Pub owner to be remembered when popular music festival returns

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The festival My father is greater than your father.

POPULAR music festival returns to Swindon next year.

My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival will return for its third year to City Gardens on Saturday July 22.

The event is organized in association with South Swindon Parish council in tribute to the former owner of the Victoria and 12 Bar, Dave Young, who died of bowel cancer at Prospect Hospice in June 2021.

The annual concert has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice in Dave’s honour.

This year’s festival attracted over 800 people and featured some of the best artists from the local music scene, including The Lost Trades, All Ears Avow and Rave Against The Regime.

Dave’s widow, Anna Sprawson, said: “We look forward to putting on the best festival possible for our third year in honor of Dave and in support of Prospect Hospice.

“We are doing everything we can to make this year the best ever, not only celebrating the local music scene in the beautiful setting of Old Town Gardens, but also supporting Prospect Hospice and raising much needed funds.

“Prospect Hospice is a wonderful organization that was there for Dave and our family when we needed them most, so every amount of money raised is a way of giving back.

“In 2022 we raised over £7,000 for Prospect Hospice and are determined to raise more than that in 2023.”

This year’s event had Future Planning as main sponsor and took place on two stages with artists performing on the acoustic stage at the Old Town Bandstand and the main stage at the Old Town Bowl.

Co-host Ed Dyer said: “We are currently doing a lot of groundwork in preparation for 2023 and can assure everyone that we will be booking the best acts possible to make this our best year ever.

“My Dad’s has become a real showcase of what the amazing artists in Swindon have to offer. It’s a real family and community festival and we are all volunteers and all proceeds go to charity.

There will be plenty of activities for all the family, as well as food and drink from various Swindon vendors, including a licensed bar and a popular craft market.

Event sponsors included Future Planning, Hills Waste, Swindon Link, Gastech, Leighton’s Opticians and Holmes Music.

Early tickets for next year’s event are available now on the website www.mydadsbiggerthanyourdad.co.uk

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