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Teenage Cancer Trust gigs 2014: The Cure and Ed Sheeran on bill

Teenage Cancer Trust

Story by Jack Foley

THE Cure and Ed Sheeran are two of the headline acts for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.

Roger Daltrey CBE announced this year’s stellar line-up, which further includes Suede, Paolo Nutini, Jason Manford, John Bishop, Micky Flanagan, Rob Beckett, Hal Cruttenden and OneRepublic.

The gigs take place from March 24 to 30, 2014.

The Cure make a welcome return to the Royal Albert Hall following their acclaimed 2011 show and will play a full three hour show. This will be The Cure’s second time performing for Teenage Cancer Trust after closing the week of shows for the charity in 2006.

They also raised money for the charity on Record Store Day 2012 by releasing Friday I’m In Love on a limited edition 7’‘. Bandleader Robert Smith said: “The Cure are once again delighted and honoured to be playing the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Ending the week of shows on Sunday, March 30, Suede will perform their hugely acclaimed second album Dog Man Star to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. The lauded album, which was also re-released in 2011, is often regarded as the band’s masterpiece, cementing their influence as the pioneers of Britpop.

Brett Anderson said: “It’s great being involved with Teenage Cancer Trust again. It’s a fantastic charity and we have a proud history of involvement with them. The gig we did for them at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 was possibly my favourite ever show in 25 years of playing live.”

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will start the run of shows on Monday, March 24. A two-time BRIT Award winner and recipient of an Ivor Novello Award, the 22-year old’s debut album + is now certified six-time platinum in the UK.

His Teenage Cancer Trust show preceeds a massive arena tour in October.

Sheeran commented: “When Noel asked me to play last year I couldn’t as I was touring Australia. I promised him and Roger that if they wanted me another time I’d be there, so here I am! I’m the same age as some of the people the charity helps and it’s a real honour to be asked. I hope we raise lots of money and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Also confirmed to headline on Wednesday, March 26, is Paolo Nutini who recently announced he will release his new album, Caustic Love, in April. This is the Scottish singer/songwriter’s first live show since his appearance for the ONE Campaign last June.

Paolo said: “This is an important cause and should have the support of as many people as possible. Roger called and kindly invited me to be a part of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs. And when Roger calls, you simply say: Yes! When d’ya need me!”

As previously announced last year OneRepublic will headline on Thursday, March 27.

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall wouldn’t be complete without an evening of comedy. This year sees Jason Manford hosting, joined by the superstar talents of John Bishop, Micky Flanagan, Patrick Kielty, Rob Beckett and Hal Cruttenden.

Jason Manford said: “I love these Teenage Cancer Trust gigs. They stand-out not just because the atmosphere is always amazing, but also because of the young people with cancer I’ve met through being part of these shows for a number of years and visiting several of the charity’s specialist wards. They totally inspire me every single time. It’s a great night with a stonking line-up. Buy your ticket now!”

Teenage Cancer Trust patron and The Who legend Roger Daltrey commented: “This is our fourteenth year at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust and I’m very happy to be back after handing the reins to Noel Gallagher for a year. The money raised is invaluable in helping young people with cancer, and in return for the public’s hard earned cash we put on some very special shows.

“This year, The Cure and Suede return to play for us. How great to have Paolo Nutini, who was a teenager when we first started these shows. Even nearer to the age group that we serve is Ed Sheeran performing songs some of which were written when a teen himself.”

The full line-up so far is…

Monday, March 24
Ed Sheeran

Tuesday, March 25
An evening of comedy with Jason Manford, John Bishop, Micky Flanagan, Patrick Kielty, Rob Beckett and Hal Cruttenden

Wednesday, March 26
Paolo Nutini

Thursday, March 27

Saturday, March 29
The Cure

Sunday, March 30
Suede: Dog Man Star 20th Anniversary

Tickets – from £25 (plus booking fees) – go on sale on Friday, January 31 at 9.30am.