New all-day festival goes green thanks to generosity of Swindon company

By Barrie Hudson - 23 August 2021

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  • Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves are among the acts lined up

    Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves are among the acts lined up

An all-day festival in the Town Gardens in aid of Prospect Hospice has been given its green credentials thanks to Swindon company Hills Waste Solutions.

  • The late David Young - the festival is a tribute to him

    The late David Young - the festival is a tribute to him

The 'My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival’ will be held at the Town Gardens Bowl on Saturday, 28 August, from midday until 10pm.
The charity festival, being run by the people behind The Swindon Shuffle in partnership with South Swindon Parish Council, is being held in tribute to Dave Young, the former landlord of The Victoria and 12 Bar, who sadly died in early June at the Prospect Hospice after a hard-fought battle against cancer.
Shrivenham Road-based Hills Waste Solutions have now come forward to generously donate the general waste and recycling facilities for the event.
Neil Robbins, Sales Manager, said: “Hills Waste Solutions is proud to support this event in memory of Dave Young who was a popular member of the local Swindon music scene.
“We have worked closely with the event organisers to ensure that all waste generated on site will be handled in the most environmentally-friendly way with plenty of ‘disposal stations’ strategically placed across the site. 
“We hope that all those who attend the event have an enjoyable time and lots of money is raised for this charity event.”
Organiser Ed Dyer said: “We can’t thank Hills Waste Solutions enough for their generous support.
“It was always our intention to be as responsible as possible to the environment around us so we are thrilled that Hills have come forward.”
The festival organisers are made up of several key members of the Swindon music scene including the people behind Swindon Shuffle, as well as Andy Loddington, the man behind Summer Breeze, and Jamie Hill, the editor of The Ocelot. They are also working very closely with Anna Sprawson, the widow of Dave Young.
The stellar musical line up is headed by David’s former band The Boys From County Hell, an Irish Folk-Punk band in the vein of The Pogues, who toured the UK and internationally to huge acclaim and who are reuniting for the occasion to perform for the first time in more than a decade.
Joining them will be Dave’s last band, the legendary punk covers outfit The Chaos Brothers along with Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, with whom he toured the UK as sound engineer.
Also featuring are a host of acts who were all championed by David in one way or another during his time as a cornerstone of the local music scene and includes parody party covers act Kova Me Badd, ska-punk band Slagerij, THUD! will also be playing, as well as blues-funk three-piece Hip Route and reggae act The Erin Bardwell Trio, plus many more.
As well as the music there will be plenty of activities for all the family and food and drink from a variety of locally based vendors, including a licenced bar.
The 'My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival’ will be held at Town Gardens Bowl on Saturday 28 August, from midday until 10pm.
Tickets are available online via or in person at Holmes Music and The Tuppenny in Swindon and Sound Knowledge in Marlborough.
Adult Ticket (18+) - £20
Concession Ticket (10-17 years) - £12
Child Ticket (Under 10 years old) – Free
Family Ticket – two adults and two concessions - £50
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