Topshop and Teenage Cancer Trust unite for Summer bandstand picnics throughout the UK in June

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This year, throughout the month of June, Topshop will be hosting Topshop Bandstand Picnics for Teenage Cancer Trust. These will be a series of gloriously unique outdoor picnic events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust featuring the cream of the new musical crop performing in the loveliest green spaces in:

  • London, 12 June
  • Bristol, 13 June
  • Liverpool, 19 June
  • Birmingham, 20 June

Tickets are now on sale


Kicking off on June 12 in the lush environs of Regents Park, we’ll find a mix of white hot musicians and DJ’s playing live to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Musicians such as electro trio of the moment Chew Lips, Welsh indie popstars Los Campesinos!, hotly tipped dream Summer Camp, rapidly ascendant pop-rockers I Blame Coco, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Blue Roses and the gorgeously folky haze of Goldheart Assembly, along with the likes of Girlcore, and New Young Pony Club are among others numbering the DJ ranks.

The music, however, is only part of the equation, with the surrounding locale transformed into a classic, picnic style playground. Native Faces will provide festival face decoration with Topshop Make Up, Sk8 House roller skate hire, and sports day games such as wang a welly, egg and spoon, and sack races with special prizes up for grabs. Attendees will pack up a picnic and bring along their Neon Rose picnic blanket that is available in-store when you spend £60 or more. There will be the opportunity to chill out in the sun-shade area, complete with sun-cream samples. There will also be Vitamin Water and LOLA’s cupcakes on sale with all profits donated to the charity, as well as one-off Topshop/ Teenage Cancer Trust rain ponchos, which will be on sale.

The Bandstand Picnic events will be branching out into selected stores from the 9th - 13th June and 16th – 20th June:

  • London Oxford Circus
  • Birmingham
  • Liverpool
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Newcastle
  • Edinburgh
  • Sheffield
  • Manchester Arndale
  • Glasgow will be playing host to live DJ sets, daily raffles and in-store competitions.

Supporting both the picnics and in-store activity for Teenage Cancer Trust will be a bespoke collection produced exclusively for the charity, available from 17th May. Pieces will include a kaftan, headband, summer bag and friendship bracelets all reflecting the summer trends with a percentage of sales going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Every day in the UK six young people are told they have cancer. Being a teenager is tough enough, without having to deal with a serious illness that takes away your normal life at home, at school and with friends. Young people often feel isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis and rarely meet others going through the same experience. Teenage Cancer Trust is devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer and believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer. They fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals where teenagers are treated together in an environment designed specifically for young people.

Incidence rates for melanoma (a form of skin cancer) and cases in teenagers and young adults have doubled in the last 20 years. Eighty per cent of total exposure to the sun takes place by the age of 21 and it’s the damage done to the skin in the early years that can lead to skin cancer in later life. Skin cancer is now the second most common cancer among people ages 15-34, which is why it’s so important Teenage Cancer Trust gets the message across to this age group to protect their skin in the sun. To push this message home the Summer Bandstand Picnics will include special shaded Teenage Cancer Trust areas where guests can come and relax on sun loungers with free sun tan lotion and skin care products on hand. As summer approaches it’s key to be aware and shun the burn – slap on the suncream, wear a hat or cap, cover up your skin, slip on the shades, and chill out in the shade when the sun’s rays are strongest!

Tickets will be sold for the Summer Bandstand Picnics in selected Topshop stores from May 21. They cost £10 each with 500 available for each venue. Tickets can be purchased from London, Oxford Circus store, Bristol, Cabot Circus store, Liverpool, Church Street store, Birmingham, Bullring store. All proceeds will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

LINEUP: London June 12th Regents College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NS Live: Charlotte Hatherley Chew Lips Goldheart Assembly Stricken City DJs: Special guest DJ New Young Pony Club Girlcore

Bristol June 13th Castle Park Bandstand, Castle St Entrance, Bristol BS1 (subject to licence) Live: Charlotte Hatherley Chew Lips Slow Club Goldheart Assembly DJs Cocknbullkid Goldilocks Blonde Ambition

Liverpool June 19th ‘Isla Gladstone Conservatory’, Stanley Park, Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TD Live: Los Campesinos! I Blame Coco Blue Roses Summer Camp DJs: Abi Harding & Candie Payne Blonde Ambition Plus Special Guests

Birmingham June 20th The Vale Village, Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3SX Los Campesinos! I Blame Coco Eliza Doolittle Summer Camp DJs: Broken Hearts Blonde Ambition Plus Special Guests


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