Ed Sheeran to play Teenage Cancer Trust gigs in March

29/01/14

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and OneRepublic have all been confirmed for this year's Teenage Cancer Trust gigs.

The Cure and Suede are also on the line-up for the concerts, which take place at London's Royal Albert Hall between 24-30 March.

There will also be a night of comedy including Jason Manford, John Bishop and Patrick Kielty.

Acts who have played the shows in the past include Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Florence and The Machine.

Ed Sheeran will kick off the week of concerts and it could be the first time the singer plays his new material.

He has promised his new album will be released in the next few months.

Paolo Nutini
Image caption Paolo Nutini is also on the line-up for the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs

"When Noel [Gallagher] asked me to play last year I couldn't as I was touring Australia," he said.

"I promised him and Roger [Daltrey] that if they wanted me another time I'd be there, so here I am.

"I'm the same age as some of the people the charity helps and it's a real honour to be asked."

The event is curated by Roger Daltrey from The Who, who is the patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The charity has raised more than £17 million for young people with cancer since it was launched in 2000.

"Over the years we've had so many memorable moments," said The Who frontman.

"These include Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn appearing together for the first time.

"These moments are amplified by the wonderful young people I have met.

"With their incredible vigour and positivity as inspiration, we aim to keep Teenage Cancer Trust leading the world in cancer care for this age group."

The full dates are as follows:

Ed Sheeran - 24 March

An evening of comedy with Jason Manford, John Bishop, Micky Flanagan, Patrick Kielty, Rob Beckett and Hal Cruttenden - 25

Paolo Nutini - 26

OneRepublic - 27

The Cure - 29

Suede's Dog Man Star 20th Anniversary - 30

Tickets go on sale on 31 January at 09:30

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