Fans hail The Specials at the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at The Royal Albert Hall (March 29), part of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the venue. The series of gigs also included performances by Suede, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures and Arctic Monkeys.
The Specials played a career-spanning set following a support slot from The King Blues (pictured).
The Specials picked up an Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Shockwaves NME Awards earlier this year.
Specials frontman Terry Hall at the Big Gig.
The band played singles such as their two UK chart-toppers, ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Ghost Town’.
Some lucky fans got to meet Them Crooked Vultures at their Teenage Cancer Trust gig (March 22) at the Royal Albert Hall.
One girl was dressed appropriately to watch the Vultures.
Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey addresses the Albert Hall crowd. The TCT shows, which Daltrey helps organise, have become a much-loved part of the UK’s gig-going calendar.
The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding, an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust, took part in the comedy benefit show (March 23).
James Corden joins in with the fun at the Royal Albert Hall.
These New Puritans warmed the crowd up on March 24 ready for Suede to hit the stage.
The newly-reunited Suede played a storming set, with Brett Anderson leaning into the crowd for ‘So Young’.
The band played classics such as ‘Heroine’ and ‘The Next Life’ to the packed Royal Albert Hall.
Following a massive standing ovation for 1992 single ‘Metal Mickey’, Anderson told the crowd: “We haven’t finished yet!”
The band finished their set with 1996 hit ‘Beautiful Ones’ but returned for three more songs, including an acoustic ‘The Living Dead’.
Blaine Harrison performs with the Mystery Jets when they warmed the crowd up for Arctic Monkeys.
Arctic Monkeys played their regular homage to Nick Cave, their cover of ‘Red Right Hand’, at their Royal Albert Hall show on March 27.
Later they performed a down-tempo version of ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, incorporating the chorus from Patsy Cline’s ‘Strange’.
Playing songs spanning all three of their albums, the band were yet again backed by additional live member John Ashton, on piano, guitar and vocal duties.
The lucky fans at the front of the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall.
Noel Gallagher performed his first solo shows since Oasis as part of the Royal Albert Hall charity concerts on March 25 and 26. His former Oasis bandmate, guitarist Gem Archer, performed with him throughout the set.
He opened with ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’ – the B-side to Oasis’ 1994 single ‘Whatever’, which was played later in the set.
X Factor contestant Diana Vickers played a gig with Lemar on March 28 as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs.
Boyband JLS also played at the gig at the Royal Albert Hall.
Plan B supported the Oasis star at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Who were joined onstage by very special guests when they performed their rock opera album ‘Quadrophenia’ in its entirety (March 29).
The band were assisted by Kasabian’s Tom Meighan and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder during the gig.
The performance was the first time remaining original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend had played the album live since their 1990s ‘Quadrophenia’ tour.
Frontman Daltrey had previously told NME.COM it would be the last time they play the 1973 album.
Meighan was wearing a silver mod suit in a nod to the Ace Face character played by Sting in the film adaptation of Quadrophenia.