Summer of love will help raise money for charities

This Is Wiltshire: The Shudders perform at last year’s SOLAM The Shudders perform at last year’s SOLAM

AS WELL as keeping music fans entertained, a local summer festival will boost funds for two charities this year.

The Summer of Love and Music Festival, which takes place at Roves Farm from August 10 to 12, will be raising money for the Swindon Carers Centre and Golden-har Family Support.

The event, dubbed Swin-don’s Woodstock, will see more than 50 bands playing on three stages.

Melanie Stanbury, community fundraising chairperson for Swindon Carers Centre, said: “We are absolutely blown over that the festival will be in aid of the carers’ centre.

“We are trying to get SOLAM to be one of the recognised festivals in and around Swindon – because we are on the outskirts, it would be fabulous to see people come from Chippenham, Cirencester and Oxford.

“It is a wonderful family friendly festival and there will be lots going on, we’ll have face painting, braiding, a little fairground and different amusements for children. It is really important that it appeals to all ages, I think we should go back to the olden days when family was so important.

“Any money raised from the event would go towards all the carers’ breaks, funding the advice centres that we have and accreditation for professional companies, so it would be going towards a very good cause.”

SOLAM kicks off on the Acoustic Stage at 7pm on August 10 and from 10am on August 11 and 12, there will be a British Invasion with tributes to Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Kinks, Donovan, Pink Floyd and many other bands.

To view the festival line-up, visit www.solam.co.uk where you can look for your favourite bands and purchase tickets while you’re there.

Tickets can be also be bought from Holmes Music on 01793 502948 and Riffs Bar on 01793 778304.

Tickets cost £10 for Friday, £25 for Saturday and £25 for Sunday.

Weekend Tickets can be purchased for £40 per person including camping from noon on Friday until 10am on Monday, August 13.

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