Wickham Festival News

WILKO – Not Over and Out

It is the ultimate “Feelgood” story.

Three years ago Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy. Instead, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist embarked on the ultimate farewell tour with one of the final stops being the Wickham Festival in August 2013. It was expected to be one of his last ever shows – except that was not the end of the story. Astonishingly the 67-year-old is now clear of the disease following an 11-hour operation to remove a 3kg tumour and there won’t be a dry eye in the Big Top when he makes an emotional return to Wickham on Thursday August 9.

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New Website launched for 2015

Welcome to our new website launched in the build up to Wickham Festival 2015. We’ll be updating it regularly in the next few months with all the latest news. We hope you enjoy browsing it as much as we’ve enjoyed producing it and hope you find it useful for keeping informed on everything to do with Wickham Festival.

Tom Robinson & Wilko Johnson for 2015 Wickham Festival

We’re delighted to announce that Tom Robinson and his band are the latest act confirmed for the 2015 Wickham Festival. They’ll be appearing on Sunday 9th August along with 10cc; The Dhol Foundation; Moulettes; Luka Bloom and many more.

Also recently confirmed is Wilko Johnson who’ll be appearing on Thursday 6th August along with Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders plus other artists t.b.c.

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You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the Wickham Festival via our new twitter feed @festivalwickham.

Tomorrow at 9am we will be announcing the star headline act, a household name who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

You can get the details sent straight to your phone or tablet so you can be first in the know even if you are on the move.

Any more additions to the bill will be announced on twitter – and use it during the festival for alerts on any changes to the running order, travel news or other updates.

So follow @festivalwickham to keep right up to date with all the news.

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    Good things come in threes! After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 we've another artist announcement coming tonight. A clue: English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    Good things come in threes!  After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 weve another artist announcement coming tonight.  A clue:  English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience.  Any guesses?

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    Hmmm. Well most of the guesses so far have been wide of the mark. The band describe themselves as English indie-pop but maybe a better description would be to liken them to Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Police Dog Hogan...

    Dodgy? But would like to see the Divine comedy.

    Los Straitjackets that amazing. Been waiting to see them for years.

    Still got my fingers crossed for Midge Ure ❤️💜 Go on Wickham....you know you want to 😘

    The Correspondents Caro Emerald Jamie Berry Feat The Speakeasy Three Dead south ( i wish but Canadian ) Caro Emerald Don Johnson Band

    Hope it’s S Club 7

    The Levellers?

    Its Steps isn't it? I knew you'd give in one year if I kept going on about it!

    It’s not Fake Thackray is it??? 😀

    That'll be the Kooks then.... Where's my prize?

    Blur , The Smiths, Florence and the Machine, Gorrillaz, Lilly Allen, The Stone Roses, Pulp, The kooks, Keane, Jamiroquai, Noisettes, Kate Nash, Lighning Seeds, The Vamps, ok i am out of UK indie pop bands..🤔

    Travis. Now they would be a great addition to an already fantastic lineup.

    I'm hoping someones going to book Pat Benatar, Heart, Lyta Ford or Vixen some good old 80's ladies hair rock

    The Dubliners!!

    Still hoping for Hipsway 🤞🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 If I post often enough perhaps you’ll give in for some peace and quiet!!

    We’re hoping for Tears for Fears or Wilko Johnson not really Indie pop though!

    Forget Otway & Co and book The Slambovians!!!!!!!

    The ballaugh’s Mike Wade 😍

    Gotta be The Lightning Seeds. Superb last time

    Since no-one's mentioned The Wonder Stuff yet, I will. Edit: oh, someone did. As you were.

    What’s that coming over the hill is it a monster. No it’s the Automatic.

    Sorry I think The Automatic are Welsh.🥴

    The Magic numbers the feeling the Lightning seeds scouting for girls KEANE

    Red hot chilli pipers.

    James or The Levellers.

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    We're delighted to announce that the wonderful Nick Lowe will be at Wickham on Saturday 8th August with his Rock 'n' Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets. The composer of classic songs like 'Cruel to be Kind', 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass', '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding' (a hit for Elvis Costello) and 'I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll' will be joined by one of the world's finest guitar bands, Los Straitjackets, for a rare UK Festival appearance. Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXRtGnI5H5E ... See MoreSee Less

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    Producer for Elvis Costello; Graham Parker and The Rumour; Dr Feelgood (for whom he co-wrote 'Milk and Alcohol'); and The Damned. A member of Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). A noted figure in power pop and new wave, he performed at the first Glastonbury Festival (and was invited back in 2019), released the first single on Stiff Records, and has recorded & produced many fine records of his own. Los Straitjackets from Surf City have been described as the world's leading instrumental guitar band. This will be a great night!

    A fabulous coup!! Wickham you just keep on pulling better and better announcements out of the hat - can't wait for this year's festival! :D

    Claire Askam

    Excellent!

    Thank you

    I have to say I went to see him a few years ago and was very disappointed - he played hardly any of his hits and his music wasn't of the style I was expecting. He's still a good musician and singer though, so I hope he plays a set suitable for the festival - including the hits you've mentioned, that we all know and love!

    Fantastic Wickham! Last seen with Rockpile January 1980, I recall a very boozy set up in Newcastle. Thanks, can't wait 😍😍

    cool, like a bit of Nick Lowe.

    Pamela Horrigan

    Bought Jesus of Cool and played it to death! Ace choice! 😉

    Love it, thank you Wickham Festival, first timers last year & had a brilliant time 👍

    Bulls eye! They were fantastic at Engine Rooms last summer Top signing!

    Oh brilliant it’s my birthday on the 8th too!

    Annie - just ‘wow’!!! 😀😀

    Richard Beechey Rod Marshall Steve Rawlings Bill Kennedy

    Brilliant!

    Wow!

    The Jesus Of Cool!

    Absolutely ACE!

    Nick Lowe is excellent live.

    Andrew Price

    David Kentish 👍

    Brilliant news , how about booking Graham Parker as well ?

    Robert Eastwood Jane Eastwood Dave Malzard

    Wonderful! Wickham Festival.... The gift that keeps on giving!

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    'An array of quick witted stories, stunning vocals and polished stage craft, not to be missed'. After a 6 year stint at sea, singer-songwriter Chris Ricketts is returning for a series of festival dates across Europe this summer and will be launching his new album at Wickham in August. ... See MoreSee Less

    An array of quick witted stories, stunning vocals and polished stage craft, not to be missed.  After a 6 year stint at sea, singer-songwriter Chris Ricketts is returning for a series of festival dates across Europe this summer and will be launching his new album at Wickham in August.
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