Good news for philanthropic music fans (that’ll be all of us then…): The Cure has added an extra date to its show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust after tickets for the first night sold out before any of us could blink. Part of a series of stellar music and comedy events curated by TCT patron and legendary The Who front man Roger Daltrey, The Cure’s performance is part of a fundraising extravaganza which boasts a roster of names from Suede and Ed Sheeran to Paolo Nutini.
Daltrey has long been the driving force behind the concerts which have raised over £17m for young people with cancer since they began in 2000. And 2014 is set to be just as big and bold as every year before it; guest curator Noel Gallagher is back, guaranteeing an eclectic mix of exceptional artists. This marks The Cure’s second time performing for TCT, having been the closing act for the whole series back in 2006. Frontman Robert Smith said the band is ‘delighted and honoured’ to be involved once more..
Teenage Cancer Trust patron and The Who legend, Roger Daltrey, said: ‘Over the years we’ve had so many memorable moments. These include Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn appearing together for the first time, Paul Weller, Kelly Jones and Eddie Vedder flying half way round the world to sing one song, Matt Bellamy playing the Hall’s famous pipe organ and so many more. These moments are amplified by the wonderful young people I have met. They shouldn’t have to stop being teenagers just because they have cancer. They are young people first – cancer patients second. With their incredible vigour and positivity as inspiration, we aim to keep Teenage Cancer Trust leading the world in cancer care for this age group.’
As TCT’s flagship fundraising campaign, the annual Royal Albert Hall event is invaluable to the charity’s work. All proceeds go towards providing specialist care and support for young people with cancer and will undoubtedly make a massive difference to the lives of thousands. The only charity in the UK of its kind, it couldn’t be a more worthy cause. Hurry and book while you still can!
The Cure plays The Royal Albert Hall on 28th & 29th March; for more bands & dates visit the TCT website: teenagecancertrust.org