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The Ultimate Backstage Experience

A unique event for young people who’ve had cancer to get together and enjoy one of our iconic gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2024 for free.

About the event

At the Ultimate Backstage Experience, we’ll welcome you and members of your clinical team to London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, a stunning venue with a unique history and atmosphere.

You’ll get to spend time with your clinical team as well as young people who’ve also had cancer from your region and get to know them throughout the afternoon.

Together you’ll get the chance to enjoy a workshop with the talented Royal Albert Hall team, have a behind the scenes tour of the Hall (you might even be lucky enough to hear an artist in soundcheck), as well as dinner backstage before the show.

You’ll then take your place in some of the best seats in the house – in an exclusive area near the stage – to watch the gig in style.

We’ll cover your travel and accommodation costs including a coach back to the hotel at the end of the night. The next day you will have free time to enjoy London with members of your clinical team from your region.

Places for this unique opportunity are limited. Details of who can apply are below.

When is it?

The Ultimate Backstage Experience will take place from Monday 18th March to Sunday 24th March 2024. You can find the poster here:

  • Monday 18th March: The Who with Orchestra and very special guest Squeeze
  • Tuesday 19th March: A night of comedy (line up to be announced)
  • Wednesday 20th March: The Who with Orchestra and very special guest Squeeze
  • Thursday 21st March: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with very special guest Blossoms
  • Friday 22nd March: Young Fathers plus special guests
  • Saturday 23rd March: The Chemical Brothers plus DJ James Holroyd
  • Sunday 24th March: ‘Ovation’ a celebration of 24 years of gigs for Teenage Cancer Trust with: Roger Daltrey, Kelly Jones, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller

You can find out more about the line up here.

The night you attend is already determined based on your region. The experience is more than seeing the gig, so don’t worry about who you are seeing on the night.

Who can register to attend?

You can apply to the Ultimate Backstage Experience if you:

  • Were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 13 and 24, (or were still on active treatment on or after your 13th birthday).
  • Will be between the ages of 13 and 27 on 18 March 2024.
  • Have been treated in the UK.

You must also either:

  • Have finished active cancer treatment during or after March 2022; OR
  • Currently be on maintenance treatment; OR
  • Have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant between March 2021 and March 2023 and not be on active treatment.

You will also need to:

  • Check with your clinical team that you are well enough to travel to/from London and spend a day at the Royal Albert Hall at an indoor gig with five thousand people.
  • Be confident to manage any medication that you might require as this will be your responsibility.
  • Be comfortable that this is a long two days, so you must have energy to be able to navigate London with your group and Youth Support Coordinator as well as enjoy yourself!

This opportunity is not suitable for anyone who is severely immunosuppressed and has been advised to avoid enclosed crowded spaces. There is no medical team at this event, so you must be confident that you will not require one.

Please note, we retain the right to tighten medical restrictions nearer the time in the event of a spike in Covid-19 cases and/or change in government guidelines. 

How do I apply?

To apply you need to contact your Youth Support Coordinator in your region, if you are eligible to attend your Youth Support Coordinator will send you a registration form to complete.

What happens next?

Once you have completed the registration form and submitted it, we’ll contact your Youth Support Coordinator to confirm you have applied, and if you are eligible to attend, they will confirm your place.

Each person who gets a place will only be able to attend one night of the Ultimate Backstage Experience. Each night is allocated specifically by region, so unfortunately you cannot request to attend a different night.

Frequently asked questions

Please find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the Ultimate Backstage Experience below. 

What are the behavioural criteria?

All young people, their guests, facilitators, Teenage Cancer Trust staff and venue staff have the right to be treated with respect and protected from harm wherever possible. As organisers of the Ultimate Backstage Experience, we want you to get the most out of the event. 

When registering, all participants have agreed the below behaviour criteria for both themselves and their guest in order to provide a safe environment for everyone during the event.

Requirements when attending the Ultimate Backstage Experience:

  • You must remember that you are representing Teenage Cancer Trust and you must always behave sensibly and respectfully.
  • You should comply with reasonable requests for safety and event management from Teenage Cancer Trust staff.
  • You should show respect for each other and to all staff.
  • You must use camera and social media technology responsibly, ensuring that you obtain permission before taking photographs and sharing them across internet platforms.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust actively discourages smoking and vaping. It is not allowed anywhere on site.

The following behaviours are not acceptable:

  • You will not bully, intimidate, harass or act in any way that causes harm or distress – this includes ableism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism or any other behaviour which goes against our aim of creating and promoting an inclusive event.
  • You will not have or use illegal substances or recreational drugs.
  • You will not be verbally or physically aggressive.
  • You will not bully, intimidate, harass or act in any way that causes harm or distress.
  • You will not behave in a way that is a health and safety risk to yourself and others.
  • You will not steal or deliberately damage equipment or property.

Failure to follow these criteria may result in being asked to leave the event and you may not be permitted to attend future Teenage Cancer Trust events. Any behaviour that is illegal will result in the Police being called.

This event is very kindly sponsored by our partner Domino’s pizza, who have been helping us bring young people with cancer together since 2015.

We have also received generous gift in kind support from the Royal Albert Hall engagement team to run this event.

Domino's Official Sponsor of the Ultimate Backstage Experience