SQUEEZE front man Chris Difford says he has heard about the special atmosphere at The Concert At The Kings and is looking forward to appearing in All Cannings, near Devizes.

The man behind songs such as Up The Junction and Cool For Cats has appeared on stages all over the world but is relishing appearing in a field at the back of the Kings Arms pub on May 30 for Rock Against Cancer.

He said: "We were asked to perform a couple of years ago but it didn't fit in with our schedule. We were asked again this year and we could make it so I am looking forward to it.

"I have heard that the atmosphere is great so I can't wait to feel it for myself. I think it is for a fantastic cause. There are not many people who don't know someone who has been affected by cancer so it will be good to be supporting the charities."

Difford and Glen Tilbrook, who first got together in 1973 after Difford put up a notice in newsagents' window advertising for members for a band that did not even exist, were hailed as the new Lennon and McCartney. They have been back collaborating on a new album which is due for release in September.

Difford said he expected to perform the title track from the album From The Cradle To The Grave at All Cannings along with the hits that made the band famous.

He was also pleased Squeeze's music is to feature heavily in a new BBC comedy of the same name which is based on radio presenter and writer Danny Baker's autobiography Going To Sea In A Sieve.

He said: "It is our first new album for 15 years and it will be out in September. We have been in the studio recording and then we will be out touring in the autumn. I am looking forward to it but performing live is physically exhausting."

He said that he had been going to the gym every day in preparation, then added: "Yes I am just joking."

Difford and Tilbrook had a period where it was reported they had fallen out but Difford said the break from writing together had done them good.

When asked if they had rowed or were just getting on with different things in their lives, he said: "It was a bit of both but that sort of break gives you time to reflect and it has allowed us to come up with something fresh."

He said the lyrics for Up The Junction had not come from personal experience. He said: "I was too young then to have had that sort of experience. It was just observational. That is the way I like to write."

All Cannings will also be one of the last appearances of bass guitarist John Bentley with the band.

He has been back with Squeeze for eight years but is set to leave after the Wickerman Festival on July 24.

Also in the line-up for this year's Concert At The Kings are Lindisfarne, Howard Jones, Sweet and Animals and Friends.

Over the past four years the concert has raised more than £70,000 for charity and this year organisers have decided proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Above and Beyond, Oncology Bristol and a large donation will be made to causes in and around All Cannings.

The Rock Against Cancer event was the idea of sound man John ‘Grubby’ Callis, Andy Scott of the The Sweet and Richard Baulu, landord of the Kings Arms, after Callis and Scott were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Tickets are on sale at the website concertatthekings.co.uk at £51.50 for adults, £20.75 for children or £257 for VIP tickets.