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Chew Valley pub changes its name for Gabrielle's gig

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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A Chew Valley pub which saw Kylie Minogue perform an impromptu gig in front of shocked locals back in 2010 is gearing up for another unique musical celebration.

For one night only, the Ring O' Bells in Compton Martin will become The Apl Inn, with 20-year-old Bath singer Gabrielle Aplin performing a free gig.

Gabrielle, who has already had millions of people watch her tunes on You Tube, has signed a deal with the same record label as Kylie, Coldplay and Lily Allen – Parlophone.

The singer, who releases her debut major label single Please Don't Say You Love Me on Sunday, November 18, will also fulfil a childhood dream of having her own cider named after her.

To make the gig go with a bang, she has worked with cider makers Thatchers to create her own secret recipe Aplin Cider, which will be available on the night.

Gabrielle will be joined on the Ring O' Bells stage by Irish folk-pop crossover duo Hudson Taylor. The brothers recently signed to Universal.

There will also be apple bobbing and a barbecue as the pub garden is transformed into an enchanted forest.

The reason for the unique concert is that the pub has been taken over by a group of friends, including Compton Martin resident Miles Leonard, who is president of Parlophone and Virgin at EMI Music UK.

Mr Leonard, who previously worked for Roadrunner Records and has been credited as signing and breaking artists including Gorillaz, Coldplay, Tinie Tempah, The Verve and for reviving the career of Kylie, said he wanted to transform the community pub into "a live music venue that punches above its weight" and hopes it will soon become one of Somerset's leading destination pubs.

He said: "We want to see the Ring O' Bells become a cherished community pub that we hope will also attract people from the outlying villages and further afield."

Mr Leonard said alongside musical spectaculars, visitors can expect a first-class dining experience and said he has entrusted the help of top London chef Matt Edwards to consult on the menu.

The Ring O' Bells is also hosting a grand opening on Saturday, October 27, from 1pm when Adam Henson, from the BBC's Countryfile, will be pulling pints of his Rare Breed Ale, for free, until it runs out.

There will also be animals in pens in the garden and a Shetland pony for children to ride and pet.

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