Noel Gallagher: ‘All the middle class bands wriggled out of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs’

Organiser claims lots of bands said yes to appearing then were unavailable later on

Noel Gallagher has said that it was only the “middle class” bands that refused to play at the forthcoming Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Gallagher, standing in for The Who’s Roger Daltrey, has curated a week of huge shows at the London venue, including headline appearances from Kasabian, Paul Weller, Primal Scream and Noel himself. Speaking to Shortlist about how he arranged the all-star bill, Gallagher said that he had spoken to artists personally backstage at festivals during the summer of 2012 and had verbal agreements from lots of artists who subsequently “wriggled out” of appearing.

“I’d talk to Ed Sheeran and Mumford And Sons thinking, ‘I’ll just do the fucking seven nights myself, what the fuck am I asking these people for?’ and I got turned down a lot. Everybody says yes to your face. Everybody. And then the agent will call, and their management will call and then their PR will call and say, ‘Ah, they’re going to be in Australia at the time.’ Really? Well they never said that to me. What’s interesting is all the working class bands said yes straight off the bat, no fucking inkling of when it was. The middle class bands said yes and wriggled out of it. I dunno what that means, but it must mean something. It was an interesting summer. But I will say, if the people that blew me off but said they’ll do it next year actually do it, it might be the greatest event since Woodstock.”


Among the artists Gallagher revealed he had approached but were too busy were Metallica and Jake Bugg. Noel also revealed that he is planning a series of smaller gigs in the week leading up to the Royal Albert Hall shows to offer younger fans and newer bands an opportunity to be part of the fundraising.

“There’s a whole raft of new bands like Temples and Tame Impala who won’t be able to sell out the Royal Albert Hall. So what we’re going to try, in the week leading up to the Albert Hall gigs, is take over a smaller venue, such as the 100 Club and let young bands do a week. Because I think if we bring it to a younger audience, it will be better for the charity in the long run.”

The 2013 Teenage Cancer Trust gigs will see a raft of huge names perform including Noel Gallagher supported by Damon Albarn and Blur’s Graham Coxon. Ryan Adams, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Russell Brand and Noel Fielding will also perform across the week.

The line-ups for the Teenage Cancer Trust shows are:

Thursday March 19
Ryan Adams
plus special guest Beth Orton

Wednesday 20
An evening of comedy with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and very special guests


Thursday 21
Primal Scream
Plus special guests Echo And The Bunnymen

Friday 22
plus support from Dark Horses

Saturday 23
Noel Gallagher
plus special guests including Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon
plus Gruff Rhys

Sunday 24
Rizzle Kicks

Monday 25
Paul Weller
plus special guests Palma Violets