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Line up for Teenage Cancer Trust anniversary gigs announced

The shows take place in March.

Nile Rodgers & Chic and Groove Armada are among the acts set to headline at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs.

Stereophonics, with special guest Paul Weller, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will also perform during the charity’s annual fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in March.

This year is the 20th year of the charity’s series of music and comedy events, which are curated by The Who frontman and Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey and raise funds to support young people with cancer.

Stereophonics
Stereophonics (Scott Garfitt/PA)

Stereophonics – who performed at the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust gig in 2000 – will kick off the 20th anniversary shows on March 25. Groove Armada will perform on March 26 and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be on stage on March 27. Nile Rodgers & Chic perform on March 29.

Daltrey said: “Once again we’ve got some incredible artists on the bill for 2020 and I can’t thank them enough for giving up their time for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Since the first gig back in 2000 audiences have raised millions to fund Teenage Cancer Trust nurses, support teams and special hospital wards that have helped young people cope with some unimaginably hard times. Without Teenage Cancer Trust these specialist services would simply not be there.”

The star said he had “seen first-hand the difference this support makes to so many young people with cancer over the years”.

Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey (Isabel Infantes/PA)

“Everyone who’s helped us achieve this is a hero in my book, and I’d like to thank everyone who has got us this far,” Daltrey added.

“Teenage Cancer Trust started out 30 years ago to change everything for young people with cancer. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“But we want a world where cancer doesn’t stop young people from living their lives – there’s so much more we need to do.

“This age group deserves these facilities and programmes in our NHS, but without your support for this charity they would not exist. By buying a ticket to these shows you will be helping this great cause do exactly that.”

Teenage Cancer Trust’s chief executive officer Kate Collins said: “The leap forward in care that Teenage Cancer Trust has been able to provide to young people facing cancer over the past 30 years has only been possible thanks to our generous supporters –including our Royal Albert Hall artists and audiences.

“But much more needs to change, and we can’t wait another 30 years for that to happen.”

More special guests for the shows are due to be announced soon and tickets go on sale on January 24 at 9.30am.

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