The first two headliners have been announced for the series' 18th anniversary.
Courteeners and Kasabian have been announced as the first two headliners for the Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 19 in 2018, welcoming Manchester’s Courteeners playing their debut album St Jude in full. The band will take to the iconic venue on Friday 23 March 2018.
Kasabian, who have just wrapped up a UK headline tour, will play the Royal Albert Hall in support of the charity for the fourth time on Saturday 24 March 2014.
Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer.
“I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity,” the charity’s Honorary Patron and legendary frontman of The Who, Roger Daltrey CBE announces.
“Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night.”
“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.
The news comes as Courteeners also announced a special St Jude show in Manchester on the 7 April, with tickets on sale at 9:00 on Friday 15 December.
“We were looking for a way to mark the 10 year anniversary of the release of St. Jude,” the band’s Liam Fray say, “we thought it might be worth at least raising a little glass to celebrate the fact that we’re still here. I’d been out on an acoustic tour this autumn, re-working and revisiting tunes from the back catalogue, stripping them back, bigging them up and experimenting with some different interpretations.”
“The string section were incredible and unknowingly nudged me into unlocking something special. I loved revisiting all the old songs and putting a new twist on them. So, the day after the final date of the tour, I gingerly prised myself out of bed, booked a studio, rang the band, brought in some string-players and we ‘re-did’ St. Jude in a few days. And it sounds fucking brilliant.”
Kasabian are currently celebrating their fifth No.1 album For Crying Out Loud, having formed in Leicester in 1997. They’ve achieved huge success with tracks like Club Foot, Fire, Shoot The Runner and recent single You’re In Love With A Psycho.
“We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause,” says Kasabian singer Tom Meighan. “Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.”
We recently caught up with Kasabian on their UK tour. Check out our interview below.
Catch Courteeners on Friday 23 March 2018 and Kasabian on the 24 March 2018 at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.