Royal Albert Hall History

Our Royal Albert Hall shows have seen some of the biggest acts in the world rock this incredible venue. Relive the experience through the heritage of one of the most popular events in the music calendar.


2024 Royal Albert Hall 2024

Ahead of the 2024 shows, our honorary patron Roger Daltrey announced that after 24 years, he’s stepping down from his role at the helm of our legendary Royal Albert Hall shows. His final edition will include performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Young Fathers, The Chemical Brothers, and his own band The Who. 

Roger’s tenure in numbers tells the story of the impact he’s had since the concerts began. There have been 22 editions of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, including 132 shows, 600+ hours of live music and over 300 bands, artists and comedians. 

The shows have sold over 500,000 tickets, raising a whopping £32 million for young people with cancer and paying for over a million hours of specialist care.

As he bows out of these life-changing shows, we say thanks to Roger for all his work over the years!

Roger Daltrey

2023 Royal Albert Hall 2023

A dream-combination of legends and the hottest new acts hit the stage in 2023. Wet Leg, Kasabian, Courteeners, Joan Armatrading, Roger Daltrey,  and Underworld all played show-stopping sets. On the Tuesday night, the likes of Alan Carr, Rosie Jones and Russel Kane made sure to bring the best of the world of comedy too!

Wet Leg

2022 Royal Albert Hall 2022

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall concerts were back with a bang in 2022 with a lineup including: Yungblood, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Madness, the band that started it all - The Who, and many more.

Yungblood at Royal Albert Hall 2022


2019 Royal Albert Hall 2019

Almost two decades since the inaugural gig, an incredible line-up of stars rocked the Royal Albert Hall including Rudimental, Kevin Bridges, Tom Grennan, Take That, Doves, The Script and Levellers 

Rudimental on stage 2019


2018 Royal Albert Hall 2018

Across the week, we were lucky enough to have UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey, Russell Howard, Greg Davies, Sara Pascoe, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Courteeners, Kasabian, Def Leppard and our legendary Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey join us at the iconic venue.

Nile Rogers

2017 Royal Albert Hall 2017

We hit the incredible milestone of 100 shows at the Royal Albert Hall with the band who started it all, The Who. We were also lucky enough to have Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, Romesh Ranganathan, Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Paul Weller and Pet Shop Boys join us at the legendary venue across the week.

Ed Sheeran on stage at RAH 2017

2016 Royal Albert Hall 2016

Our 16th year featured John Bishop, The Vaccines and Everything Everything, Simply Red, Bring Me The Horizon, New Order, David Gilmour and more performing.

Bring Me the Horizon at Royal Albert Hall 2016

2015 Royal Albert Hall 2015

To mark the 15th anniversary of the very first show in 2000, all the artists who performed that special night returned to the stage; The Who, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Kelly Jones, plus many more.

Ronnie Wood with Kelly Jones - Royal Albert Hall 2015

2014 Royal Albert Hall 2014

The Cure put on a phenomenal three-hour show as part of our 2014 week of shows, which also featured Ed Sheeran and stand up from Micky Flanagan, John Bishop and Rob Beckett.

Robert Smith of the Cure on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014

2013 Royal Albert Hall 2013

“Thanks to Roger and Teenage Cancer Trust, I’ve had some of the best nights I’ve ever had on a UK stage. The people who run the charity are amazing and the kids are an inspiration,” said Noel Gallagher after another run of amazing gigs. As well as Noel, Primal Scream, Echo & The Bunnymen and Rizzle Kicks took to the stage.

Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher perform together at Royal Albert Hall 2013

2012 Royal Albert Hall 2012

Paul McCartney fulfilled his long-term ambition of playing for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Albert Hall. He said: “I’d always wanted to play for Teenage Cancer Trust but for the first few years I was away on tour and we couldn’t make it work. In 2011 I was asked to do it and couldn’t so then I got the date in my diary for 2012. You could say the whole McCartney year was based around Teenage Cancer Trust!”

Paul McCartney on stage at Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall 2002

2011 Royal Albert Hall 2011

Roger Daltrey performed The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy, and Liam Gallagher returned to Teenage Cancer Trust’s stage with new band Beady Eye across this huge week in the music calendar.

Tinie Tempah on stage at Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall 2002

2010 Royal Albert Hall 2010

Celebrating a decade of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, the 2010 line-up did not disappoint. Suede reformed after almost 10 years away from the stage, Arctic Monkeys performed for us for the first time, and The Who wrapped up the nine-night spectacular in style with a performance of Quadrophenia. Plus, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and Rhod Gilbert joined us for an evening of comedy.

Suede on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010

2009 Royal Albert Hall 2009

Florence Welch summed up what everyone was feeling about the week of entertainment supporting young people with cancer: “It’s so amazing to be here … this space, the people, for this cause - it really means so much to me.” Gig-goers were treated to an incredible night of folk music from Fairport Convention, Eliza Carthy, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, and Sterophonics and Kasabian rocked the stage.

Florence and the Machine on stage at Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall 2002

2008 Royal Albert Hall 2008

Six days of rock and comedy culminated in The Who headlining a truly special acoustic evening with Joan Armatrading, David Gray, Newton Faulkner and Amy Macdonald in 2008.

Joan Armatrading on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008

2007 Royal Albert Hall 2007

Noel Gallagher kicked of the week of Royal Albert Hall gigs with a two-night run, dedicating Don’t Look Back in Anger to the young people supported by Teenage Cancer Trust. Rocking the iconic venue that week was also Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and The Who.

Noel Gallagher on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007 with an orchestra behind him

2006 Royal Albert Hall 2006

Belly laughs shook the Albert Hall in 2006 as top comedians including Ricky Gervais, Stewart Lee, Sean Lock, Lee Mack and Alan Carr kicked off an incredible week of live gigs. Bloc Party, Razorlight and The Cure were also on the bill.

Bloc Party on stage at the Royal Albert Hall 2006

2005 Royal Albert Hall 2005

The amazing Robert Plant opened our series of shows in 2005, with top rock and comedy acts throughout. UB40 ended the week with a little help from our patron Roger Daltrey and Eric Clapton.

Robert Plant singing on stage Royal Albert Hall 2005

2004 Royal Albert Hall 2004

Aha! TV’s Alan Partridge made an appearance on stage for a series of fundraising gigs for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2004. Joining him at the iconic venue were legends Tom Jones and The Who.

Steve Cooganon AKA Alan Partridge stage at Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall 2002

2003 Royal Albert Hall 2003

An epic week of music at arguably the world’s most famous performance venue featured Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Richard Ashcroft and Doves.

Chris Martin of Coldplay singing at Royal Albert Hall 2003

2002 Royal Albert Hall 2002

“They’re one of those charities where the money gets where it’s supposed to go, and where you can really see the benefit of it,” said Paul Weller, who took to the stage with fellow rockers Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, and Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation in 2002.

Liam Gallagher at the Royal Albert Hall 2002

2000 Royal Albert Hall 2000

“The whole music industry is founded on the backs of teenagers and that’s what these gigs are all about - celebrating youth and music and at the same time raising as much money as we can for this fantastic charity. Without teenagers passion for music there would be no rock n roll!” said Roger Daltrey of The Who, summing up why he founded these now iconic series of gigs for Teenage Cancer Trust. At the inaugural concert, Roger and his band were joined on stage by Noel Gallagher, Bryan Adams, Paul Weller, Eddie Vedder, Nigel Kennedy and Kelly Jones.

The Who on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000