The annual week of fundraising gigs in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust returns kicking off with award winning group Rudimental & friends.

It’s always a treat to attend a concert or event at The Royal Albert Hall and tonight was no exception. Excitement was high amongst the crowd while support act Ghetts whipped up the crowd. With such a hefty back catalogue and collaboration alumni, who would Rudimental be wheeling out for this very special evening?

That classic Monday night gig feeling of ‘meh’ was quickly blown out of the water this evening with support act, East London hip hop/rap star Ghett and stunning backing vocals, grabbing the audiences attention and quickly getting them hot and hopping. An audience I must say which was mixed with everything from teens to twenty somethings and beyond, to those fresh from a late finish at the office.

What a worthy cause these gigs are and Ghett, Locksmith from Rudimental and charity patron Roger Daltrey himself took time to highlight the great work the charity do.

To donate £5 to The Teenage Cancer Trust text ‘REACH’ to 70500

Rudimental arrived on stage to a raucous welcome and quickly launched in to an energetic opening… there’s no sitting down in the stalls or boxes at this Royal Albert Hall show. I love how a thoroughly modern group like Rudimental juxtapose against such a magnificent and historic building such as the Albert Hall. The acoustics here, as ever, are just divine. The boys were quickly joined onstage by Will Heard for I Will for Love, who was busting some serious moves… later returning for more and some super sax action, what a guy.

Absences from some of the groups more high profile collaborators were covered well with strong female vocal support most notably the powerful Ella Henderson who subbed for both James Arthur and Emeli Sandé at points.

John Newman’s arrival on stage was that of a hero returning from war – Not Giving In was a personal highlight – it was however his return for Feel The Love later which truly brought the house down. Current rising star Anne Marie joined the gang for Let Me Live, which delighted and showcased her vocal talents, which have earned her many fans and BRIT nominations this year.

The stage felt like a revolving door of talent with Maverick Sabre and Kojey Radical also joining proceedings – much was shared from their current record Toast to our Differences, as well as many older favourites.

All told the night was a great high energy way to kick of this brace of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs: the band, backing vocalists and support were clearly giving it their all for a great cause. With so much more to come over the next week the bar is set high. What a way to light up Monday night.

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust gigs here.

And finally, again, To donate £5 to The Teenage Cancer Trust text REACH to 70500.

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