After nearly a decade-long hiatus, Manchester rock favourites Doves announced a reunion show to play Roger Daltrey’s annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows, headlining Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 March 2019.
This marks the first time the rock trio comprising of Jez Williams, Andy Williams and Jimi Goodwin has played together since October of 2010 during their tour to promote their last album, Kingdom of Rust.
The band also announced they will be supporting Noel Gallagher at Dublin Malahide Castle in July of 2019.
“We’re honoured that Doves will break their hiatus at the invitation of our honorary patron, Roger Daltrey!,” the band’s Twitter read.
Other confirmed acts on the bill include 90s pop group Take That, D&B quartet Rudimental, Irish pop act The Script, and 80s folk-rock act The Levellers.
“Many people will not be aware that Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that receives no government funding and is dependent on raising money from the public to provide vital wards and nursing care which are a lifeline for young people with cancer,” Daltrey said. “I’m incredibly grateful to all of the artists who’ve given up time in their busy schedules to help young people with cancer get the specialist care they deserve.”
Shortly before the Cancer benefit gig was announced, fans had started an online petition urging the band to reunite.
Since releasing their debut EP Cedar in 1998, Doves topped the UK charts throughout the 2000s over the course of four studio albums: 2000’s Lost Souls, 2002’s The Last Broadcast, 2005’s Some Cities, and Kingdom of Rust in 2009.
Following their hiatus in 2010, the bandmates have stayed active pursuing their own projects, with brothers Andy and Jez Williams forming a new outfit called Black Rivers and Jimi Goodwin releasing his solo album Odludek in 2014.
In 2012, EMI International compiled the group’s early recordings as part of five album anthology that spans their first four studio albums, as well as their 2003 reissue of Lost Sides.
Visit the charity’s official site for more details.