Roger Daltrey Quits Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs

Roger Daltrey recently announced he will step down from his role as curator of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts. This decision comes after a 24-year journey of spearheading these charitable events.

As reported by BBC, the Who frontman revealed that these will be his final set of concerts as the curator of the gigs. Since the inception of these concerts in 2000, Daltrey’s efforts have been instrumental in raising over £32 million. In Daltrey’s words, this sum’s contributions included:

“The £32m raised from these concerts has been the foundation for the 28 specialized 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.”

Details About 2024’s Teenage Cancer Trust Shows

The 2024 series of concerts marks the 22nd edition. Set to unfold at the Royal Albert Hall, the shows feature an impressive lineup, including orchestral sets by The Who, as well as performances by Noel Gallagher, Young Fathers, and The Chemical Brothers.

According to the Instagram post shared by the Who, here are the details of the event:

“We are delighted to announce the lineup for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As always, it’ll be a week of some of the best bands and comedians taking to the stage to bring you seven whole nights of the very best in music and comedy. All proceeds from these shows will go towards providing specialist treatment and support for young people with cancer. The week’s events are produced by Roger Daltrey CBE and Des Murphy for Teenage Cancer Trust. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 12 January 2024, at 9.00 am GMT via a direct link on our official website.

The shows will conclude with ‘Ovation,’ a special celebration concert featuring artists such as Robert Plant, Paul Weller, and Eddie Vedder. This year’s edition follows a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

You can check out the Who’s post below.

Photo Credit: The Who – Instagram

Roger Daltrey’s Impact on the Teenage Cancer Trust

Back in June 2023, Daltrey hinted at his departure, saying he wasn’t sure about what the future would bring:

“I’ve been doing these charity shows at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and next year will be my 23rd year with that, and to carry on doing it, I’ll have to sign another five-year contract with the Albert Hall. And I don’t know if I’m going to be around in five years!”

Daltrey’s departure from his curatorial role does not mean an end to his involvement with the Teenage Cancer Trust. He will continue to support the organization as an Honorary Patron to ensure that his legacy and the essential work of the Trust carry on.

The Teenage Cancer Trust expressed deep gratitude towards Daltrey. Kate Collins, the trust’s chief executive, emphasized the impact these events have had, saying:

“Quite simply, we would not be the charity we are without Roger and these shows. 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.”

Looking ahead, the Trust has announced that from 2025, the concerts will be managed by a series of guest curators to ensure the tradition continues.