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Doves, Rudimental and Take That among Teenage Cancer Trust gig headliners (2019)


Story by Jack Foley

DOVES (pictured), Rudimental and Take That are among the headline acts for next year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall (2019).

The former have announced their return after a decade, making the night sure to be one to remember.

Money raised by these shows supports Teenage Cancer Trust, the only charity dedicated to making sure young people diagnosed with cancer get the expert treatment and personalised support they need.

Rudimental kick things off with their emphatic. hi-energy live show on Monday, March 25. They will be performing tracks from their forthcoming new album, Toast To Our Differences, which releases on January 25, and features an all-star cast of guest vocalists including Rita Ora, Stefflon Don, Jess Glynne and more.

Supporting Rudimental will be grime star Ghetts. His critically-acclaimed album, Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, which illustrates themes from feminism, culture, philosophy, to the rise of social media, was released in September this year.

Take That will make their debut performance at Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. The band are also celebrating their 30th anniversary and have just released their new Greatest Hits album, Odyssey, which debuted at number 1 in the UK charts last week, becoming the fastest selling album of the year.

Doves, the legendary three-piece band from Manchester, announce their return in 2019, taking to the stage for the very first time in nine years. Celebrated for Mercury-nominated albums, Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast alongside hit singles There Goes The Fear, Pounding and Black And White Town, Doves sound tracked the lives of a generation of fans left waiting patiently for their reappearance.

The wait is over as the band, composed of twin brothers Jez Williams (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jimi Goodwin (bass, vocals, guitar), make a re-energised return to the Royal Albert Hall next March.

Irish trio The Script are five albums and 10 years into a 30 million record-selling career. Songs such as For The First Time, Hall Of Fame, Breakeven and Superheroes have been smashes on a global scale.

The Script said: “We are honoured to be asked to support the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall. The fantastic work that they been done over the years continues to pay dividends to provide specialist care to young people with cancer across the UK.”

Levellers, English folk punk band and live favourites, will be playing a full electric set at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, March 31 as part of their own curated show, A Beautiful Night Out, a one-day version of their award-winning grass roots festival Beautiful Days.

Legendary frontman of The Who, Roger Daltrey CBE, who has been the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall concerts since they began in 2000, commented: “Many people will not be aware that Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that receives no government funding and is dependent on raising money from the public to provide vital wards and nursing care which are a lifeline for young people with cancer.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all of the artists who’ve given up time in their busy schedules to help young people with cancer get the specialist care they deserve. Looking back, we’ve had so many unforgettable moments at the shows over the years and these moments are amplified by the wonderful young people with cancer I have met.

“I’m consistently overwhelmed by their positivity in the face of a life changing circumstance. They are the reason we strive to make these shows the very best we can and this year will be no different.”

Every penny Teenage Cancer Trust raises goes towards putting a spotlight on the thousands of young people living with cancer across the UK. The services provided treat people as individuals – the young person first and the cancer diagnosis second.

The confirmed line-up so far is as follows (all March 2019)

25 – Rudimental, Ghetts
28 – Take That
29 – Doves
30 – The Script
31 – Levellers, A Beautiful Night Out

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, December 7.