Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who stand side by side facing forward
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Roger Daltrey’s last waltz with Teenage Cancer Trust as singer steps down as concert series curator

This year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert series will feature headline shows from The Who, Squeeze, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Young Fathers and The Chemical Brothers. The gigs, which will takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 18 March and 24 March, concludes with ‘Ovation’ – A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust where a number of Roger Daltrey’s friends join forces to honour his last year as curator of the event.

The Who singer, who will continue as an honorary patron, has tirelessly fundraised and advocated for the charity for nearly 25 years.

Previous artists to have featured at the shows include Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis, Muse, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, and Take That, have all previously graced the famous stage in aid of the cause.

Roger Daltrey looking at the camera
Roger Daltrey is stepping down as curator of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs

Daltrey’s “unstoppable drive”

Kate Collins, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “These concerts have raised over £32million and Roger’s tireless drive has helped Teenage Cancer Trust change the lives of young people with cancer on a scale that was unimaginable at the first show in 2000. It is time to celebrate his unstoppable drive, determination, commitment and leadership… and what better way to do it than with this amazing line up.”

The bill for this year’s event includes three nights of celebrations with Daltrey himself. The Who will perform with an orchestra on 18 and 20 March, alongside very special guests Squeeze, who are themselves celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

While, on 24 March, ‘Ovation’- A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust will feature a vast array of stars who have helped establish these gigs as a celebrated annual event. Artists such as Kelly Jones, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Weller are all set to offer their support to help close this year’s concerts.

Noel Gallagher looking towards the camera in shades
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds play the Royal Albert Hall on 21 March

Talking about the 2024 series, Noel Gallagher, whose High Flying Birds headline on 21 March, said: “Teenage Cancer Trust continue to make a real difference to teenagers in what undoubtedly must be the most challenging years of their lives. Having performed at the very first event back in 2000 it is a charity very close to my heart. Together we will make the night unique… I’d buy a ticket if I were you.”

Full 2024 Teenage Cancer Trust concerts line-up

Mon 18 March: The Who with Orchestra, with special guests Squeeze
Tues 19 March: Evening Of Comedy – line-up to be announced
Wed 20 March: The Who with Orchestra, with special guests Squeeze
Thurs 21 March: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, with special guests Blossoms
Fri 22 March: Young Fathers plus special guests
Sat 23 March: The Chemical Brothers plus DJ James Holroyd
Sun 24 March: ‘Ovation’ – A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust

For tickets, which go on sale at 9am GMT on 12 January, click here

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