Teenage Cancer Trust has announced four of the acts set to headline its annual fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, taking place from March 23rd to March 29th.
Headlining the 20th edition is renowned electronic duo Groove Armada, Welsh rockers Stereophonics plus a special acoustic performance from Paul Weller, Manchester-based Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds and funk aficionados Nile Rodgers & CHIC with more special guests to be announced soon.
Kicking off proceedings at the Royal Albert Hall is Stereophonics who performed at the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2000 and return this year for the twentieth anniversary shows. With unparalleled longevity and continued success, Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music. With new album ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. Having achieved 7 number 1 albums, 10 top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, over 10 million albums sold worldwide, 5 BRIT nominations and 1 BRIT Award win, and still headlining arenas and festivals to legions of dedicated fans, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of the current music scene.
Also featuring with the Stereophonics for an acoustic set is very special guest Paul Weller, another one who was part of the first Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall. With a career spanning releases that traverse the sounds of blue-eyed soul, new wave, punk rock and the mod revival, Paul Weller is a musical chameleon who proudly marches to the beat of his own drum. Introduced to the world as a member of bands The Jam and The Style Council before establishing a well-received solo career, he has become one of Britain’s most enduring musicians and cultural figures.
From their humble beginnings as London club night promoters, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay aka Groove Armada have solidified themselves as one of electronic music’s most innovative, influential and recognisable acts. Storming onto the scene with their seminal debut album Northern Star, the duo quickly carved out their niche in the downtempo alcoves of dance music, garnering several GRAMMY and BRIT Award nominations along the way.
Last year saw the duo perform as a live act for the first time since 2013, featuring their full original band and touring setup. The shows naturally amazed audiences across the UK and expect an equally unmissable performance come March 26th. The band will be releasing a brand new studio album this summer and will announce further UK shows soon.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their eponymous debut album in 2011 on Sour Mash Records. The album went double platinum in the UK and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The second album Chasing Yesterday was released in March 2015 – the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel. The third album Who Built The Moon? followed in 2017 debuting in the UK at Number 1 and achieving gold certification in less than 2 weeks after its release – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo albums for Noel. Who Built The Moon? was also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album in the UK for Noel – no other artist has achieved such a feat.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release their Blue Moon Rising EP on 6th March 2020 which features the recent single ‘Wandering Star’. The EP, which is available to pre-order now, features new songs as well as remixes of the title track and will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl formats. Blue Moon Rising is the third EP of new music from Noel to be released in less than a year – Black Star Dancing was released in June 2019 followed by This Is The Place in September.
With over 500 million copies cumulatively sold as the mastermind behind seminal disco/funk band CHIC and a songwriter/producer for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Daft Punk, few artists have a resume as impressive as Nile Rodgers. His pioneering and indelible contributions to music have earned him three Grammy Awards and inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and the honour of being a chairman for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. More recently, Nile has been appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road Studios and was included in “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella that resulted in the BBC nominating the band for the BBC Music Awards as “Best Live Performance”.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC are set to perform what will be a fittingly upbeat and euphoric show to close out the 20th edition of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.
For additional line-up and ticketing information visit teenagecancertrust.org/gig