Monday 25th May 2020

The specially created posters depict a bedroom scene, covered with paraphernalia from each of the bands that were set to perform at the charity’s flagship Royal Albert Hall fundraiser in March. The prints pay homage to Stereophonics, Groove Armada, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Who and Nile Rodgers & CHIC. 

Each ‘In My Teenage Bedroom’ print is limited to between 50 and 100 copies and is signed* and numbered by the Sheffield born artist and the musicians themselves. Prints are unframed, A2 in size and priced at £195 with proceeds from each one going to Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Kate Collins, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

“We’ve never had to cancel our Royal Albert Hall shows before but – although the music never got to be heard and our income is suffering – it’s heart-warming to see great friends of Teenage Cancer Trust step up to help young people with cancer through our emergency appeal. We’re so grateful to Pete for creating these fabulous prints – and all the bands who have signed them – to make sure they raise much needed funds to help young people with cancer across the UK.” 

Pete McKee, who is an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust, and who has raised over £200,000 in the seven years he has supported the charity, said:  

"It’s such an honour to be involved again with Teenage Cancer Trust. The work they do and the young people they help are an inspiration. I’m always so grateful for the support of the bands who play the gigs at the Royal Albert Hall. Their willingness to sign the gig posters I create to further raise funds is wonderful. 

“Every year I try to design something completely different to anything that I have previously released. This year’s collection of gig posters are themed around teenage bedrooms as they often serve as places of self-expression, especially when it comes to musical interests, as well as acting as sanctuaries from the pressures from the world outside." 

Pete McKee’s limited edition ‘In My Teenage Bedroom’ prints can only be bought exclusively at www.petemckee.com

Prints go on sale at 10am on: 

Thursday 28 May - Stereophonics and The Who 

Friday 29 May - Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Groove Armada and Chic 

Join Pete McKee on Wednesday 27 May on Instagram Live for a cartoon masterclass. Pete will be joined by co-host Jessica – a young person supported by Teenage Cancer Trust – at 6pm on our Instagram account @teenage_cancer

Roger Daltrey, CBE, Honorary Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 

“The Royal Albert Hall shows bring so much to everyone involved, particularly for the teenagers and young adults who travel from the Teenage Cancer Trust units - they get a chance to be meet others from different parts of the country who are going through the same experience ,and momentarily forget about their cancer reality. It was heart-breaking having to cancel them, especially as 2020 marked our 20th year there. 

“Losing the £1m+ that these shows generate for the charity is an enormous blow but this, combined with the wider financial impact of Coronavirus, has meant Teenage Cancer Trust needs to find £5m if it is to protect the essential support it provides for young people with cancer within our NHS. 

“Pete McKee’s limited edition prints are superb and I want to thank everyone who buys one.

These signed posters for the shows that never happened are bound to be collectors items in the years to come. They will not only have gained an amazing piece of signed artwork, but they will also be helping Teenage Cancer Trust bridge the gap in income caused by Coronavirus and secure vital services for youngsters with cancer now and in the future.” 

Nile Rodgers said: 

“2020 was a significant year for Teenage Cancer Trust with the charity turning 30 and alongside that, celebrating 20 years of these flagship shows. It would have also been my second Royal Albert Hall gig for this great charity so it was hugely disappointing not to be able to perform. 

“Coronavirus snatched away that week of music and comedy, but it hasn’t stopped us from celebrating the achievements of the charity completely. These fab prints produced by Pete McKee allow a small part of me to mark the milestones that should have been 2020, raise awareness, and funds for such an incredibly important cause.”

Noel Gallagher said:

“As you are already aware Teenage Cancer Trust 2020 has been cancelled.

“Should you be that way inclined, you can still help the kids out this year by purchasing one of the gig posters by Pete McKee.

“On behalf of everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust, I thank you.

"Onwards.” 

Tom Findlay of Groove Armada said:

“We were incredibly excited to be making our debut for Teenage Cancer Trust at their Royal Albert Hall shows this year. It was disappointing not to be able to play this iconic venue but the sale of Pete McKee’s amazing prints, allows us to still do our bit to raise awareness of such an important cause.” 

 

ENDS  

For more information or to set up an interview with Pete McKee or a Teenage Cancer Trust spokesperson, please contact: 

Lauren Snaith, Media & PR Manager (Policy & Campaigns), on 07852 998234 or email lauren.snaith@teenagercancertrust.org  

Ruwani Purcell, Deputy Director of Communications on 07958 222580 or email Ruwani.purcell@teenagecancertrust.org  

For out of hours media enquiries, please contact the Duty Press Officer on 0757 225 1265.   

Notes to editors  

  • Pete McKee’s ‘In My Teenage Bedroom’ prints can only be bought exclusively at www.petemckee.com. They are limited to one per person and cannot be pre-ordered 
  • *Every ‘In My Teenage Bedroom’ print has been signed by artist Pete McKee.  The Who prints are signed by Roger Daltrey, Stereophonics by Kelly Jones, Groove Armada by Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher. The Nile Rodgers prints are unsigned. 
  • Pete McKee has been supporting Teenage Cancer Trust for seven years. Oasis legend and High Flying Birds frontman Noel Gallagher, who has collaborated with McKee, suggested the collaboration. Since then he has created prints marking the performances of Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, David Gilmore, The Vaccines, and others. 

About Teenage Cancer Trust 

  • Cancer isn’t stopping for Coronavirus and neither is Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise £5 million to maintain its frontline services. Donate today: www.teenagecancertrust.org/donate 
  • Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words "you have cancer".
  • Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond.
  • We do it through our expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units. And we're the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).