It’s sure to be a night you can’t miss.
The concerts will definitely end on a high note as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls will take the stage to produce an electrifying performance as usual, one that will have to be savoured as there doesn’t seem to be another UK show lined up as of yet. If his Olympic Games opening ceremony performance is anything to go by then we are bound to be in for a treat. It makes the shows even more valuable to the artist’s when, like Turner, he experienced the incredible work at that the Teenage Cancer Trust does in one of their many specialist units for all the young people, many of whom will be in the audience enjoying each and every moment.