Ed Sheeran Among The Line Up For ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ Unseen
Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual series of performances was curtailed this year by Covid-19. As a result, they have announced a streaming programme of unseen live future by such musical heavyweights as Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, The Cure, Pulp, The Who, and others. Kicking off next week on 8th October and running until 18th October, the gigs will be available to view – for free – on YouTube, via Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen. Viewers are encouraged to make voluntary donations to support the tireless work the charity does to support young people suffering from cancer.
The archive of never-before-seen footage recorded at the Royal Albert Hall is launched as part of an emergency fundraising appeal. The YouTube channel is to raise vital funds. Events kick off with Ed Sheeran’s performance from 2017, and 11 unique and previously ‘unseen’ performances will be available to view.
Honorary Patron and member of The Who, Roger Daltrey, is the driving force behind the legendary fundraising gigs that run every year, pulling in big names from the world of pop and rock. The Who performed at the debut Teenage Cancer Trust performance in 2000, and would have played this year – marking the 20th anniversary of the series, which was due to begin on the first day of lockdown. In a statement about the event, Roger Daltrey said: “Through Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK has led the world in recognising the specific issues that this age group with cancer suffer, please donate generously to make sure this vital work continues through these difficult times.”
Fans who didn’t manage to attend Teenage Cancer Trust performances over the years will now have the luxury of seeing what they missed. This includes Sir Paul McCartney being joined onstage for a performance of The Beatles’ Get Back by Roger Daltrey, Paul Weller, and The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood; while The Cure performed a three-hour set on two consecutive nights in 2014, playing a whopping 45 songs a night. Robert Smith has also donated the guitar that he played on those nights – hand painted himself – to the charity raffle that accompanies the series.
Other raffle items up for grabs include signed and personalised Cure posters, and signed prints by the artist Pete McKee, of artists including Noel Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.
Streaming will be via the Teenage Cancer Trust’s YouTube channel, which can be found here, while the trailer for the series can be watched below.