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Teenage Cancer Trust gigs 2009: Kasabian and Stereophonics on bill

Kasabian

Story by Jack Foley

KASABIAN and Stereophonics are among the acts confirmed to play the annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009.

The 2009 shows kick-off on Tuesday, March 24 with an evening featuring critically acclaimed artists. Mercury prize winning Antony & The Johnsons, hot off the heels of celebrated album The Crying Light, will be joined by Brits Critics choice winners Florence and the Machine.

The Stereophonics will take to the stage on Thursday night. Lead singer Kelly Jones has been an inspirational supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust since he joined The Who onstage to perform a storming version of Substitute at the very first Teenage Cancer Trust gig back in 2000.

On Friday, one of Britain’s hottest bands, Kasabian, will perform their first London show since recording their hotly tipped new album due for release in June.

Kasabian will return to the Royal Albert Hall to perform for the second time for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kasabian lead singer, Tom Meighan says “It’s great we can continue to support Teenage Cancer Trust and help them make a difference. We were inspired after meeting some of the teenagers with cancer at our gigs last year and it really made us want to do more for the charity.”

To bring the week of gigs to a close, comedy duo Mathew Horne and James Corden from Bafta winning sitcom, Gavin and Stacey, will host an Evening of Comedy.

The brainchild of The Who’s, Roger Daltrey CBE, the renowned gigs raise money to help the charity provide the best possible care and support for young people with cancer.

Announcing the 2009 line-up, Roger Daltrey, Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “At a time when your body is changing, your social life is everything and you’re still trying to figure out who you are, getting cancer can seem like an impossible blow to take. But thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust, thousands of teenagers are taking it, and coming out fighting.

“Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall raises essential funds to support the charity’s work. There will be 7 completely new units built between now and the end of 2009. Everything about these specialist units has been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. So show your support by coming to one the gigs or by making a donation.”

The TCT gig line-up so far is (all March 2009):

24 – Antony and the Johnsons with Florence and the Machine
26 – Stereophonics plus special guests
27 – Kasabian plus special guests
29 – An evening of comedy hosted by Mathew Horne and James Corden