Like many men of a certain age, a Worcestershire dad is eyeing up a motorbike to rev up his leisure time.

But Dave Southam is already really rocking his world.

The boss of a northern European sales team is preparing to whip up the crowds as the lead singer of The Killers tribute band Sam’s Town and that’s not all.

He’ll be making his big debut when the band headlines at the mammoth Upton-upon-Severn Drunken Monkey Rock Festival.

What’s more, it will be the first time he’s sung in public, other than with pals, the odd karaoke blast and a couple of warm up gigs, so it will be a real baptism by fire.

“Blame the midlife crisis,” smiles Dave, 37, who lives in the town with Worcester hair and beauty salon owner wife Bex and their 16-year-old son Herbie.

“I work long hours and wanted a bit of an escape by doing something that took me out of my comfort zone. This does!

“I’m used to giving work presentations to hundreds of people but this is something else - nerve-wracking but also exciting.”

He’s better known to Festival goers and fellow committee members as Dave the Gate, a dedicated volunteer marshalling hundreds of cars and fans.

Now he’s Dave The Killers expert, spending hours studying the music to perfect his Brandon Flowers’ role to be pitch perfect.

The August 2-4 Festival ( is the sixth organised by volunteers in memory of Ian Downton to raise funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance charity. Committee members have this year renamed the main stage the Ian Downton Stage as a fitting tribute to their friend. Last year’s event stumped up more than £9,000, bringing the total to £31,000 for the charity.

Tickets are available from the festival website or