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Teddy Rocks Announce Full Line Up

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Skindred, Terrorvision, The Skints, Newton Faulkner, A, Black Futures and more join headliners The Amazons and The Fratellis at Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset on May 1- 3. Teddy Rocks Festival started from humble beginnings in a country pub, The Greyhound Pub in Blandford, North Dorset in 2012. Founder of TRF, Tom Newton (29), wanted to help fundraise for the charity Teddy20 which was started by his parents to raise money for children and families fighting Cancer after the sad loss of his brother, Ted Newton, who was 10 years old when he lost his life to a rare bone cancer.

In 2016, Teddy Rocks moved to a bigger site to increase capacity and in 2017 the festival took the plunge and relocated to an even bigger premises and secured a permanent license at its new home, Charisworth Farm, in Blandford Forum, Dorset,  where it can offer weekend camping and car parking alongside 4 stages and a host of food vendors, bars, and activities.

In 2019, the festival raised a whopping £107,943.  To this day all profits received from the sale of tickets are donated to Teddy20. The festival has raised over £250,000 with help from previous headliners which include: The Darkness, The Zutons, Feeder, Ash, Twin Atlantic, Modestep, Scouting For Girls, From The Jam, The Hoosiers, and Don Broco. In 2016, Tom Newton was awarded The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Meridian West region and Fundraiser of the Year by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105.

“This years line up is something we are super proud of! We are honoured to have The Fratellis with a huge catalogue of hits and a great live show -  we cannot wait to bring them to Dorset. The Amazons have been doing huge things and smashing the tour circuit. With our production team on the case, it will be one hell of a show. Most importantly, It’s a truly wonderful way to keep Ted's memory alive - Teddy Rocks Founder, Tom Newton

There will be over 100 acts performing across the weekend with 4 stages, outdoor bars, incredible food stalls and lots of family-friendly activities.


Friday May 1st


The Wurzels

Gaz Brookfield

Black Water County


Saints of Sin


And more across the festival site...


Saturday May 2nd


The Ted Newton Stage


The Amazons



Dream State

The Snuts

Lauran Hibberd

Chapter and Verse

We Broke Free DJ’s


VocalZone Stage


The Bottom Line

Black Futures


Seething Akira

Death By Shotgun





The Bigman Stage


Know Your Enemy


The Gusettes

Tenacious G




The Vixens

Codename Colin

(Afterparty set from We Broke Free DJ's)


Merry Woodland Stage (A mix of bands, acoustic acts, circus performers and poets)


Alex Roberts


Fly Yeti Fly

The Midnight Alliance

Chris Woodford

Yeti Bianco

Dr Beatroot

Clic Sargent Music Programme

Kieran Knowles

Carl’s Comedy Club

Ant Lewis

The Vocal Minority

Ben Jones


The Yoga Movement


Sunday May 3rd


The Ted Newton Stage


The Fratellis

Newton Faulkner

The Skints


Sam Duckworth (Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly)


Lottery Winners

We Broke Free DJ’s


VocalZone Stage





Sinful Maggie


Bellevue Days


Fissure Of Riddles


The Bigman Stage


Cydonia Knights


Tom Jones (Tribute)

Hightown Parade

The Mistakes

The Last Resort

Those Restless Knights

Empire Affair

The Quest

Afterparty set from One Word


Merry Woodland Stage



Grizzly & The Grasshoppers

Mother Ukers

Matt Black

The Bomo Swing

We Afro Tallawah

Chris Payn

Sixteen String Jack

Si Genaro

Johnny Phillips

Krista Green

Brothers Grimmer

Mr Pacho


Chris Rigby and Alasdair Keddie ( Green Party & XR)

The Yoga Movement


There will also be Teddy Raves - an area which will feature the best in Trance, Dance and Drum ‘n Bass.




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Racing through two months' worth of discs this Friday afternoon so as to make up for losing a Friday to the second week of the Easter holidays in a fortnight's time. Convoluted? It makes sense to me at least.
January 2018 then and first up, on orange vinyl, are The Amazons who it seems are much loved by those at Flying Vinyl, having had an offshoot special release too. Brave folks in this era to name yourself after a tax-dodging retail outlet we love to hate but up to them. Musically I'm left cold right away by the piano-driven 'Palace' (assumed to be the song on the side labelled with the image from the front of the cover). 'Ultraviolet', listed in the booklet as the initial track is definitely worthier of that position, anthemic as it aims to be. It's also indistinguishable from the rest of it's ilk. If you're the right age it'll probably be a favourite for a few years and you'll ask 80 year old Steve Lamacq to play it for you for some nostalgia when you first become a father or mother but I've no need to keep it. The band's site shows they have a new album due out next month so no doubt live shows will coincide.
Nia Wyn brings Duffy to mind (& what's she up to now?) The phantom of BBC Introducing hangs over her, like it did Isaac Gracie the other week.'Do You Love Enough' has a pleasant beat to it and is a wee bit haunting vocally but overall it's pretty thin stuff. 'Help Me' sounds a bit more like Janis Joplin but that's never a positive from my point of view. Again the beats are okay but it doesn't grab me so up for sale it goes. From a look online Nia appears to have not been up to much in the last 15 months but she does have a gig in Brighton in May.
Demob Happy get transparent green for their weighty outing 'Be Your Man' b/w 'Dead Dreamers'. QOTSA are a very obvious influence here. Which is all well and good but does it inspire me to seek out an album's worth of material by them? The A side overstays its welcome and the B side sounds too much like Muse for my taste so another for sale. The band are touring the USA throughout this coming May.
Violets' 'Falling In Time' is another glacial, smooth ,'80s-like piece of pop, suitable for the background in a TV drama but not much else. 'Bodyshock', on the reverse, is equally unshocking. The disc was apparently last bought on Discogs for 60p in January this year so looks like it's the flea market box for it. Typically it's not easy to find an online presence for their name so no idea what they're up to at the moment.
Finally this month we come to Luke Marzec's 'Another Guy' and 'Say One More Time'. The A side's a minimal electronic effort with him singing for our understanding over the limited beats and synths. The B side is even more minimal. Music to go to sleep to. Another one for the flea market as, despite his  supposed "host of loyal listeners" no one's bought a copy from Discogs since last August and even then it commanded less than £3. Facebook shows Luke had a new song out last month.


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