Wickham Festival News

Wickham Festival nominated for Live UK Music Business Award

A Hampshire music festival is in the running for a top national award after its most successful year yet.

The Wickham Festival has been nominated in the Best Festival (Capacity under 15,000) category of the prestigious Live UK Music Business Awards.DSC_5762ed fx small

Now in its sixth year, this is the only event committed to presenting awards to the business people who drive the country’s contemporary live music industry.

The awards recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, tour managers, show producers, brand impact and record label partnerships. Continue reading “Wickham Festival nominated for Live UK Music Business Award”

Record-breaking Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn has hailed this year’s record-breaking event as the best yet.

Box office records were smashed with more than 25,000 people flocking to the picturesque site to see the Proclaimers, 10cc, Billy Bragg and 80 other acts over four gloriously sunny days.

Never too young to rock at Wickham Festival
Never too young to rock at Wickham Festival

 

The hot weather saw fans drink the site dry with beer running out just before last orders on the final night – and the event has already received a record number of bookings for next year.

Chegwyn said: “This has been a record-breaking festival in every sense. It has easily been our best year – the question now is how do we top it?

“We have broken all box office records, the traders did great business, we have record renewals for next year and we even drank the bar dry – and yet there was still not a hint of trouble or rowdy behaviour. Continue reading “Record-breaking Wickham Festival”

Wickham Festival tickets on sale on the gate

Tickets are on sale on the gate for all four nights of the Wickham Festival.

Saturday and Sunday are selling particularly well and attracting big crowds but all four nights will be well attended due to the strong line-up which includes the Proclaimers, Wilko Johnson, Billy Bragg and 10CC.

Crowds flock to the Wickham Festival
Crowds flock to the Wickham Festival

Fans can still buy day or evening tickets – or full weekend tickets at www.ticketsouth.co.uk or by phone on 023 8071 1818, via The Mayflower in Southampton. Please bring proof of purchase with you if buying like this.

The capacity of the picturesque site has been extended to 7,000 following the success of last year’s sell-out show by James Blunt.

And the signs are that the final two days of this year’s event will attract close to a full house to the small Hampshire village with a big reputation for attracting top-name artists.

Day tickets start at just £35 with under-16s being half-price and under-10s free. Camping tickets are priced at £25 per tent or caravan for the whole weekend. They will be available from the box office on site.

Please note you can bring snack food and water or soft drinks in sealed plastic bottles into the Festival but no alcohol, glass or cans.

Running order for all three stages

The provisional running order and timings have been announced for all three stages. Please note all timings are subject to change.

ALL TIME GRATES STAGE

Thursday 6th August:
17.00 – 17.40 Roseanna Ball
18.00 – 19.00 Sharon Shannon Band
19.15 – 20.15 Carlos Nunez
20.30 – 21.30 Andy Fairweather-Low
21.45 – 23.00 Wilko Johnson

Friday 7th August:
12.00 – 12.45 Megson
13.00 – 13.45 Charlie Cunningham
14.00 – 15.00 Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock
15.15 – 16.15 Roy Bailey
16.30 – 17.30 Martin Carthy
18.00 – 19.15 The South
19.45 – 21.15 Show of Hands
21.45 – 23.00 Billy Bragg

Saturday 8th August:
11.30 – 12.10 Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
12.20 – 13.00 The Askew Sisters
13.10 – 13.50 Lisbee Stainton
14.00 – 15.00 The Spooky Mens Chorale
15.30 – 16.45 Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular
17.00 – 18.15 Kathryn Tickell
18.30 – 19.45 Eliza Carthy Wayward Band
20.00 – 21.15 Seth Lakeman
21.45 – 23.00 The Proclaimers

Sunday 9th August:
11.30 – 12.15 The Hut People
12.30 – 13.15 Gren Bartley Band
13.30 – 14.15 Les Barker
14.30 – 15.15 Tankus The Henge
15.30 – 16.30 Moulettes
16.45 – 17.45 Luka Bloom
18.00 – 19.00 The Dhol Foundation
19.15 – 20.15 Tom Robinson & Band
20.30 – 21.30 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
21.45 – 23.00 10cc

Bowman Ales – STAGE 2

Thursday

22.00-23.15 De Temps Antan
20.30-21.30 Feldspar
19:30-20:15 Banjo Vie
18:45-19:15 Dorey the Wise
18:00-18:30 Winters Hill

Friday

22:15-11:15 Stone Cold
20:30-21:45 Edward II
19:30-20:00 Rehab
18:45-19:15 Lady Luck
17.30-18:30 Kris Dollimore
16:15-17:00 Destroy the Fleet
15:30-16:00 Just Millie
14:45-15:15
14:00-14:30 Bel Esprit
13:15-13:45 71 Chain
12:30-13:00 Rebbeca Hollweg

Saturday

22.15-23.00 Damn Beats
21.15-22.00 Du Belows
20.15-21.00 Phil Odgers & Bobby Valentino
19.00-20.00 Strumpet Town
18:15-18:45 Lilo’s Wall
17:30-18:00 Alistair Goodwin
16:45-17:15 Matt Blake
16:00-16:30 Marcus Jones
15:00-15:45 Joe Rushforth
14:15-14:45 Above Bar
13:30-14:00 Celadore
12:45-13:15 Different Place
12:00-12:30 Bishops Waltham Festival Battle Of The Bands Winner

Sunday

21:00-21:45 Daisy Trail
19:45-20:45 Seven Little Sisters
19:00-19:30
18:15-18:45 Bemis
17:30-18:00 Day of the Rabblement
16:45-17:15 Splinter
16:00-16:30 Small Town
15:15-15:45 Novatones
14:30-15:00 True Deceivers
13.45-14:15 Alex Roberts
13:00-13:30 Amanda Cook
12.15-12.45 British Racing Green

ACOUSTIC STAGE

Thursday

21:30-22:10 Dan Eagle
20:40-21:20 The Courtiers
19:50-20:30 Marley Blandford
19:00-19:40 Kenny
18:10-18:50 Pompey Pluckers

Friday

21:30-22:10 Tenderlore
20:40-21:20 Kadia
19:50-20:30 Andrew Foster
19:00-19:40 The Alistair Goodwin Band
18:10-18:50 Ben Rouse
17:20-18:00 Calvin Thomas
16:30-17:10 Andy Hawxwell
15:40-16:20 Ben Harvey
14:50-15:30 Amy Goddard
14:00-14:40 Gardner
13:10-13:50 Jim Chorley
12:20-13:00 Stokes Bay Strummers

Saturday

21:30-22:10 Charles Bateman
20:40-21:20 Lovibond and Lucas
19:50-20:30 Andy Comley
19:00-19:40 One 4 the Road
18:10-18:50 Pete Christie
17:20-18:00 Rob Johnston
16:30-17:10 The Lowis Lanes
15:40-16:20 Dave Richards
14:50-15:30 Luke Ferre
14:00-14:40 The Dave Baker Project
13:10-13:50 Vincent Treacey
12:20-13:00 Scott Hodges

Sunday

21:30-22:10 Tinderbox
20:40-21:20 Electric Arms
19:50-20:30 Jemima
19:00-19:40 Jonas and Jane
18:10-18:50 Sarah Saville
17:20-18:00 Ayse Nichelle
16:30-17:10 Tom and Ash
15:45-16:20 Ed Goodale
13:30-15:30 Davina Shanty Singers
12:45-13:25 Nick Scanlon
12:00-12:30 Southsea Community Choir

(All timings subject to change)

Record crowds expected at Wickham Festival

Record numbers of fans are expected to flock to this year’s Wickham Festival.

With headliners including the Proclaimers, 10CC, Wilko Johnson and Billy Bragg, ticket sales have risen sharply ahead of the August 6-9 event.

The capacity of the picturesque site has been extended to 7,000 following the success of last year’s sell-out show by James Blunt.

And the signs are that the final two days of this year’s event will attract a full house to the small Hampshire village with a big reputation for attracting top-name artists. Continue reading “Record crowds expected at Wickham Festival”

Proclaimers relishing return to Wickham

The Proclaimers might be best known for their rousing anthems and catchy tunes but there is a lot more to them than some might imagine.

Identical twins Craig and Charlie Reid are fiercely proud Scottish nationalists who are prepared to stand up for social equality and justice.

The Proclaimers - Charlie and Craig Reid
The Proclaimers – Charlie and Craig Reid

And they are not afraid to tackle difficult subjects either with their new album Let’s Hear It For The Dogs featuring tacks which deal with religion and even the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Charlie said: “We try never to write the same song twice. That’s not to say there are not some similarities occasionally but the new album covers a lot of different subjects

“We tackle subjects that no-one else does. For instance What School is all about religion… it deals with the weasel way that people will try and find out your religion by asking what school you went to. Why can’t they just be honest and ask?

“We also sing about the Jimmy Savile scandal in Then Again. We don’t sing about the abuse itself and we certainly don’t make fun or treat it lightly. It is more about the incredulity most people felt about it and the way it all started to spill out after his death.

“Craig writes more than I do nowadays. He writes the bulk of the songs.

“We are pretty much on the same wavelength so we don’t argue too much but sometimes we can be a bit too similar in our views which is why we have a producer to give a different perspective.

“It is good to have someone on the outside who will change things. Sometimes the sound will be a bit more fancy than we would have thought.

“We are very close in how we approach songs and life in general. I am probably slightly more extrovert but we are not much different. We grew up in the same bedroom and even when we moved out we had the same friends so it was kind of natural to be in the same band.

“We are identical twins and I guess some people do sometimes have trouble telling us apart but we have never gone as far as always standing on the same side of the stage like Ant and Dec. I find that a bit weird since they are not even brothers.

“Sometimes you can get brothers and it can be destructive – like the Gallaghers. Although a little bit of rivalry is good, it is more a case of the two of us against the outside world.”

Craig and Charlie have a close bond both off and on the stage where they are all about entertainment, giving fans a stirring show and touching their souls.

Their music is uplifting, powerful, meaningful and at times beautifully moving – and it is perfectly suited to a festival crowd.

They are about to embark on a major autumn tour which will call at Southampton O2 Guildhall on October 29  but they will tailor their material to suit the crowd.

Charlie added: ““We really enjoyed Wickham last time. It always helps when the weather is good and it was a glorious sunny summer’s evening.

“Wickham is a beautiful part of the world and the audience there are great so we love playing this event.

The Proclaimers
Charlie and Craig Reid

“We rotate songs all the time. Over the course of the tour we will probably play 40 songs but 23 or 23 a night depending on the time of our slot.

“For instance at V Festival we had only 30 minutes so that pretty much had to be a Greatest Hits set but other times we will mix and match.

“The start and finish stay pretty much the same but we change the middle. We just have to make sure the show hits the peaks at all the right times.

“We always do the better known songs but just add more when we can. I think you have a responsibility to the fans to give them the songs they want to hear.

“It is the same when bands turn up and go through the motions. If they have gone stale or maybe are not getting on with each other, it shows. I always hate seeing that because you can tell – and so can the audience.

“You have got to have a level of entertainment and to keep things fresh. We tend to work on a three-year cycle. One year is spent putting an album together, the next is touring and the the next is writing. If you tour every year it gets a bit much.

“We still love going out on the road. You could not do it otherwise. We have around 70 gigs before the end of the year and over the summer every weekend is taken up. Sometimes we have three shows over a weekend so it is tough going but the enthusiasm of the audience keeps us going.”

 

 

Special dates for Carlos Nunez

Carlos Nunez is probably Galicia’s most well-known, enduring and revered musician, with an undisputed reputation as one of the great Pipers.

From the Celtic region of northern Spain, Carlos is a multi-instrumentalist, his signature instrument, the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). He also plays pastoral pipes, ocarina, whistle and recorder. He is enormously popular throughout Spain, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

His albums regularly attain gold and platinum status in Spain, and he has sold well over 1 million albums worldwide. Widely known to, and held in high renown by Irish music fans thanks to his early “adoption” by Irish supergroup, the Chieftains (so close was his musical and personal connection to the group that he was dubbed “The Seventh Chieftain”). Continue reading “Special dates for Carlos Nunez”

Billy Bragg knows what he wants at Wickham

Billy Bragg might be one of the biggest names on the circuit but he won’t be arriving at Wickham with any airs and graces or outrageous demands.

This down-to-earth left-wing campaigner has stayed true to his roots throughout his impressive career – and he is well aware of the realities of playing festivals in remote locations.

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg

He said: “I have seen some artists freak if things are not just how they want them but you have to give festivals some leeway. They are often organised by people who just do it for the love of it and who might not organise gigs normally.

“You can either become a prima donna and throw your toys out of the pram or you can step up and do what you came to do. I generally do the latter. I take the view I have come a long way to do the gig, people have come a long way to see it and I am going to do it as well as I can whatever the problems.

“I believe Wickham is very professional but you have to cut festivals some slack if things are not perfect. I am certainly not going to complain if I turn up at a festival and the guacamole is runny!”

Cue for a song…. It’s only guacamole but I like it! Continue reading “Billy Bragg knows what he wants at Wickham”

New sound for Tom Robinson at Wickham

Renowned pacifist Tom Robinson is suddenly all in favour of senseless violins!

After a 20-year wait, the human rights singer and broadcaster is back with a new album and a new sound.

Only The Now is due out in October and is very different to anything the singer has done before.

The biggest change is the addition to the band of violinist Gerry Diver (pronounced Divver) who is adding a whole new dimension to the music.

Robinson said: “Having always hated strings on albums this has given us a new lease of life. It is very aggressive.

“I happened to meet Gerry who is a virtuoso violin player with an incredible punk attitude to the piano and fiddle and he was keen for us to work together.

Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson

“The noises he makes are wild and radical – and very unfolk in some ways. People need to hear his work.

“He will be with us on tour and has phenomenal energy. He makes the violin sound like a chainsaw! Continue reading “New sound for Tom Robinson at Wickham”

VIP upgrade for fans of Carlos Nunez

Fans of Galician bagpipe specialist Carlos Nunez can get a free upgrade to VIP status for his show at the Wickham Festival if they are also attending his show the previous night.

Carlos Nunez
Carlos Nunez

The renowned Spanish celtic musician is playing the Chapel Sessions not-for-profit event at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley on Wednesday August 5.

People who buy for both shows will get a free VIP pass on production of their Southampton show ticket on arrival at Wickham.

Fans are advised it is worth seeing the man dubbed “Hendrix of the bagpipes” in two completely different settings especially with the free upgrade at Wickham.

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?

Continue reading “10CC ready to rock Wickham again”

10CC – a short history

Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure.

Testament to 10cc’s ongoing appeal, the band can count a generation straddling array of fellow artists, everyone from Chrissie Hynde to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Axl Rose to Sophie Ellis Bextor, among their many millions of fans.

I’m Not In Love, co-written by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, features prominently in the soundtrack to the 2014 blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $635 million in its first two months in US cinemas and spawned a No 1 album. Meanwhile, a key element of the soundtrack to 2010’s Facebook feature film The Social Network is Dreadlock Holiday, which is also the Sky Sports cricket reports theme in Australia.

10CC logo
10CC are still going strong

10cc has sold more than 30 million albums around the world and the band’s longevity is testament to their timeless songs, and reflecting Gouldman’s status as one of the world’s leading songwriters, he was inducted into America’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York in June. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Elton John and Sting.

The band continues to traverse the globe and play countries as disparate as Iceland and South Africa, Latvia and Japan, as well as across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Following a 23-date UK tour in October-November, early 2015 will see the band play three concerts in Japan before a 12-date tour of major UK concert venues in February, when the first half of the show will feature the band performing the Sheet Music album in its entirety, with a special video contribution from Kevin Goidley.

Gouldman attributes 10cc’s lasting appeal to the quality and individuality of the band’s songs. “They don’t seem to date; they are original, we never followed any trend we simple wrote for our own pleasure. The fact that the songs are being played as often on the radio today as they ever were shows how true that is,” he says.

10cc ruled the pop world at a time – the 1970s – when the charts were dominated by some of the most creative and colourful artistes in pop history.

Unlike David Bowie, Queen, Elton John or Rod Stewart – all of whom they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with for a decade – 10cc’s energies were not centred on image or celebrity-status, but on creating highly sophisticated rock masterworks with mainstream appeal.

Early influences on the band included The Beatles and the Beach Boys, but their palate proved wide. Says Gouldman: “For me it was people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Jimmy Webb, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. Eric [Stewart] was more rock ’n’ roll, the blues and R&B; while Kevin [Godley] and Lol [Creme] were into more artistic and avant-garde acts including Jacques Brel. It’s what happened when we put all those things together that made 10cc.”

The result was some of the greatest pop records of the 20th Century. From breakthrough hit Donna in 1972 to their final No 1, Dreadlock Holiday in 1978, via landmark releases including 1975 worldwide hit I’m Not In Love, 10cc stood for the kind of heightened pop sensibility achieved only by the very greatest music practitioners. As Rolling Stone magazine put it in 1975, ‘There is more going on in one 10cc song than on the last ten Yes albums.’

With hit song-writing credits with bands including the Yardbirds, Hollies and Herman’s Hermits under his belt, the early 1970s saw Gouldman and his compatriots reach new levels of creative endeavour.

He spent time in New York writing for bubblegum kings Jerry Kazenetz and Jeff Katz., but fed up with being away from home, he returned to the UK to record the songs he had written Stateside with his friends at Strawberry Studios in Stockport.

Back in Manchester, Stewart, Godley and Creme had also been busy, with Stewart testing a new four-track recorder that lead to the recording of Neanderthal Man, a track that went on to enjoy 14 weeks in the UK charts in 1970, peaking at No 2. The band was called Hotlegs and comprised Godley, Creme, Stewart, and briefly Gouldman.

In1972 Gouldman’s manager Harvey Lisberg (later to become 10cc’s manager) met Neil Sedaka, who was playing a residency at Batley Variety Club in Yorkshire. Sedaka’s career was in decline and Lisberg suggested he worked with the guys at Strawberry.

The result was Sedaka’s hit comeback album Solitaire, produced by Gouldman, Stewart, Godley and Creme, with Stewart acting as engineer.

“We all learned so much from those sessions. Neil’s sheer professionalism, musicianship and song-writing were inspiring,” says Gouldman.

“We’d done a few tracks and we needed a B-side for Waterfall [a Gouldman/Stewart composition]. There was a possibility that it would come out on the Apple label, which we were very excited about, because any connection with the Beatles was great,” says Gouldman.

A Godley and Creme song, Donna, was chosen. “We didn’t have a name for the band and weren’t bent on world domination or anything, but Donna made us sit up and notice ourselves, that we actually had something special.”

And so 10cc was born, Donna became the A side and reached No 2 in the UK charts. Right from the start it was obvious they weren’t like other groups. All four could sing, were adept in the recording studio, and were seasoned musicians more interested in pleasing themselves than writing to a formula.

Not long after Donna was released, Sedaka returned to Strawberry to record a second album, The Tra-La Days Are Over, with the same team, and his career took off again.

10cc comprised essentially two song-writing camps, Gouldman and Stewart, plus Godley and Creme, although they would sometimes intermingle. “Our principle was always the music,” says Gouldman, “whatever’s best for the song. That means if I can sing better than you on it, that’s what happens. Or if Lol can play lead guitar better than you, he’ll do it. Consequently we had four singers in the band, four instrumentalists and four producers, plus Eric also engineered the sessions.

“The other thing was whoever wrote the song, it kind of became the property of the four of us. You couldn’t say, ‘That song is crap, I don’t want anything to do with it’. What you had to say was, ‘I don’t like that part of the song, but I think we could make it better by doing this’. You always had to come up with something positive.”

“It was the combination of all four of us that made the difference, not only in the song-writing, but in the production values as well,” says Gouldman.

Whether it’s the eight-minute pop opera Une Nuit a Paris, or the No.1 hit pop masterpiece I’m Not In Love, both from The Original Soundtrack (1975) album, no two 10cc records sound the same,

“A very important element,” explains Gouldman, “was we were completely self-contained. There wasn’t even a producer. If Eric was singing one of us would work the board. We used to just give the tracks straight to the record company.”

Indeed, they didn’t even have a recognisable frontman. “Eric was a very good-looking guy who took on the role quite often, and Lol was also brilliant out front. But you’d never know on the record who was playing guitar or even who was singing sometimes.”

The first time 10cc played live, at the Isle of Man Casino in 1973, they were taken aback at the response. “We went onstage and girls started screaming! It was like, what the hell is going on? We imagined ourselves as professors of pop who were going to give a lecture on pop music, but it wasn’t like that at all.”

The critical plaudits also rolled in. Rolling Stone calling The Original Soundtrack, “better than anything the Beach Boys have done of late”. The NME described I’m Not In Love as “a John Lennon song with a Paul McCartney vocal”. In an age where critics spent an inordinate amount of time trying to identify the new Beatles, 10cc increasingly seemed to fit the bill.

“Because we existed in our own world, we didn’t need anyone to tell us how good we were. We listened to the records and went, this is everything we want it to be and more.” Even after the astonishing success of I’m Not In Love, they refused to play the game and followed it up with the acidic Art For Art’s Sake – and scored another Top 5 hit.

“Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake, was something my late father used to say to me, although he wasn’t cynical like that at all – he was very artistic. But it’s such a lovely phrase. Eric had this riff and I just started singing that, and the song came.”

The biggest surprise of all was the departure of Godley and Creme after their next album, How Dare You? “It was horrible,” Gouldman confesses. “It was an absolute disaster. Like getting a divorce.”

Godley and Creme had become preoccupied with the Gizmotron – from the word ‘gizmo’ – a device they had invented which when applied could bring new sounds and textures out of an electric guitar. Obsessed with devising a showcase for it, they began recording a triple album together, Consequences.

Says a reflective Gouldman now, “Kev and I, who stayed quite close, have talked about this since and have decided what should have happened; he and Lol should have gone off and done their thing for a year or so, then allowed 10cc to resume.

“But that’s just not how things were done in the ‘70s. No one had a year off. Plus I think the record company were probably expecting another album, tours were booked and so on.”

Instead, Gouldman and Stewart continued as 10cc and scored more notable successes with their next two albums, Deceptive Bends (1977) – featuring their next worldwide hit single Things We Do For Love – and Bloody Tourists (1978), which spawned another international hit, Dreadlock Holiday.

“We were on a mission to prove ourselves,” says Gouldman, “This wasn’t like a couple of guys leaving the band who just played their instruments. This was two of the producers going, two of the singers going, two of the songwriters going. So it was a real 50 percent gone.”

Ultimately, the split took its toll and when Stewart was badly injured in a car crash in 1979, the writing was on the wall.

“It flattened me completely,” Stewart later recalled. “I damaged my left ear and eye very badly. I couldn’t go near music. I couldn’t go near anything loud and I love music and motor-racing. I had to stay away from both things for a long time [and] the momentum of this big machine that we’d had rolling slowed and slowed and slowed. And on the music scene, the punk thing had come in a big way.”

All four original members enjoyed very successful post-10cc careers. Godley and Creme continued as a partnership, recording their own hit records and becoming Grammy-winning video directors for acts including Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Stewart collaborated on three Paul McCartney albums in the 1980s and continues to record sporadically as a solo artiste, his most recent collection being Viva La Difference in 2009.

Meanwhile Gouldman spent the 1980s concentrating on recording soundtracks for films such as Farah Fawcett’s Sunburn and the American animation Animalympics. He also worked as a producer with The Ramones and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

He then formed Wax with American songwriter Andrew ‘Lonely Boy’ Gold and had hits with Right Between The Eyes and Bridge To You Heart.

There were two final Gouldman-Stewart directed 10cc albums in the ‘90s, the first … Meanwhile (1992), featured contributions from both Godley and Creme, while the last, Mirror Mirror (1995), despite featuring contributions from McCartney and Gold, was more a collection of Gouldman and Stewart solo songs.

That same year, 10cc received a BMI citation for three million plays on US radio for I’m Not In Love (since risen to five million). This followed the BMI citation for two million plays (since risen to 3.5m) of Things We Do For Love,

In 2002, the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut hit Donna, 10cc began to creep back into the national consciousness. With Gouldman fronting a new touring band, a 28-date UK tour was followed by a series of one-off events across Europe. The band have continued to regularly tour the world ever since.

10CC with Graham Gouldman centre
10CC with Graham Gouldman centre

In 2006, Universal records released the TV-advertised, double CD 10cc: Greatest Hits … And More, and the following year national newspaper the Mail On Sunday produced a special 10-track, cover-mount Best of 10cc Live CD, distributing more than 2.4 million copies throughout the UK and Ireland. The paper reported that sales rose by 232,000 on the day of publication.

For the band’s 40th anniversary year in 2012, Universal Records released a new five-CD box set entitled Tenology, featuring 80 tracks chosen by the four original and members.

A world tour took 10cc as far and wide as Iceland and Australia, and saw them play London’s Royal Albert Hall for the first time. The landmark concert saw Kevin Godley guest on several numbers including a capella version of Donna.

After 50 concerts with 10cc that year, Gouldman decided to tour as an acoustic outfit, Heart Full of Songs, which included10cc’s Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens. Their set included hits Gouldman wrote for The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, the Yardbirds and film soundtracks, along with material from his new solo album Love And Work.

And in a triumphant end to 2013, 10cc joining Status Quo for a tour of UK arenas, including London’s The O2. This year has seen the band play New Zealand and a host of summer festivals across the UK and Europe, including the 60,000-capacity British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park.

“Year on year we get busier and busier. It’s great, we love touring and playing together and we get on really well. The audiences these days are very gratifying. You get the people you would expect, who grew up with 10cc, but you also get young kids who know the songs too,” says Gouldman.

With four decades of song-writing excellence and a crack band of musicians behind him Gouldman confidently promises, “This is as near as you’re ever going to get to hearing the perfect 10cc. Hit after hit after hit. It’s relentless. We show no mercy.”
The live band’s line-up is:

Graham Gouldman – bass, guitars, vocals
Rick Fenn – lead guitar, vocals, bass
Paul Burgess – drums, percussion
Mick Wilson – vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards
Mike Stevens – keyboards, guitar, bass, sax, vocals

Paul has worked with 10cc from the beginning and Rick joined the live band in the mid-‘70s. Mike is occasionally replaced by Keith Hayman, when Mike tours as musical director with Take That or Gary Barlow. Similarly, Mick is occasionally replaced by Iain Hornal, when Mick is otherwise engaged.

10cc – Top UK Chart Positions

I’m Not In Love 1
Dreadlock Holiday 1
Rubber Bullets 1
Donna 2
Art For Art’s Sake 5
Good Morning Judge 5
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• 10cc has sold more than 15 million albums in the UK.

• 10cc has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide

• I’m Not In Love has been played over five million times on US radio.

• A YouTube video clip about the making of I’m Not In Love circulated the globe in late-2010, resulting in increased name-checks by bloggers and DJs.

• Things We Do For Love has been played over 3.5 million times on US radio.

• Dreadlock Holiday is featured on the soundtrack of the 2010 film The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook

• I’m Not In Love was part of the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

• Gouldman, Godley and Crème won two Ivor Novello Awards for the 1973 hit single Rubber Bullets. The Ivor Novello Awards, established in 1955, are the highest song-writing accolades in the UK.

• In 1993, Will To Power hit the Top 10 in the UK with its version of I’m Not In Love. It has also been recorded by, among others, The Pretenders (for the film Indecent Proposal), Peggy Lee, Richie Havens, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and most recently The Flaming Lips.

• Axl Rose of Guns N’Roses says of I’m Not In Love, “that song messes with my life, man. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time.”

• Bus Stop (written by Gouldman for he Hollies) has been played over four million times on US radio. He also wrote the Yardbird’s hit For Your Love, which has been played over two million times on US radio.

• Wax, featuring Gouldman and the late Andrew Gold, has sold more than two million albums worldwide, spawning the hit singles Right Between The Eyes and Bridge To Your Heart.

• I’m Not In Love is lead track on the new blockbuster Disney film Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $635 million in its first two months in US cinemas and spawned a No 1 album there.

Steve Harley still smiling after 40 years

By Graham Hiley

Recently Steve Harley and his wife Dorothy were sitting in the back of a taxi in Montenegro heading for a night out when the car radio played Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me).

The driver tapped the steering wheel in time to the catchy beat, totally oblivious to the fact that he was transporting the man he was listening to.

Steve chuckled: “I did think about telling him – and I have done that in the past. It can be quite fun to say: ‘That’s me.’ And then they stare hard and say: ‘Hey, it IS you.’ But I left him to enjoy the song. He did not recognise me at all but it was interesting to see his reaction.

Steve Harley
Steve Harley is looking forward to returning to Wickham

“My wife just raised her eyebrows as if to say ‘Not that again!’ but I must admit it did give me a bit of a warm glow.”

It should come as no surprise that the 1975 Number One hit should still be getting air time across the globe; it is still regularly voted in polls of the top 100 songs of all time.

Steve added: “It is fair to say it has stood the test of time! People ask if I ever get tired of playing it, how could I? That song has been very good to me. It is a different version every night and I love playing it and I love the reaction from the audience.

“The place usually goes ape as soon as we play the opening notes. People love it; I would never fail to play it. That would be disrespectful and churlish.

“I have written more than 130 songs but that one stands out though I do get a bit miffed if people think that is all I have done, especially semi-professionals who don’t do their research.

“I trained as a reporter so I know all about research and I know it does matter so I get a bit fed up with people who don’t do it. I was always taught to check, double-check and then check again but it is a very different world these days.”

Steve Harley
Steve Harley in Bonn (Photo by Karlheinz Beck)

Despite scoring just 24% in his mock O Level in Maths, Steve’s first job was as a trainee accountant at the Daily Express.

But his love of journalism saw him train as a reporter – despite leaving school without an English A Level; he eventually took it in his mid-Thirties.

It is easy to assume now that Steve would have gone into music journalism but that was never his aim. He added: “I trained as a hack and I would have stayed that way.

“I loved being a news reporter and mixing with journalists but I have no regrets about switching to the music industry. I trained with some people who have gone on to become very successful in the industry but I never look back and wonder what might have been.

“I have lived a life full of highlights. Everything has been such an adventure and I have travelled the world,” said Steve.

“Three years ago I took my acoustic show to Norway. We went to Tromso in the Arctic Circle where they have six months of daylight and six months of darkness.

“It was dark after the gig so I guess it must have been winter and as we were being driven back to the hotel, the driver asked if we wanted to go and see the Northern Lights.

“I said I thought that would be quite pleasant so we drove out somewhere it was pitch dark and then saw the most magnificent spectacle of nature. Playing a concert for 700 people and then seeing that was a real highlight.

“Another would be waking up in Beverley Hills to a phone call from the managing director of EMI to say we had reached Number One with Make Me Smile.

Steve Harley circa 1975
Steve Harley hit Number One in 1975 (Photo by Mick Rock)

“But the highs just keep happening and hopefully there are a few more to come.”

So, what next for the 64-year-old who shows no sign of slowing down?

“There is a lot on the burner. One of my songs has just been recorded by a major international superstar. I can’t tell you who he is because it is being kept hush-hush until it is in the shops but he is one of the world’s biggest selling artists so that is a buzz.

“I have just been in the studio and made a beautiful record which might get a bit of air play but it is very difficult to get that these days. Life has changed so much; you can get spotted and dumped in a matter of weeks.

Steve Harley is embarking on a 40th anniversary tour
Steve Harley is embarking on a 40th anniversary tour

“In the autumn I will be going out on a 40th anniversary tour which will be a lot of fun. Duncan Mackay is coming over from South Africa to play with us so it should be fantastic.

“Before then we are playing several festivals, all in the south which is good because it means we can get home afterwards and save on hotel bills.

“I do so many festivals that it can be hard to remember too many but Wickham genuinely stands out for me, partly because the organiser Peter Chegwyn is such a good man and partly because it is such a good event.

“I played there a couple of years ago and loved the atmosphere. Everyone was very chilled and relaxed. And they have what I call proper musicians who just love to play.

“This year they have a fantastic line-up of real good people. I have bumped into Billy Bragg on many occasions and I have known Graham Gouldman for ever. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are old friends.

“I have known Tom Robinson since he was in short trousers and the Proclaimers played with me at Wickham in 2012. They came and watched my set and were so kind.

“But that sums up Wickham. It is full of good people as well as good musicians. That is why I am genuinely delighted to be asked back. It means they must think I am a good person as well as a decent artist.”

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    I love Wickham Festival. The atmosphere is great as well as the bands. Will be there next year. Well done organisers.

    Brilliant time had, well done! I would only ask for more water points in tent camping, it was a long walk! Also, toilets in the arena were pretty good, but perhaps a few in another spot? The ones outside the gate were closed on day 2 so must have been well used!

    Last year there was seating outside the cider and ale tent. Definitely more seating for next year please.

    We really enjoyed this year's festival and in comparison with others we think it's the best so far. Extending the arena down to the point of the step free access would be a good idea but it would also be good to have a map of the whole site including campsites available a few days before the event. Some of the signs for quiet camping, dropping off got hidden by cars, tents and some were knocked flat before the end of Wednesday.

    2019 was our fifth Wickham Festival and we could see that improvements have been made each year. No festival can get everything right and please everybody all the time but Wickham hit the mark for us, more so than others we have been to. There are some good suggestions for further improvements which no doubt will be considered but let’s not forget that their are restrictions placed by the landscape, council regulations and health and safety. Also let’s not forget the enormous amount of work put in by the organisers and the volunteers that make this a festival that a lot of people come back to each year. 👍

    We were on the campervan field and possibly one of the furthest away from the main site, with children and lots of walking back and forth BUT at £30 camping for the whole weekend and a clean/ tidy/ quiet site I’d happily camp there again! No complaints here and plenty of room for the kids unofficial wickham festival sports day 😁☀️👍🏻

    Haven't all these moaning minnies heard of torches? You know its going to be dark when you walk back. Can't see why it's always the organisers fault . You provided lights and a very safe crossing point for us. Thank you Wickham for wonderful festival, already booked for next year.

    This was our first Wickham and we loved it, we’ll definitely be back next year. Our main problem was being spoilt for choice between acts on the main two stages, we didn’t even get to the smaller stages. The random bus trip to the site, with entertaining drivers was a plus, and the walk back through the woods was fine after a couple of ciders. Could the festival site be stretched a bit into the disabled car park field that was mostly empty? A bit more separation between the tents would help with the sound crossing over between the two.

    Can't wait to come next year for my first time. It looked fabulous and the lineups were awesome this year.

    All in all a great Festival. Well done to everyone involved. One of the best festival line ups in recent years. We were lucky it seems we only had a short walk to the arena and didn’t have to negotiate ‘the steps’. One thing that would give it a bit more if a festival atmosphere would be some big flags next time.

    Thank you for a great festival. My first at Wickham. I would have loved a quiet area to go to when feeling the need!. It was all quite busy on the main thoroughfares.

    Re: site options. Great having the parking back over the road but close by. If possible, keeping features like Folk Orc on a flatter area would be good - we had some fun keeping ourselves and our music stands upright! 😁

    I thought it was great - didn’t take that long to get a cab from McCarthy’s or to get to our car further down the road.. 30 minutes tops. Maybe a few hay bales around the site to rest weary legs and to sit down and have something to eat. Well done Wickham Festival x

    Looking forward to being there next year after a bit of a break

    Thanks for a great time! Yes the bus service seemed a bit random at times but that was all part of the relaxed atmosphere and the drivers were great fun

    Already counting the days to get back here! Best festival ever! Fact! 🥳🙌

    Good luck!

    This was our first wickham festival and it was fantastic,. Constructive criticism would be... In the mixed camping field you needed more than one fresh water point...... The dirty water waste containers needed to be clearly labelled as people were putting toilet waste in with grey water waste etc. There was even a lady washing her dishes on top of these containers as she didn't realise that's what they were! Lol...... There was slight confusion as to where you collected your wrist bands, so signs needed there and lastly, the walk through the woods, not a problem, but wow, you could really make it look pretty at night. Different coloured lights or something. Anyway, well done to the organisers for putting on a great line up and generally what was an easy going great festival. Hope to be back next year. 😁❤️

    We enjoyed the comedy tent late at night but it was over-subscribed to a point where it seemed dangerous with all those folk packed in. Maybe put that in one of the bigger tents next year? Great festival though - already booked our early-birds!

    Panactical were just fantastic !! A local youth steel pan band from Eastleigh literally made my day when they played the dance stage on Saturday at 12 o’clock, you have to book them again, just brilliant and drew in an audience. Bigger stage for them next year please 🌞 I love wickham.

    Definitely more lighting towers

    The caravan camping field was really good, I might take my bike next year.

    Need more water taps in the caravan field. 1 when we arrived on Wednesday, a further one was added later.

    Have tried to call this pages number and email lost property which didn’t work as have lost a vehicle key at some point over the festival. Could someone help please, thank you.

    Its strange to see the field empty😕roll on 2020😁

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    ...it will hope to go again next year can't wait to see the line up.

    We’ve booked for 2020!

    We absolutely loved it this year and the grassroots camping was wonderful in our 1975 VW camper van. Can’t wait for 2020 festival. We’d like to offer up the phenomenal Carlos Nunez band for discussion as just returned from an incredible Festival Interceltique Lorient the year of Galicia where Carlos Nunez stole the show and the hearts of the people in the most spectacular way before heading to the Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland the following day following in the Chieftains footsteps. So for 2020 I propose The Chieftains and Carlos Nunez for a headline spot.

    Question. The calls to return to the stubble field for motorhomes etc. Surely this field is a nightmare in bad weather. Appreciate the some see this as part of the "festival experience " but from my view the grass field was excellent.

    All booked for next year . Please keep the grass site. So much nicer to sit out on with children, also not so rutty to drive over . We all loved the wooded area to walk home at in the dark.

    Already booked and looking forward to the line up!

    Afraid I don’t agree with those who want to return to the stubble field! I loved the field with the longer walk. Really lovely walk through the woods and a shuttle bus for those who didn’t fancy it. Not so closely packed in and flatter areas. Loved it! Same again next year please!

    No it won't! Time passes quickly from the moment Alastair steps onto the main stage for the first time until we say our sad goodbyes to the amazing friends we have made at Wickham over the years, on the Sunday night........Then it's 361 days of waiting!!!!

    Looks fantastic, thanks xx

    For those who came in 2017 with all the rain. We got towed in by a tractor, you can see by the tide line how deep the mud was. A fresh cut stubble field and water does not mix well . Over a foot of mud. Wickham Festival organisers did above and beyond getting everone in and there was some serious JCB machinery making new roads. . Never want to be on stubble again .

    Booked and already looking forward to it

    Booked already Get some amazing acts please. And make it bigger & better than ever ⭐🌈💞🎪🎶

    Excited about it x 🎉🎊

    How to better this year.....? 🤔 It will be a challenge! 😉 xx

    Just got our email confirming our early bird booking for next year. Woohoo ☺

    Thanks to Rebecca Taylor my ticket's already in the bag for next year 👍❤️

    Must admit, I cant get my head around the number of people begging for the stubble field camping again. Having had 2 punctured airbeds, uncomfortable ground yo walk ir sleep on, twisted ankles, and scratched legs and a lot of mud traipsed in the times we were in there, why would anyone want that again? Or does the location make up for all that? Personally we found the tented camping perfect from a location point of view. 10 minutes walk. Just the lack of lightning, trying to find your way in the dark and no signs & lack of facilities were a problem. But have fed back so should be better next year, hopefully:-)

    It’s gonna take forever lol mind we were lucky with the weather

    More Stanley Jordan please!

    Just been to Jack up the summer on IOW not as good as you!

    There’s a brilliant ukulele band called Strumdiddlyumptious from the Portsmouth area who would be brilliant for the festival. They regularly play at the Victorious festival

    See you all next year.

    Already booked! Liz Ellcome Sarah Billingham

    Got to agree with Angela Andrew. The new field is not worth the long, long walk. Can we go back to the stubble please ?

    When will we know which artists are playing. I cannot wait 😂😂😂

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    It all looks really great x

    The Silent Disco! Loved it. Bring it back next year please xx

    First visit to Wickham Festival. We weren't sure what to expect but loved the lineup so booked tickets for our honeymoon, drove up from the end of Cornwall and loved it all. Certainly worth the drive up. The Magic Teapot was amazing. We've booked already 😊

    Nash! Worth the price of the ticket on the first evening! Lots of tears this year, of nostalgia, but mainly of sheer joy at the awesomeness of some of those Celtic musicians ...

    The Cheezy Vinyl Bar was the BEST food outlet you have ever had there! Please have them back next time!

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned how good the programme book is at Wickham. Excellent write ups on all the artists however well or little known they may be and all the information you could possibly want. Well done to whoever designs them!

    We lived it all, again. Magic teapot was great. My wife loved the pizzas, her best ever!

    The silent disco, the magic teapot and generally the fabulous music and wonderful atmosphere! Loved it all...thank you! 😊

    The whole festival is great ,magic teapot very quirky, great atmosphere love it x

    The singing work shops ran by Janet were good fun, brought loads of people together and the sound we made was really uplifting. Please bring her back next year...xxx

    The Magic Teapot was great! Really hope to see it back in 2020.

    Agree with many of above- Grace Petrie- stunning The Magic Teapot- brilliant idea, magical loving fun vibe Cheesy Vinyl Bar- tho not enough tables/seating Last few years have always used n enjoyed the twisted tea room, but every time walked past wanting to go in n no spsce- becoming too popular!! It was wonderful to see an artist develops and progress- Justin Capps- saw him a few years ago in acoustic tent playing to about 6 people - his song writing n singing impressed me then. This year playing with the Cavaliers in Quay West tent- was immense- the band tight n loving the songs, Justin filling lead role with great skill and humbleness- onwards and upwards for these guys( and girl obviously!😀) A great Festival.

    The Magic Teapot was our favourite, great fun.

    The whole festival has a really great atmosphere, with an enormous selection of entertainment, some small scale groups and national talents and all in an amazing village Wickham

    Awesome Saturday and Sunday x

    For me, it will always be the music 🎶. But, congratulations and thanks also to all of the people who helped to keep the site clear of rubbish and keep the toilets clean and stocked up with paper. These people deserve medals!

    Loved the cheesy vinyl bar, the baked Camembert was amazing, please bring them back 🙏

    Loved the pink printing press! As did the kids I was with xx

    The Magic Teapot, great way to unwind and have a fab non alcoholic drink before heading home at the end of the night. Really friendly yet fun upbeat atmosphere. I hope its their next year. We've already book our tickets. 😀

    The Magic Teapot was our highlight, we loved to spend time in there every evening before heading home. Great atmosphere and a good singalong 😁

    The little bar in the Village Stage. Very very convenient when you're watching a band in there, could get another drink without missing anything. Great idea!

    Great will be back next year.😁

    The silent disco was amazing! So much fun! And everyone loved it young and old!

    My daughter loved the silent disco, I wasn’t allowed to stay and watch though! 😂

    The silent disco,even though we are all in our 60's! It was just hilarious at the end of the night. Another favourite ( always ) is The Twisted Tearooms.......tea and cake at any time is brilliant.

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    Afro Celt, Dreadzone and Alabama 3 ..... awesome festival again, thank you all for such a great time.

    How about Ade Edmunson and The Bad Shepherds?? Awesome band!!!

    Loved nick Parker, sweetchunks and dreadzone, would love to see Ferocious dog, Gilmore and Roberts and jake Martin x

    I've waited a long time to see Ralph McTell and he was awesome, Grace Petrie was amazing and such a nice person when we met her after and Frank Turner was excellent. As well as those 3 back, next year can we have Tankus the Henge, The Levellers and Robert Plant please? 😊

    The Proclaimers, TMTCH from this year and The Waterboys would be fab.

    too many great acts to name as top 3, but mine would revolve around the livelier folky stuff generally. For future and not folky, how about The Divine Comedy, that would be awesome! Shooglenifty would be good again, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman as others have said and as I've tagged and mentioned already elsewhere Thom Ashworth...

    Sam Kelly - amazing! Plus Kathryn Tickell . Ralph McTell, Steve Knightley ( as good as ever). Afro Celt band - but sound system was too loud/ buzzy to appreciate all of the different instruments. Great festival overall - my third time and certainly won't be the last! Many thanks up all.

    Ralph McTell was amazing, what a voice, and Gilbert quite a revelation in the entertainment ratings - very happy to see either again next time x

    Siobhan Miller, what a great voice. Always love that Wickham introduces me to someone or a sound I've not heard before, and this was my unexpected discovery this year. Other great moments for me this year: Vent du Nord - 'Les pieds'; Ralph McTell - drinking his tea ('not coffee, I'm British') while CD signing; Spooky Men - Crossing the Bar, must be dust in my eye; Proclaimers - singing 'Letter from America' just after my holiday to the US and Canada, Graham Nash - closing with 'this one's for the teachers in the audience'. Sorry that's more than 3, Thanks for a great festival!

    Gilbert O Sullivan, Alistair Goodwin and Afro Celt this year; Next year...Seth Lakeman, Peatbog Fairies, 10cc, Alistair G again, Dohl Foundation, to name a few! Thanks again for a wonderful festival!xx

    Great weekend, loved Level 42. Kiefer, Cara Dillon, Thee Sultan Sheiks but to name a few. Would love to see the fantastic Jack Lukeman seriously worth checking him out.

    1st Electric Eden 2nd Winter Wilson 3rd Lindisfarne For next year - Saltfish Forty, the Chilli Pipers, Dhol Foundation please

    Lil Jimmy Read was brilliant. I would love to see Squeeze or 10cc again. I would like to see a little less of the folk rock band as there were too many very similar. Gilbert goes without saying. Just a bit more variety.xx

    Ralph McTell, Vent Du Nord, Lindisfarne, Graham Nash. Would love to see KT Tunstall, Chris Smither, Martin Simpson, Richard Digance.

    So many to choose from but really enjoyed Afro Celt Sound System, Alabama Three, Elephant Sessions. Can I suggest Michael Kiwanuka (he lives in Hampshire) and another who would go down well is Jack Savoretti. At the end of the day I'm booked for next year anyways as I'm sure it will be a great festival once again.

    My faves were La Vent Du Nord, 3 Daft Monkeys & Kiefer. Would love to see Jamie & The Falcons or Los Paciminos. Jamie Moses was a regular at Gosport festival & has done Wickham with SAS Band!!!

    Only there for the Saturday so Frank Turner, Nick Parker & the false alarms and Holy Moly were my top 3! All lively and fun. Richard Hawley would be amazing

    O'Hooley and Tidow and Gadarene would be good too...

    I only visited Saturday but loved Nick Parker and Frank Turner though the line up looked amazing all weekend.

    I couldn't go this year, and REALLY want to see Frank Turner live (sods law). So pleeeeaaaaase: Frank Turner be available for next year, and Wickham Music Festival, book him up :D

    Favourite of 2019 Holy Moly & the Crackers... but loved Kiefer, Judy Collins, and lots of the quay west bands... 2020 would love to see: Waterboys, Blockheads, Levellers, James, Ferocious Dog

    Only a Sunday attendee so probably disqualifies me.... But.... - State of the Union - a total revelation. So musical, such fabulous voices... - Lindisfarne - complete showmen..! - Ralph McTell - what a story teller... For 2020 - please try to get All Our Exes Live In Texas - what an amazing combo they are! Beautiful songs and such a rapport with the crowd...

    Thank you for getting Ralph Mctell. I have been asking for a number of years and thank you for booking him. I managed to speak to him and get his autograph. Please try to get :- Martin Simpson. David Crosby. Fairport Convection. Two's Company.

    Loved Dan O’Farrell & the Difference Engine in the Quay West Cave, Keifer and Gilbert. Would love to see Squeeze again and how about putting local band Dan O'Farrell & the Difference Engine on the big stage next year? They’ve already supported The Levellers, Big Country and The Men they couldn’t hang so totally deserve it. Thanks for a wonderful weekend and huge thanks and respect to all the workers x

    Loved Level 42, Lil Jimmy Reed, Nick Parker, Proclaimers, Alabama 3, Lindisfarne, Frank Turner (of course), Men They Couldn’t Hang were awesome and other half loved Dreadzone - lots of others too. Would love The Waterboys and perhaps 10cc to return? X

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