Johnny Marr to team up with Pet Shop Boys for Teenage Cancer Trust gigs

Paul Weller, Olly Murs Tho Who and more will also perform

The line-up for Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary run of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 has been announced, featuring the likes of The Who, Paul Weller and Olly Murs – while Johnny Marr will be teaming up with Pet Shop Boys and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Next year is a landmark for TCT, with over 225 bands and artists having played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £24 million with the likes of Muse, The Cure, Sir Paul McCartney and more. To celebrate their 100th show, The Who will be playing their classic album ‘Tommy’ in full.

Meanwhile, a true highlight of the season is Johnny Marr teaming up with past collaborators Pet Shop Boys and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


“This will be a very special night for us, performing with Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic,” said Pet Shop Boys. “We have often combined electronics with orchestrations on our records and now we’re going to do this in concert. Johnny has played on many of our albums and it will be a real thrill to have him on stage with us. The Teenage Cancer Trust is a wonderful organisation and we are delighted to be able to take part in this annual series of concerts which helps to fund their essential work.”

Marr collaborated with Pet Shop Boys for the legendary track ‘Getting Away With It’ when he formed Electronic with New Order’s Bernard Sumner. Speaking of a potential reunion with Electronic, Marr told NME: “Never say never, but we have some problems with the drum machine. It’s a legal thing.

He joked: “When we find the manual, we’ll get back together because neither Bernard or I can remember how to work it.”

The full list of upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 2 December.

Monday 27 March – Olly Murs
Wednesday 29 March – An evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges
Thursday 30 March – The Who play ‘Tommy’ *100th TCT show
Friday 31 March – Paul Weller
Saturday 1 April – The Who play ‘Tommy’
Sunday 2 April – Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra