A NEWCASTLE tribute band are out to bring The Who classics to a new generation of rock fans at a charity night on Saturday to raise funds for young cancer sufferers.
The Whodlums will be recreating the glory days of Roger Daltrey and company with a concert at O2 Academy in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The four-piece band are firm supporters of the charity which helps young sufferers in the region and the money they raise will go towards the North East Board’s £100,000 fundraising target.
The band formed in 2006 in honour of The Who whose frontman Daltrey is himself patron of the Trust and endorses the band who’ll be playing their biggest gig to date.
It promises to be a rocktastic night with support being provided by Six Nowt who’ll perform ska classics in a homage to The Jam and Ska Toons.
There’ll also be a raffle to boost funds and help pay for the upkeep of the charity’s two specialist units in Newcastle, at the Great North Children’s and Freeman hospitals.
So far this year The Whodlums have raised £6,000 this year for the Trust and, putting on Saturday night’s gig free of charge, they’re aiming to hit £10,000 by Christmas.
Lead singer John Fletcher said: “We are all really excited at the prospect of playing our biggest concert to date and to do it in support of a charity as worthwhile as Teenage Cancer Trust makes it all the more special.”
There are now more young people than children with cancer – six teenagers are diagnosed in the UK every day – and the Trust’s aim is to build enough specialist units so that every teenage or young adult sufferer can be treated alongside others of their own age, instead of at facilities which cater for children or the elderly.
Tickets for the concert at O2 Academy, Newcastle, cost £10. Visit www.ticketweb.co.uk or call 08444 772 000.