Monday 21st December 2015

North East and Cumbria

8 of the North East's best music acts came together for a charity gig at O2 Academy Newcastle last month and raised over £10,000 for young people across the UK facing a cancer diagnosis.

The Whodlums, the UK's finest tribute to The Who, headlined an evening of Mod, R'n'B, Ska, Punk and Indie Rock n’ Roll, which raised a whopping £10,246.04 for us. Generous fans from across the North East bought tickets, enjoyed Mod-themed cocktails and took part in a raffle, helping the concert smash the previous year's record of £3,650.

Rock legend and our Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey, front man of The Who, sent his personal congratulations to everyone involved:

Thank you so much on behalf of all our young people going through cancer treatment. Your continued support enables Teenage Cancer Trust to provide them with the best possible care giving them the best possible chance. So well done on coming out on this cold Saturday night in the toon. Be happy, be healthy and, most of all, be lucky!

To celebrate, all 8 bands and all of their crew gathered for a huge photoshoot on Saturday 18 December at the O2 Academy.

John Fletcher, frontman of The Whodlums, said:

"We're just blown away by everyone's support!  It was awesome to see so many people come and rock it out with us for Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity have two wards here in Newcastle and they do an amazing job helping young people and their families through a really hard time."

O2 Academy Newcastle Assistant General Manager and Event Promoter, Phil Beevers, said: "This year has been a huge success; the mods, rockers and the punks have truly came together for this great cause. This is only the second year but we're ecstatic with the results and The 'Whodlums & Friends' looks set to become a firmly established annual event. This is just the start of many years of fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust. See you all next Year!"

Along with The Whodlums, the other bands who took to the stage were:  The Vellocette, Slow Moving Targets, Ha'waysis (Tribute to Oasis), Acoustic Weller, The Middens, Rigid Digits (Tribute to Stiff Little Fingers), Ska Toons.