Rebel Yell to headline at fourth Swanbourne Festival

Rebel Yell.
Rebel Yell.

The musical line-up for the fourth Swanbourne Festival has been announced.

The event, which raises funds for a number of local causes, is being held on Saturday, June 20 at Swanbourne Park.

Headlining will be Rebel Yell with performances from My Holiday Romance, Montmartre and Kobold.

Rebel Yell, an exciting new four-piece rock covers band, will be covering artists including The Who, Greenday, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Wheatus, U2, Billy Idol.

This is Rebel Yell’s third year together, but members Martyn Snapes, Paul Hemming, Dave Pusey and Caedmon Salter have united after individually pursuing distinguished musical careers.

My Holiday Romance, also a cover band featuring songs from all decades, is made up of Chris Millward, Matt MCclurg, Adam Hyde and Simon Harriott. Their diverse repertoire includes pop, rock, soul and funk.

Montmartre are a four-piece folk band from Milton Keynes consisting of Joshua Timmins, Rachel Chilcraft, Andrew Chilcraft and Olie Spring. After a string of own-release singles, they are currently recording their debut EP Dawn It Comes due for an early summer release.

Kobold’s varied repertoire of cover songs ranges from John Martyn to James Taylor, Cat Stevens to The Doors, Peter Gabriel to Lennon and McCartney, together with a sprinkling of traditional folk and some originals written by band members.

Open Air Foods will be selling locally sourced brick chicken, minute steak and picnic food to feed hungry music fans. Terrys of Swanbourne will be cooking up a hog roast with all the trimmings. A beer and wine tent and a cocktail and Pimms stall will be serving too.

Proceeds from the event will be going in part to local charity Medical Detection Dogs who train dogs to detect cancer in urine samples and to assist individuals managing long-term life-threatening conditions.

Other charity beneficiaries are the Help Olivia Walk fund, which gives financial support to 17-year-old Olivia, a talented Paralympic dressage competitor with cerebral palsy. The Puzzle Centre, which promotes and delivers early intervention for young children with autism and other communication difficulties, will also be a beneficiary.

Festival organiser, Betsy Duncan Smith, said: “We expect the Swanbourne Festival to be even better and bigger this year. It’s starting to get a name for itself locally and further afield. Glastonbury watch out!

“We hope lots of families will come for some fun in the sun. Good music, good food, good company – what more could you ask for of a summer’s evening?!”

The festival takes place from 4.30pm to 10pm.

Early bird tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for under 16s and £30 for family of five.

Tickets will be availabe on the gate at £15, £7 and £40.

Free car parking.

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