A DORSET music festival which has raised more than £100,000 for a children’s cancer charity, looks set to be bigger and better than ever this year.

Now in its sixth year, Teddy Rocks Festival (TRF) has secured two internationally known rock bands Welsh rockers, Feeder, and Northern Irish alternative band, Ash, who will be taking to the stage over the first May bank holiday weekend.

Feeder who will headline on Saturday, first shot to fame in 1996 with their highly acclaimed debut EP Swim. Since then the band has has released nine studio albums and accumulated 25 top 75 singles. In 2016, Feeder achieved their seventh top 10 album.

Ash who will perform on Sunday, had their first chart success with Girl From Mars in 1996 in the same year their album 1977 was named by NME as one of the 500 greatest albums. Ash has gone on to have 18 songs in the Top 40 UK Singles Chart and two platinum-selling albums.

TRF started in a country pub in North Dorset in 2012. Founder Tom Newton, 28, wanted to support the charity Teddy20, started by his parents to raise money for children and families fighting cancer.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce these names, with more acts being announced in the coming weeks.

“Every year Teddy Rocks has exceeded what I thought was possible and I continue to be blown away by the amount we raise every year, and the love that people have for this festival. I’m looking forward to 2018, the site is going to be bigger than ever, with more on offer and even a few surprise acts planned.”

All profits are donated to Teddy20. In 2016 the festival relocated to bigger premises and secured a permanent license at its new home, Charisworth Farm at Blandford Forum.

The festival runs from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6. Tickets available from teddyrocks.co.uk.