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Teenage Cancer Trust gigs 2018: UB40, Def Leppard and Nile Rodgers to headline

Story by Jack Foley

THE final headline acts for 2018’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall have now been confirmed.

Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40 (featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey) kick off the week of gigs, while there will also be An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard, a night with multi-Grammy-winning Nile Rodgers & CHIC, a performance by The Who star Roger Daltrey, and another by British rock legends Def Leppard.

These will join the previously announced shows by Kasabian and Courteeners performing St Jude.

The week of gigs take place between Monday, March 19 and Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time as a trio, UB40 will play some of their greatest hits along with tracks from their latest record, A Real Labour Of Love, which is dedicated to long-serving trombonist John Johnson, who sadly passed away last year.

The band commented: “We are honoured to be asked to support the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall. The fantastic work that has been done over the years continues to pay dividends and support a cause that is so worthwhile. We look forward to a great show and seeing you all on the 19th March. Big love Ali, Astro & Mickey.”

Russell Howard will host an exciting evening of comedy, continuing the long tradition of the cream of British comedy joining forces for a unique and unforgettable night of laughs. The full line-up will be announced soon.

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music.

Commenting on his appearance, Roger Daltrey said: “We’re now into our 18th year of Teenage Cancer Trust Shows at the Royal Albert Hall and in that time these concerts have raised well over £25 million, as well as giving the Teenage Cancer Trust a voice to educate the public about the special needs of this group within the NHS.

“These incredible shows have played a vital role in making sure the charity can provide specialist support to young people with cancer across the UK, but for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t.

“The artists who play these shows and the people who come along to see them will help the charity take big steps towards being able to support every young person who needs them.

“This year’s line up is as varied as ever with our good friends Kasabian making a welcome return as is UB40. Chic featuring the incomparable Nile Rodgers will be making their Royal Albert Hall debut, and Courteeners will be playing a one-off London show celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album.

“There will also be a special show from me and my band featuring Who hits as well as some songs the Who never played live. Rounding off the week will be Sheffield’s finest Def Leppard playing their first UK show in three years.”

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi, who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

The listings are (all March)…

19 – UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey
20 – An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard
21 – Nile Rodgers & CHIC
22 – Roger Daltrey
23 – Courteeners performing St Jude
24 – Kasabian
25 – Def Leppard

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 2.