MPs get ready to rock at village festival

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The world’s first and only Parliamentary rock band is headlining at a village festival on Saturday, June 21.

MP4 The Band take to the stage at the third Swanbourne Festival. In MP4 are Kevin Brennan MP on guitar and vocals, former MP Ian Cawsey on bass guitar and vocals, The Rt Hon Greg Knight MP on drums and percussion and Pete Wishart MP on keyboard.

Formed in 2004, MP4 have helped to raise over £1 million for charity since their first gig.

With a growing fanbase, they have regularly performed before ministers and MPs as well as the public.

In 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron praised the fundraising efforts of MP4 and bought a copy of the band’s newly-released second album, Cross Party. Labour leader Ed Miliband also supports the group’s fundraising efforts.

Other highlights of the Swanbourne Festival include Derbyshire-raised singer-songwriter James Harker, top London singer Charlotte Wheatley and five-man band Palmerston.

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, while the Swanbourne Bakery will have delicious home-made savoury and sweet treats for sale.

A beer and wine tent and a cocktail and Pimm’s stall will be on hand for refreshments.

Proceeds from the event will be going in part to two local charities – Great Horwood-based Medical Detection Dogs and the Puzzle Centre at Middle Claydon.

The Swanbourne Fesitval is from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets on the gate, £10 per person or £25 for a family of four.

Organiser Betsy Duncan Smith said: “We hope lots of families will come for some fun in the sun – British weather permitting, of course – and a great evening out for everyone.