BOX Rocks has been bringing in sell-out crowds to the small Wiltshire village for over twenty years and next week’s festival promises to be their biggest yet as eight bands play over eight hours – all in aid of raising money for the Royal United Hospital.

The event first started out at the Queens Head as a small, intimate gig hosting a few bands which performed on the pub roof overlooking the gardens and car park.

After the festival grew in popularity and a growing audience, organisers relocated the acts towards the car park which led to it being in its current form with a whole host of acts performing at the Bank Holiday Monday event.

Throughout this time the show has been able to raise money for local causes and the RUH and for the last 12 years, organisers have raised over £25,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal.

As a result of their fundraising success, they were recently presented with a senior community partner plaque which honoured their ongoing support to the charity.

Event organiser Dean Creighton said: “The organisation side of the event has been going really well and we have a fantastic crew of people and without them I couldn’t make Box Rocks happen.

“We are hoping that the rain stays away and that the weather is nice and clear on Monday but come rain or shine it will still go ahead and I think it would take a tornado to stop us.

“We’re really excited about the line up this year and we are always trying to set ourselves apart from other shows by finishing off the day with a show.”

Acts which have passed through the festival include rock legends The Crinklies and The Rockin' Horrors.

This year, acts include Blue Dog, Reloaded, Suzy Conrad, Sloes and to end the evening The Corporations will be making a return to show Saturday Night Fever.

Mr Creighton added: “I think we are one of a few small festivals that have been streaming the day online and we get hundreds of people watching some from even Los Angeles and all over the world so we like to give them shout outs with the crowds.

“People turning up on the day depends all on the weather and in recent years when it was chucking it down, it was heart warming to see that the car park jam-packed with people dancing in the rain. We hope people realise that we will have fun and get on with it whatever the weather.”

All the money raised through gate sales will directly go towards the charity – something which Mr Creighton believes every little helps.

“I always say to people that if they want to do something for charity, do something they enjoy so if it is music, come along on Monday.”

The festival kicks off from 2-10.30pm with tickets costing £4 for adults and £2 for children.

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