Arsenal’s former charity of the season 2008/09, Teenage Cancer Trust has announced the line-up for this year’s shows at the Royal Albert Hall which take place from 30 March to 3 April 2012.
Thursday 29 March: Paul McCartney
Friday 30 March: Example
Saturday 31 March: Pulp
Sunday 1 April: Jessie J
Monday 2 April: An evening of comedy hosted by Jason Manford plus special guests
Tuesday 3 April: Florence + the Machine
One of the most successful singer-songwriters in music history, Paul McCartney, will perform for Teenage Cancer Trust on Thursday 29 March. A 15-time Grammy winner and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards, McCartney’s list of accolades reads like no other. The start of 2012 has seen Paul release a new album Kisses On The Bottom and tracks from this new record will be performed on this special night.
In an intimate preview of his first UK arena tour in April, Brit nominated artist Example, will headline on Friday 30 March.
Pulp, the band that defined the sound of a generation with classic albums including His ‘N’ Hers, This is Hardcore and Mercury Music Prize winner Different Class, will perform on Saturday 31 March. Recently awarded the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music NME Award, the original line up (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber) will perform some of their greatest hits from the last two decades.
After selling one million records in the UK, 2011 Brit Winner and three time Brit Award nominee for 2012, Jessie J returns to Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as headliner on Sunday 1 April. Set list favourites include her number one hit singles ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Domino’ from her platinum selling debut album ‘Who You Are.’
For those that like a laugh, the multi-award winning and effortlessly entertaining Jason Manford returns to Teenage Cancer Trust’s shows for the third time. He will host an evening of comedy on Monday 2 April. Special guests to be announced soon.
The unsurpassable Florence + the Machine will play an explosive grand finale on Tuesday 3 April. This is an unmissable chance to see Florence + the Machine in the intimate setting of the Royal Albert Hall, whose grand design perfectly complements the band’s huge sound.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s longstanding patron and Arsenal fan, The Who front man, Roger Daltrey CBE, has been the driving force behind these concerts for over a decade. Roger said, “Every year my team and I work really hard to make these concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust something special. This year is no exception and the line up of artists donating their time and talent is incredible, I hope there's something for everyone.
“I’m proud to be a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust. I’ve been involved for nearly 20 years, and this is the twelfth year we’ve staged these shows. I might be a rock star, but I’m also a dad. I know teenagers aren’t children, and they’re certainly not quite adults either. They’re a group all on their own and they need to be recognized as that. The work Teenage Cancer Trust does building hospitals wards that don’t feel like hospitals and bringing these young people with cancer together is invaluable. So to all parents out there, these are your teenagers, support this charity. "
Eleven years of concerts have raised over £14 million for Teenage Cancer Trust, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people with cancer. All money raised has helped the charity to build more specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK, allowing young people to be treated together with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.
Arsenal supported Teenage Cancer Trust during 2008/09 season to raise funds to create a unique unit for young cancer patients within a brand new day care cancer centre based at University College Hospital, London due to open later this year. The partnership raised over £500,000 through the ‘Be a Gooner. Be a Giver.’ campaign which sees supporters, staff and players donating generously to the cause.
Tickets, from £25 (plus booking fee), will be available from 9.30am on Friday 24 February 2012. For further information visit: www.teenagecancertrust.orgCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Feb 2012