My Dad's Bigger Than Your Dad Festival reveal the first of the stellar acts for 2023

By Jessica Durston - 20 December 2022

Arts and Culture
  • Imperial Leisure

    Imperial Leisure

The team behind all-day music extravaganza My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival have today revealed the first of their line up and already 2023’s event looks set to be even better than its first two years.

The Real Cheesemakers

The first to be announced is the festival’s headline act, Imperial Leisure.

Imperial Leisure are a party band born out of school friendships, forever evolving their style but sticking true to their reputation for delivering fun and high energy live performances. Festival specialists, the music in part is a fun-loving throwback to the British 2-tone ska era delivered with 90s punk and hiphop attitude.

The band played for Dave Young at The Victoria back in 2012, when they were supported by local ska-punk legends, Slagerij, who played My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad festival in 2021.

Also confirmed as joining them on the day are Wiltshire’s self-described “purveyors of nonsense, top-quality rubbish and the finest wallop of cods”, The Real Cheesemakers, and longtime friends and songwriters Joseph James and James Cameron with their band True Strays bringing a heady dose of Americana Roots Rock and Roll to the stage.

Co-organiser Ed Dyer said: “We are beyond excited to be bringing Imperial Leisure back to Swindon. They are one of the best festival bands around and will close out the night with a bang.

"We are also excited to continue our tradition of bringing the best the local music scene has to offer and are looking forward to Wiltshire acts like True Strays and The Real Cheesemakers joining the party. We can’t wait to reveal more of the local acts we will be working with.”

My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival, organised in association with South Swindon Parish Council, is to be held at The Old Town Bowl on Saturday 22 July 2023, and will again take place over two stages with acts performing on the Old Town Bandstand acoustic stage and the main stage in the Old Town Bowl.

The festival will also see plenty of activities for all the family, including the return of the popular indie market, as well as food and drink from a variety of locally based vendors.

This will be the third year of the festival which was organised in tribute to Dave Young, the former landlord of The Victoria and 12 Bar who died in early June 2021 at Prospect Hospice after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

Prospect Hospice, based in Wroughton, provides palliative and end of life care for people across the region and has to raise the majority of its costs through fundraising.

To celebrate today’s announcement there is a flash sale on tickets for next year’s event running between now and New Year’s Eve.

Individuals can get their tickets now by visiting the website or

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