SQUEEZE AND DAMIEN HIRST GO IN THE ‘SPOT’LIGHT FOR CHARITY

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03/03/11

Squeeze showcase Damien Hirst artwork at
Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

An exclusive set of instruments customised by Damien Hirst and created especially for British band Squeeze, will take centre stage when the band perform at Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 March 2011. Squeeze will be joined by a 30 piece orchestra and long-time friends and collaborators The Feeling, on the second night of Teenage Cancer Trust’s 2011 series of fundraising concerts at the iconic venue.
The Damien Hirst collection features two ‘Spot Guitars’, a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Stratocaster, as well as a Yamaha ‘Spot Drum Kit’. All the instruments are hand painted by Hirst with his iconic spot design and signed by the artist himself.

Following the concert, the instruments will be auctioned at Christie’s and will be the first guitar and drum kit to be sold in Christie’s April auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art. This special sale will raise money for two music focused cancer charities, Love Hope Strength Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust and is expected to raise in the region of £60,000, with proceeds split between the two charities. The Drum kit and Fender Telecaster will be auctioned on Wednesday 20 April, whilst the Fender Stratocaster will be auctioned in September.

Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “We’ve been staging our concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for over ten years and had some huge stars perform for us, but we’ve never combined such exceptional art and music in such a creative way before. We can’t wait to see Squeeze play the instruments and hope they raise lots of money to help more young people in the UK fight cancer.”

Mike Peters, two times cancer survivor and founder of Love Hope Strength said: “I am so honoured to be able to work shoulder to shoulder with Teenage Cancer Trust in the fight against cancer. This generous action from Damien Hirst and Squeeze will help us recruit Bone Marrow Donors at rock concerts throughout the UK and raise awareness of our campaign to increase the age of UK Bone Marrow Donors in line with countries like Canada, USA and Germany. LHSF is fortunate to have the dedicated support of Squeeze singer Glenn Tilbrook, and together we have lead teams of musicians, trekkers and cancer survivors to some of the highest places on earth, raising funds and proving you can survive cancer and go on to achieve remarkable things.”

Tickets to see Squeeze and the Damien Hurst instruments live at the Royal Albert Hall are available from £25.00 to £75.00 plus booking and can be purchased from the following outlets: • www.teenagecancertrust.org • www.gigsandtours.com 0871 230 7136 • www.ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 844 0444 • www.royalalberthall.com 0845 401 5030 • www.hmvtickets.com 0843 221 0100 and in HMV stores

The unique instruments will be on public exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom prior to the sale, from 16-19 April 2011. The Fender Stratocaster will go on view ahead of being offered in the September sale, from 10-14 September 2011. The instruments will be on display alongside 200 further artworks by well-known as well as emerging post-war and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin. All will be offered in the same auction at 1pm, on 20 April 2011. Christie’s auction catalogue will be available approximately three weeks before each sale, both in hard copy and as an e-catlogue online www.christies.com/calendar There are five different ways to bid at Christie’s auctions – bidding in person, bidding remotely using Christie’s Live™ online bidding service, leaving a written bid with the auctioneer or online and bidding via the telephone.

Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer. This is a rising figure and there are more teenagers than children with the disease. Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to helping young people fight cancer. They fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. As well as state-of-the-art facilities to keep young patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units provide a place where young people can meet others in a similar situation. For the last ten years, longstanding patron, The Who’s Roger Daltrey CBE, has worked tirelessly to secure stellar line-ups for their flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, held in March each year. Acts to have performed in the past include The Who, Coldplay, Muse, Eric Clapton, The Cure, Paul Weller, Stereophonics, Keane, Razorlight, Jools Holland, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs. Love Hope Strength Foundation is an international music-centric cancer charity dedicated to providing innovative, music-related outreach and awareness programmes for leukaemia and cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. Love Hope Strength Foundation raises funds and awareness through special events, documentaries and media and purchase medical equipment and supplies and assists to build cancer centres. Recently working in partnership with Anthony Nolan Trust, Love Hope Strength Foundation have been running donor drives and cancer awareness programmes at gigs including the recent Squeeze tour.

Armed with the universal language of music, Love Hope Strength Foundation has engaged in the fight against cancer by hosting musical pilgrimages to remote venues like Everest base camp, The Empire State Building, Machu Picchu, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt Fuji, and has the support of all kinds of musicians from high school bands and Nepalese folk singers, to legends of rock n’ roll including Squeeze, The Cult, Stray Cats, The Alarm, Gin Blossoms, The Fixx, Nick Harper, The Levellers, Ocean Colour Scene and many more who help spread the message of love, hope and strength through music.

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For more information please contact the Teenage Cancer Trust press office on [email protected] 020 7612 0703 or [email protected] 020 7612 0715

Notes to editors: About Teenage Cancer Trust Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer. This is a rising figure and there are already more young people than children with the disease. These young people often get a raw deal, receiving hospital treatment in inappropriate facilities catering for children or the elderly.

Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. As well as state-of-the-art facilities to keep patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units provide an environment where teenagers can meet others in a similar situation.

For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity, no. 1062559 Love Hope Strength Foundation UK Love Hope Strength Foundation UK is co-founded by Mike Peters, two times cancer survivor and internationally acclaimed singer of Welsh rock band The Alarm. LHSF is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to providing support for those affected by cancer. The charity promotes innovative, music related, outreach and awareness programmes for leukaemia and cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. LHSF also run bone marrow drives at rock concerts and help to purchase medical equipment and supplies plus financial assistance in building and maintaining cancer centres.

Each year in the UK, over 250,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer affects us all. For more information on Love Hope Strength Foundation visit www.lovehopestrength.co.uk email: [email protected] 07814 404877 Love Hope Strength Foundation, is a registered charity, no. 1117505

About Christie’s South Kensington Open seven days a week, Christie’s South Kensington is the busiest saleroom in the UK, annually holding over 100 sales and offering more than 20,000 lots. The recently refurbished saleroom facilities and exhibition spaces provide one of the most accessible, well lit and welcoming sales arenas in the world, consistently attracting over 200,000 visitors a year. Interiors sales dedicated to home furnishings are held three times a month alongside monthly Sunday sales of single-owner collections, and specialised sales for the avid collector are scheduled throughout the year according to category. Every lot is beautifully illustrated in a large scale magazine-style catalogue and in an online e-catalogue. Christie’s South Kensington appeals to a worldwide audience – in 2009 bidders originated from over 50 countries, with around 20% of bidders taking part in auctions from the comfort of their own home or office, using Christie’s unique online bidding facility, Christie’s LIVE™.

For more information on Christie’s visit www.christies.com email: [email protected] +44 (0)20 7752 3121 Ecatalogues will be available online approximately three weeks prior to each auction at www.christies.com/calendar Hard copy catalogues can be ordered by calling +44 (0)20 7389 2820

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