TEDDY Rocks Festival returns to Blandford Forum this May bank holiday weekend and it's bigger and better than ever.

The festival has moved to a larger capacity site at Stour Meadows, Blandford Forum, following it's outstanding success last year.

The line-up includes headline acts The Hoosiers, a pop rock band from Bracknell who have had two top 5 hits with Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A; Don Broco, a rock band from Bedford whose current album Automatic reached the UK top 10; Gentleman’s Dub Club, a dub band from Leeds, and From The Jam, featuring the legendary Bruce Foxton.

Don Broco said: “We’re very excited to have been asked by Tom to be part of Teddy Rocks this year, an incredible event for a fantastic cause. We're all looking forward to a top weekend.”

As well as the headliners, the three-stage festival will also be welcoming acts The King Blues, InMe, Room 94, Luna Wilson, Cardinal Bay, Dead!, The Gospel Youth, Saints of Sin, The Dirty Youth, Dubheart and many more. The full line-up can be seen at http://teddyrocks.co.uk/line-up/.

Originally due to take place at the Marsh and Ham site, Teddy Rocks has now been relocated to Stour Meadows in Blandford, situated behind the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery alongside the River Stour. With an increased capacity of 2,200, the new site allows another 800 tickets to be released over the weekend for the charity event, raising more money to help fight children's cancer.

Teddy Rocks Festival was founded in 2012 by Tom Newton, who lost his 10 year old brother Ted in 2010 to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare bone cancer. Tom started off with a small gig in 2011 supported by friends and family in the restaurant area of The Greyhound pub in Blandford where £400 was raised.

This £400 was used to fund the first Teddy Rocks event at The Corn Exchange in 2012 which raised an impressive £2,500. By 2013, Teddy Rocks needed more space and moved to the outside seating area of The Greyhound raising over double compared to the previous year with £6,500. This figure was more than doubled again in 2014 with the festival raising £15,000 in 2014. In 2015, Teddy Rocks nearly doubled this, raising £24,000.

Tom commented: “Teddy Rocks has been growing every year and we’re so excited to be announcing our best line-up yet! With a bigger capacity at the Stour Meadows site, we’re giving more people the chance to see what we hope will be the most awesome festival Blandford has ever seen. We can now raise even more money to help fight children’s cancer and we have the potential to make a genuinely huge difference to more children and their families - so get out there and buy a ticket!”

All proceeds from Teddy Rocks go to Teddy20, a children’s cancer charity created by Tom and his family, registered charity number 1157122.

Tickets are now on sale at teddyrocks.co.uk/tickets