Gabrielle Aplin to perform at village music and drinks festival

Gabrielle Aplin
Gabrielle Aplin

A village drinks festival returns this summer bank holiday weekend and promises to be bigger than ever before.

The Betsey Wynne Drinks Festival in Swanbourne will feature the chart topping Gabrielle Aplin, and opens again on Saturday, August 29. Aplin is most famous for her debut single, a cover of The Power of Love.

Other artists performing include The Hallelujah Trails, Dana Immanuel, Wes Finch, The Folly Brothers, Merrymouth and local band Palmerson.

Saturday’s events run from 1pm until midnight, Sunday, noon to midmight, and Monday, noon to 6pm, when there is a barbecue and hog roast only.

Many major national drinks brands will be represented and 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.

Gabrielle is to present the donation from the Betsy Wynne of £3,000 on behalf of the pub’s manger, Ashley Sunderland, to Medical Detection Dogs.

Medical Detection Dogs is hoping to raise enough money to build a new bio detection unit, which would allow the charity to make a significant step forward in its cancer detection work.

The festival’s organiser, Betsey Wynne manager Ashley Sutherland, said: “We expect this 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 held a similar event in May, and had over 2,000 people through the venue over the two days of the festival. This time we are expecting as many as 10,000 people to come and enjoy the music, food and drink!

“We hope lots of families will come for some fun in the sun. Good music, good food, good company.”

Betsy Duncan Smith, wife of the work and pensions secretary, who founded the pub and named it after her colourful ancestor, Betsey Wynne, said: “It’s great to see the pub thriving and attracting people from far and wide to the festival. How terrific to have Gabrielle Aplin coming this year. What a star in our midst!”