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Monday 21 February 2022.

Monday 21 February 2022. After not happening in March 2020 and March 2021 due to Covid-19, it is great to see that The Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts are returning to The Royal Albert Hall in March 2022. The iconic concert series has featured the greatest music and comedy for two decades, raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and is driven by Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron and The Who icon, Roger Daltrey CBE. I have seen two or three shows every year it has been on, as they get some great artists playing. Full show dates (March 2022): Monday 21st - Don Broco Tuesday 22nd - An Evening of Comedy hosted by Joel Dommett with special guests Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Rosie Jones, Romesh Ranganathan, Suzi Ruffell and Seann Walsh Wednesday 23rd - YUNGBLUD Thursday 24th - Madness Friday 25th - The Who (acoustic) Saturday 26th - Liam Gallagher Sunday 27th - Ed Sheeran ------------------------------ Very sad to hear of the shock death of JAMAL EDWARDS, he was only 31. British entrepreneur and YouTube star Jamal Edwards has died at the age of 31. He was the founder of SBTV, an online urban music platform which helped launch the careers of artists like Dave, Ed Sheeran and Skepta. Chart-topper AJ Tracey was one of the first to pay tribute online, tweeting "RIP Jamal Edwards, west London legend status". Edwards, born in Luton, was appointed an MBE for services to music in 2014. He also became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a youth charity run by the Prince of Wales which helps young people set up their own companies. He attended the Brit Awards earlier this month and was understood to have performed as a DJ at a gig in north London on Saturday night. No details have been released about his death, other than it happened on Sunday morning. ----------------------------------- Sunday 20 February 2022. WOLF ALICE live at Hammersmith Apollo. Wolf Alice play the last of their three sold out shows at this venue. I am back to see my second of their three shows here. We have a different support band tonight, compared to the other two nights. MATT MALTESE arrived on stage at 8pm for his 30 mins set. He has two other musicians with him , helping to play his Keane like piano based pop. He has released three studio albums. I saw him supporting LEMON TWIGS at The Roundhouse in 2019. WOLF ALICE arrived on stage at 9pm (a bit earlier than Friday) for their 80 mins set. It is the same set as Friday. Again, great to see so many young females here ,enjoying this type of band. Again, the lights on folks phones came out in unison for the first song of the encore. Another really good show.