The story behind Teddy Rocks Festival


28th – 30th April. Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset

Teddy Rocks is an amazing story that started in 2011 as a small gig in a pub in Blandford. Just 6 years on, the festival has grown enormously to a full weekend camping experience, with 5 stages and over 100 acts performing across the 3 days.

The Newton family who organise the festival, founded the Teddy20 charity after losing their young son Ted to cancer. Teddy20 has since developed as an outstanding initiative that offers support to children and their families who are suffering from cancer. Watch Ted’s story below

The Vocalzone Stage

Last year, the main organiser of the festival (and Ted’s older brother) Tom, got into contact with us. Music has always been our passion, so after meeting with Tom and hearing his family’s story, the opportunity to support this great local charity festival was the easiest decision we’ve made all year!

We’ve always worked tightly with festivals over the years, but this is the first time Vocalzone will have its own stage… and we can’t wait! Get down to the Vocalzone stage to see the likes of Tigress, Our Hollow Our Home, Bowie Experience, and many more!


Our excitement is also down to the passion we have for supporting up-and-coming and unsigned artists. It’s going to be awesome to meet a whole new bunch of talented musicians, as well as finally meeting bands that we’ve worked with in the past! And not only that, but be involved in (quite literally) giving them a platform to play to new audiences.

Battle of the Bands

In the run up to the festival, we worked with the Teddy Rocks crew to organise a Battle of the Bands competition. With over 150 submissions, we whittled it down to just 16 bands from across the country to take part in 4 heats, with the winners progressing to the final.

The talent at Bournemouth’s Anvil on the night of the final was unreal. Runners up Dream State, SIN, Sirpico and Upbeat Sneakers were so good they were all invited back to play next year’s festival.

But with only one spot available on the Vocalzone Stage at TR17, it was South Yorkshire pop-punk lads, Home Wrecked that were crowned winners, and will be playing the Friday 5:15pm slot. Make sure you get to see these guys…

Grab your Tickets!

From the support the festival has been given, this year will see Teddy Rocks at its largest site yet with a capacity of 5,000! This weekend will play host to the likes of Twin Atlantic, Modestep and Scouting for Girls, not to mention the other 100+ acts. Full line up here.

And it’s not just the music, there’s fun and activities for all ages:

  •  Dodgeball
  • Zorb football
  • Gladiator jousting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Silent Disco
  • Music workshops
  • Face painting
  • Hair brading
  • Climbing wall

What more could you ask for?

If you answered “nothing, this sounds like the best festival ever”, check out the tickets that are available here, they range from £20 day tickets to £54 weekend (…and a little more for camping)

So if you’re free this weekend, come along to Teddy Rocks Festival, and help fight children’s cancer with rock!

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Written by Vocalzone