The Who's Roger Daltrey bids adieu to Teenage Cancer Trust Curator role at Royal Albert Hall

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8 Jan 2024, 11:47

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A fond farewell to musical philanthropist, Roger Daltrey, will take place at this year's iteration of the famed charity even, which will mark the end of an era, as the star departs after 22 years in the role.

Roger Daltrey, the iconic co-founder and lead singer of The Who, has announced his decision to step down as the Curator of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) concerts held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

The surprising announcement coincides with the unveiling of the star-studded lineup for the 2024 show, featuring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squeeze, Blossoms, Young Fathers, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Pete Townsend, Eddie Vedder, and The Chemical Brothers.

Scheduled to kick off on March 18th, 2024, this year's charitable event will not only showcase a powerhouse of musical talents but also serve as a tribute to Daltrey's remarkable tenure as founder and curator.

Despite relinquishing his role as curator, Daltrey will retain his involvement as the charity's honorary patron, demonstrating his enduring commitment to the cause.

Since its inception in 2000, Daltrey has played a pivotal role in steering the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, transforming them into flagship shows that have hosted legendary acts such as Paul McCartney, Oasis, Kasabian, The Cure, Florence + The Machine, and many more. The annual event serves as a vital fundraiser for TCT, contributing to the provision of care and support for young individuals grappling with a cancer diagnosis.

As Daltrey bids adieu to his role, the organisation has outlined plans to collaborate with guest curators from 2025 onwards, signaling a new chapter for the TCT concerts. The transition, while bittersweet, underscores Daltrey's desire to ensure the continued success and growth of the charity.

Expressing his sentiments, Daltrey reflected on the monumental impact of the concerts: “The £32 million raised from these concerts has been the foundation for the 28 specialised units within the NHS, as well as specialist nurses and youth workers to be there for a young person when cancer has turned their world upside down.”

Noel Gallagher, a stalwart supporter of the cause who performed at the inaugural event, emphasised the charity's personal significance, stating, 'It is a charity very close to my heart,' and confirming his enthusiastic participation.

Kate Collins, the chief executive of TCT, highlighted Daltrey's indispensable contribution, affirming:“Quite simply, we would not be the charity we are without Roger and these shows, and – more importantly than that – thousands of young people with cancer in the UK would not have had the specialist support and care they urgently need.”

As tickets for the event go on sale on January 12th, 2024, the farewell to Roger Daltrey as the curator, leaves behind a legacy of philanthropy and musical camaraderie that has enriched the lives of countless individuals battling cancer.

Although his stewardship has steered the TCT on an incredibly successful course, his retirement from the role now leaves the door open for a more diverse range of artists and musical possibilities as the trust will now look to appoint guest curators annually, rather than finding one famed figure to fill Daltrey's big shoes and deep pockets.

Show Dates:

March 2024:

Mon 18 - The Who with Orchestra, with special guests Squeeze

Tue 19 - Evening Of Comedy - line-up to be announced

Weds 20 - The Who with Orchestra, with very special guests Squeeze

Thurs 21 - Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, with very special guests Blossoms

Fri 22 - Young Fathers plus special guests

Sat 23  - The Chemical Brothers

Sun 24 - ‘Ovation’ - A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust with: Roger Daltrey, Kelly Jones, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller

Tickets for the event go on sale at 9am on January 12th, 2024, here.