THERE’S just 24 hours to go until what organisers promise will be “the biggest and best Teddy Rocks Festival”. Rock royalty The Darkness and indie band The Zutons are headlining this year’s event which kicks off tomorrow.

Split across four stages, more than 80 acts will perform at the family-friendly festival at Charisworth Farm, Blandford over the bank holiday weekend including a mix of internationally recognised artists, up-and-coming breakthrough acts and local talent.

Headlining the main stage on Saturday, May 4 is The Darkness, who shot to fame in 2003 with their single I Believe in a Thing Called Love, from their number one UK album Permission to Land.

Closing the event on Sunday, May 5 is indie rock band, The Zutons, who are best known for their chart-topping songs Valerie and Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love? Other acts include Phil Campbell, the guitarist from iconic metal band Motorhead, and Dancing in the Moonlight singers, Toploader.

Other acts include, The Dirty Youth, Fatherson, Bloxx, Bang Bang Romeo, Press to Meco, Louis Berry, Lounge Kittens, plus there will be tribute acts to Oasis, Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Blink 182, Foo Fighters and Limp Bizkit.

Founder and festival director, Tom Newton, said Teddy Rocks Festival 2019 is shaping up to be their biggest and best yet.

“With such organic yet quick growth due to our fantastic sponsors and volunteers, we are on track to raise our biggest amount yet to support Children’s Cancer charities through Teddy20.

“This is a festival with the biggest heart offering you an incredible reasonably priced event for a wonderful cause. Please grab your tickets and join our fight.”

There will also be yoga, a planetarium, axe throwing and a circus workshop on Saturday and fire shows on Friday and Saturday.

Tom added: “We have worked tirelessly to ensure that there is something on offer for everyone and hope to welcome a record-breaking number of visitors over the weekend.”

May 4, The Darkness. Their debut album charted at number 1 and went on to sell over 1.5million copies, making them household names. They’ve headlined Reading and Leeds Festival as well as selling out venues across the country and now we welcome them to Teddy Rocks.

May 5, The Zutons. After an eight year hiatus the Liverpudlian rock band are back. Their debut album sold over 600,000 copies in the UK, spawning hits such as You Will, You Won’t and Pressure Point. Following on from their debut the band released Valerie as a single, which was subsequently covered by Amy Winehouse, and became one of the biggest songs of this millennium.

The festival is named after Ted Newton, who died aged 10 from a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.