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10CC ready to rock Wickham again

By Graham Hiley

When 10CC played Wickham two years ago, it is fair to say it was something of a step into the unknown.

Even though they have a huge catalogue of instantly recognisable hits, it was a slight departure from the event’s traditional folk roots.

With only Graham Gouldman in situ from the original classic line-up, festival goers were entitled to wonder whether the band would still have the edge which made them one of the most iconic bands of the Seventies. Or would they have developed into almost a tribute band going through the motions?

There was no need to worry. Within moments of setting foot on stage, 10CC had blown away the audience – and any lingering doubts.
They produced a storming set which proved to be one of the highlights of the four days, arguably topped only by the emotion-packed set from Wilko Johnson who at the time thought he was about to die of cancer.

Pity Dexy’s. They had the unenviable task of following 10CC who played with such finesse and fire that they are now back – as Sunday headliners!

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10CC with Graham Gouldman centre

Gouldman smiled: “I remember it very well. It was a really good gig for us and for the audience. They could tell we were enjoying it and that rubbed off on them and then again on us.

“It was a really good event and a great night and we are looking forward to coming back and doing it all again.”

Even at 69, Gouldman still has as much passion for touring as he ever did – and he still never tires of playing the songs people want to hear including: I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets, Donna, Art for Art’s Sake, Wall Street Shuffle, The Things We Do For Love… and many more.

Gouldman added: “I don’t need to play these gigs; I do it because I still love it.

“A few people have come up to me after concerts and sounded almost surprised as they said I looked like I was enjoying it! I would not do it if I was not still having fun.

“In any case the audience would soon suss you out if you were going through the motions.

“I love the reaction when we play the hits so I would never not do that. I feel we have a duty to play certain songs. That is what the audience have come to hear and that’s what we give them.”

For teenagers in the mid-Seventies, it was impossible not to be caught up in the excitement over 10CC. If you did not own a copy of Sheet Music, you were excluded from all playground conversation.

Although none of the band ever craved superstardom, that is very definitely where they were heading, taking over the mantle from the Beatles with a wide variety of edgy rock songs all with their own unique style.

All four members of the band were talented writers as well as musicians and childhood friends. Gouldman and Eric Stewart would write the more catchy numbers while Kevin Godley and Lol Creme would write the more avant-garde songs.

It was a blend which worked to perfection – and yet one which ultimately ripped them apart. At the height of their success with a golden future mapped out, Godley and Creme went their own way to follow the path less trodden.

Even now, 10CC still figure prominently in social media polls about which bands fans would most like to see re-form. Sadly, that is not going to happen any time soon.

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10CC are still going strong

“I think the phrase is ‘Don’t hold your breath’. I would say the chances are very, very remote,” said Gouldman who understands the need for the question and the interest from the fans but clearly feels there is little of substance to add now.

He agreed: “It is a tragedy we are not still together and it would be great if it were possible. I am always up for things like that but I am not sure about the others.

“You are preaching to the converted here – but no-one else wants to do it. Kevin and I speak regularly and in fact he features on a video in the show we are taking on tour where we will be playing the whole of the Sheet Music album.

“I did see Lol a couple of years ago when we were recording in the same studios and we had a good chat but that’s it. We can shut the door on that now.”

Although he tries not look back and wonder what might have been, Gouldman did concede that somehow the split should have been avoided.

He added: “I do feel sad. We were all very upset when it happened and we all did everything we could to try and find a solution.

“We were under a lot of pressure to get a new album out and to tour. It had become a big machine with a lot of commitments.

“Kevin and Lol had other things they wanted to do and it was not fun for them any more. Maybe we should have indulged them so they could come back. It is just such a waste.”

Now Gouldman flies the flag alone within the band and yet the sound is as fresh and as dynamic and as irresistible as ever.

“We have been together in this format for 12 years so it should be seamless,” laughed Gouldman who is still recording his own material and plans to release it on download next year.

“I am still as passionate about music as ever. I am a lot older than I feel so I am just going to keep going.”

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    I like it, I like it a lot !!

    Well done Peter et al. If you were going to lose anyone between now and 2021 it was going to be the bigger acts that might already have had tours lined up. You're doing a wonderful job, as ever, in the face of something that must have been so disappointing and costly :-( for you x

    Good news was really looking forward to seeing him. Great work going on behind the scenes as always by Peter and the team.

    Anne Collins I know next year will be the last thing on your mind, right now, but this was the festival I was planning on this year. All of us next year?! X

    Excellent!! Well done! Was really hoping you could hang onto him.

    See you next year then. Lots of love Edward II. Xx

    On my birthday too - Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance

    Great news. Well done.😀😎😎

    So excited to finally get to see him 😎😎

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    Fantastic news - can’t wait to see Van the man !

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    He is one of my favourites

    Brilliant news. Van is my all time favourite xx

    Absolutely brilliant

    Fantastic ❤️

    Woo hoo. Good news indeed. 👏

    Skinny Lister, should be back on the road, pretty please Wickham 😁

    Get the fabulous Jack Lukeman booked as well!

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    Thank you so much for all your love & support over the past 24 hours. We really do appreciate it. We'll see you all in 2021 to enjoy the likes of The Waterboys - they've confirmed today that they'll be at Wickham on Sunday 8th August 2021. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UrXRbMYzD8 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Saving my ticket and looking forward to seeing the wonderful Mike Scott! 😍

    No clash with Cropredy weekend, so should be good for us too. Might still take up our 2 nights at the Shedfield Country Club and explore the Meon Valley a bit more, this year.

    Whooohooo. That's a bloody good start to next year's line up. So sorry not to be there this year but we're really happy that we already have our tickets and they'll roll over <3

    Looking forward to seeing you all next year xxx

    Looking forward to kicking off 2021 festival with SAS Band!! 👍

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    Keeping ours safe for next year.😊

    Looking forward to 2021. Let’s hope Van is still good to be there.

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    It’s going to be brilliant! X

    When can you purchase tickets for 2021??

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    Hi. I have a weekend ticket but also got my wife a day ticket to see the Waterboys. As they are now on a different day next year to I have to refund this year’s day ticket and get her a new one or is the one I have transferable to Sunday next year? Cheers

    Roll over for me, gutted to not be having the festival this year.

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    We are very sad to hear your news Peter. I know from the updates that you and your team worked hard to put on a show this year for everyone. We would have supported you had the festival gone on this year. You will come back stronger next year once things are back to normal in the world. X

    Thank you for keeping us informed right the way through. We are disappointed, of course, but feel that the right decision has been made. We are delighted that the same line-up will be at next summer’s festival. Thank you so much for organising it and we will definitely roll over our tickets and Motorhome camping ticket and look forward to next year’s festival. Thank you all for your hard work and the way you have involved us at every stage. It is much appreciated.

    I really wanted to come this year for the first time as the lineup looked so good but I was nervous about buying tickets under the circumstances. I think it’s the right decision to postpone and will definitely buy tickets for next year.

    Saddened to hear this decision, however, I believe its the best thing to do. We were in turmoil as to whether we should attend if you did go ahead. Here's to next year, keeping my tickets safe. Thank you for the update... Now go enjoy a well deserved break, xx 😊

    Thank you. For us this was the right decision. If it had gone ahead and as someone who has been in the high risk zone it felt too early to come and mix however careful you were being. Happy to roll tickets over to 21.

    Well done to all the team for persevering with this and trying to organise a fantastic festival for us. We all appreciate the effort you all put in and appreciate this can’t have been an easy decision..However, let’s all look forward to a fantastic festival next year..I for one can’t wait!

    A tough decision to make but in the current climate feel it's the right one. Thank you for all your time and effort giving this year's festival every chance to go ahead, see you in 2021

    It’s a real shame for you all but it will be something to look forward to next year. Too soon to be safe. I am sorry that your plans have been scuppered but hopefully everyone will keep their tickets for the superb line up and we’ll all be there with bells on next summer. Best wishes. X 👏

    Thank you for keeping us informed all the way. We will most definitely be there next year. Tough decision you guys had to make, but I agree it is the right decision. Much love team Wickham xxx

    So sad, no festival has tried harder to keep the faith....................Here's to next year!!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊😊

    Thanks so much Peter and everyone for working so hard to try to make the festival happen this year. Would have loved it to happen but absolutely understand your decision. See you in 2021.

    This announcement, whilst disappointing is both completely understandable and more evidence (as if we needed it) as to why this is the best and most public centered festival in the UK. We will be more than happy to support you and keep our tickets for next year. Keep up the great work...

    We hadn't booked for this year, but glad we didn't miss it as the lineup looks great! Going to see if my husband agrees to booking tickets for next year! 🤞🏻

    So, so sorry. You tried as hard as you possibly could. Thank you for all of your efforts. Stay well & safe & we will see you next year 😢♥️

    Wow...for once everyone is in agreement that the correct decision has been made, there’s a first on Facebook! Well done to all the team who put so much effort in staging the festival. See you in 2021!

    That has to be the right decision given what (little) we now know. Have been really impressed by the communications from Wickham over the past few months, really felt we've been kept in the loop, and have some understanding of the difficult decisions you've been having to make on our behalf. The line up this year was really exciting, we look forward to our annual fix of Celtic bands, so it's great that it's just been delayed by a year and the lineup will be unchanged. We'll certainly hold onto our tickets for next year, as I'm sure will most other ticket holders.

    Happy to roll over to 2021, you did your best but unfortunately this virus has wrecked so much of what is good in life.

    Such a shame - but a sensible decision in these ever-changing circumstances! Our group will be rolling over our tickets :D

    Correct decision, we are so pleased that the acts we were so looking forward to seeing will be there next year. See you all next year keep safe everyone...

    It would have been even more heartbreaking and costly if you'd put everything in place and had to cancel at the last minute. With the ever changing situation just now, I'm sure this is the right decision to have made. I know you'll be making sure that 2021 is even better than ever. I for one am already looking forward to it.

    Thanks for trying, but at the end of the day it's the right decision. We'd already decided not to come, being wary of being in a large crowd, albeit at a certain social distance. We will, however look forward to August 2021 and a great party. If Glasto can have a year off, so can Wickham.

    Well done for , holding out and diligently exploring all options to keep show on the road

    Clearly a difficult decision, but I think it’s the right one. Even without the Leicester lockdown, you hit the nail on the head with point 2 - there would always be the risk of legislation; things have been changing weekly and daily, so committing yourselves would be high risk.

    Genuinely gutted for you Peter, I know how incredibly hard you and your team have worked. We'll just have to make 2021 an even bigger party. Until then, stay safe and good luck with the preparations. Love from The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican xxx

    Sad, but it's the right decision, only what we've all been expecting. See you next year x

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