Teddy Rocks Festival

Music festival Teddy Rocks was set up in memory of Ted Newton by his older brother Tom and his family to raise money for Teddy 20, a registered charity that directly supports children and young people with cancer and their families as well as Young Lives vs Cancer.

What started out as a small gig in a local pub, Teddy Rocks is now a three-day festival in Dorset. With camping facilities, five stages and a comedy tent, the festival brings in some amazing headline artists. Teddy Rocks has previously won awards for the Best Family Festival and was the winner of the Sarah Nulty Community Impact Award in 2023. Since Teddy Rocks started, they have raised over an incredible £500,000 for charities.

We’re so grateful for all the support Tom and his family have given to Young Lives vs Cancer. It’s been amazing to watch this festival grow bigger and better each year.

This year’s festival will take place 3 – 5 May 2024.

Tickets are still available. Get yours now to support charities like ours while having fun and listening to some amazing artists.

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Ted’s story


When Tom’s brother Ted was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, the shock of the diagnosis impacted the whole family.

“Young Lives vs Cancer was there to pick up the pieces from day one. They guided us through such a turbulent time. Without Young Lives vs Cancer, I can’t imagine getting through it, simple as that. After Ted died, I left the hospital and just thought we need to do something and people just need to know about this.”

Determined to give back and support other families in the same situation, Ted’s older brother Tom set up Teddy Rocks; a music festival where the profits go directly to Young Lives vs Cancer.

It’s the only UK festival to donate 100% of its profits to charity.

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