A POPULAR music festival, which gives all profits to children’s cancer research, has announced a stellar line-up including platinum selling artists and 90s legends for 2023.
More than 100 artists will perform at next year’s Teddy Rocks Festival which organisers say is set to be their “the biggest year yet”.
Headliners for the tenth edition of the non-profit festival include indie rock favourites Feeder, popular singer songwriter Jake Bugg, Reading rockers The Amazons, Dutch stars Vengaboys, successful boy band East 17 and hip-hop group Goldie Lookin Chain among others.
The festival will continue to raise money for children’s cancer charities when held from April 28 to 30 at Charisworth Farm in Blandford.
Founded by Tom Newton in 2011 after he lost his 10 year old brother Ted to a rare bone cancer, the Teddy Rocks Festival has raised more than £460,000 since its inception.
Starting as a gig in a pub, the family friendly festival is now a three-day outdoor camping event with six stages, a funfair, shops and stalls, and a selection of gourmet food traders.
Ahead of the tenth hosting of the festival, Tom Newton said: “It has been an absolute rollercoaster taking this festival from the back room of a pub to where it is today. There have been some big lows and some unbelievable highs throughout.
“We have built an incredible team of volunteers who all share the same passion and vision to do good, so to be here launching our tenth Teddy Rocks is amazing. I’m really excited to see the event take on the next chapter and provide critical support for children and their families battling cancer.”
Last year’s event was the first time the festival had been held since 2019 due to the pandemic.
Close to 8,000 people are estimated to have attended the festival, including NHS staff who were accommodated for free.
£60,000 was raised for charity last year, and organisers want to breach the £100,000 mark for 2023’s event – having last done so in 2019 when £107,000 was raised.
Visit teddyrocks.co.uk for more information.