Wickham Festival News

2017 is around the corner and we wish you all a Happy New Year

Tomorrow will be your last chance to save £40 on every adult season ticket to next year’s Wickham Festival.  We’re assembling an incredible line up for 2017.  They’ll be many welcome returns for the likes of The Levellers, 10cc, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Show of Hands, and Oysterband …

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More confirmed artists for the 2017 Wickham Festival

We’re pleased to announce another batch of artists for 2017.  There’s a real mix of talents with some returning acts as well as artists making their Wickham Festival debut.  From poetry to Punjab inspired percussion and then onto “cowpunk” … as always they’ll be something different we guarantee you won’t have seen before!

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A walk on the wild side

We really appreciate all the blogs people post of their visit to Wickham Festival on our Facebook Page.  England doesn’t get more picturesque than Wickham, forget the Lake District … we’ve got all the countryside you’d want right here!  A particular thanks to Smudger, with his passion for nature and ecology.  You can read his visit to Wickham Festival 2016 here.

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Hot off the press … Presenting the Wickham Festival 2017 line up

We’ve just posted our 2017 line up with many more announcements to come.  August might seem a long way off but there’s no rest for the wicked.  For the very latest in our 2017 line up news please head on over to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.  The Levellers, Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands are certain to please the Wickham faithful.  In the coming weeks we’ll be updating our site with all the info we can … not least artist profiles including social feeds and videos.  We’ve got a busy time ahead!

Getting ready for Wickham Festival 2017

It’s been a busy week at Wickham Festival HQ.  It’s not long until we start announcing artists for 2017.  In preparation we’ve moved our line up from last year into our yesteryear section.  To view everything from last year, view our 2016 Line Up page.  From there you can see the full 2016 line up, link to artist profile pages, read festival reviews in the media, listen to interviews, view gallery images and watch videos.  Everything from 2016 in one place!

Please follow our Facebook or Twitter pages for when we announce the first artists for 2017.  You can still save £40 on ‘earlybird’ season tickets if you book by December 31st.

Wickham Festival 2016 Gallery

With December fast approaching and the freezing weather outside, it’s time to reminisce about the fantastic festival we had this summer.  We’ve just updated our gallery area with over 200 photos from Wickham Festival 2016.  Click here to remember what music in the sunshine looks like.  What better way is there to cure the winter blues?

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Fantastic finale for Wickham Festival

It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend as the best ever Wickham Festival came to a fantastic finale.

With record crowds, glorious weather and a bill of top artists, organisers were quick to hail the four-day fiesta as their best yet.

It proved so successful that hundreds of fans have already booked for next year’s event (Aug 3-6) taking advantage of a £60 discount on a weekend ticket. Continue reading “Fantastic finale for Wickham Festival”

Roger Taylor of Queen joins Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox on stage at Wickham Festival

It was a Kind of Magic as Roger Taylor of Queen brought the third day of the Wickham Festival to a fantastic finish.

The rock legend provided guest vocals for the SAS Band at the end of a rousing set which saw Toyah Willcox, Fish and Madeline Bell perform their own and others’ hits.

There was also a guest slot from Bill Oddie who had earlier given an enlightening talk on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports. Continue reading “Roger Taylor of Queen joins Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox on stage at Wickham Festival”

Tony Hadley and Eddi Reader get Wickham Festival off to great start

It was True Gold as Tony Hadley kicked off the Wickham Festival in style last night.

The Spandau Ballet frontman wowed a crowd of around 5,000 with a sensational set of old favourites and new material in an electric atmosphere under the Big Top.

He gave the fans exactly what they wanted in a memorable 90-minute gig which included Through the Barricades as well as True and Gold. Continue reading “Tony Hadley and Eddi Reader get Wickham Festival off to great start”

Introducing the headline acts for “The Quay West Cave”

We’re incredibly excited about the acts appearing in the all new “Quay West Cave” over the weekend.  Not least because this is the place to see the very best local artists and the wealth of talented musicians we have right here on our doorstep.  Wickham Festival has always been about supporting local artists and promoting our part of the world.  We’ve just added some profiles to tempt you over to this stage, so head on over!

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Bill Oddie to give talk at Wickham Festival for the League Against Cruel Sports

Bill Oddie will be making a special guest appearance at this week’s award-winning Wickham Festival.

The television entertainer and renowned conservationist will be giving a talk on behalf of the League against Cruel Sports at three o’clock on Saturday afternoon.

The comedian, actor and author, who shot to prominence with the Goodies in the 1970’s, will be delivering a serious message in his own inimitable style as part of the Festival’s link with the charity.

Having written and sung a string of comic hit songs for the Goodies including the Funky Gibbon, there is also a strong chance that the 75-year-old may perform with the SAS Band later that evening. Continue reading “Bill Oddie to give talk at Wickham Festival for the League Against Cruel Sports”

Madeline Bell and Fish promise special SAS Band slot at Wickham Festival

The SAS Band hope to crown their headline appearance at the Wickham Festival with a special tribute to the music stars who have died in 2016.

Already this year fans have mourned the passing of David Bowie, Prince and Maurice White from Earth, Wind and Fire among others.

Spike’s All Star Band is made up of varying big name artists who play their own and other musicians’ hits for a great party atmosphere and Madeline Bell, who will be appearing with them on August 6, is planning a fitting send-off. Continue reading “Madeline Bell and Fish promise special SAS Band slot at Wickham Festival”

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    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends? We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available. People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost. Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: www.festivalglamping.com ... See MoreSee Less

    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends?  We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available.  People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost.  Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: http://www.festivalglamping.com

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    Wow!

    Oh i wish i could have afforded that for our 40th anniversary

    Fiona Morgans.....?

    Moo Brown

    Helen Trimarco Ransome ? 😉

    Anne Smith Mark Smith

    Nicola?

    Sara Ball. this could have been you....

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    One artist we're really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins. Some tickets still available... but selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    One artist were really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins.  Some tickets still available... but selling fast.

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    Click on this link for the full Wickham Music Festival line-up plus day & weekend ticket details www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Great opportunity to see a true, true legend. A word that is often used to describe very big but not legendary names.

    Graham Nash, oh I can't wait !! 👍👍😎 xxxxx

    Angela Hamilton

    Can't wait to see him.

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    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year. And we're installing more luxury loos on our campsites. And we've extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year.  And were installing more luxury loos on our campsites.  And weve extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂

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    Better loos than New Day then!

    Great work guys x

    More toilets in the main area would be good too!

    Please reserve me a front row seat😁👍

    A few more showers would be good too.

    You need a few of these around the site Peter...........

    That's a relief 😁

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    Big Screens! In response to many requests we'll have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists. ... See MoreSee Less

    Big Screens!  In response to many requests well have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists.

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    Great! Another vertically challenged regular who you have made very happy!

    Brilliant!!

    This is the festival that keeps on giving! Still shoehorning in quality bands at this late stage(Holy Moly) and now big screens!

    I can't wait for my first Wickham fest - it's been WOMAD for over 20 years, thought I'd have a change. ... bring it on! 😊 🎵

    Excellent!

    Hurray hurray!!

    Hi Wickham are you still allowing people to take up all the room with their camping chairs in the big top ?

    Great idea. Those of us who are vertically challenged salute you!

    Thank God you didn't last year!! My arse is big enough and so did not be need to be on the big screen too. Pretty sure they could see it way outside the big top!

    What about a VIP area in both main tents? Given the increase in price from last year (£60 up to £80?)

    Roughly how many people come to this festival ?

    I'm sure there were big screens last year?

    Is this the real reason that you have had your eyes upgraded to HD 😨

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    Less than six weeks to the start of this year's Wickham Festival. Who are you looking forward to seeing this year? Check out our website at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up for details of who's on when. ... See MoreSee Less

    Less than six weeks to the start of this years Wickham Festival.   Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?  Check out our website at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up for details of whos on when.

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    You Peter Chegwyn to thank you for always bringing an awesome line up to suit all ages & tastes and introducing us to new artists. Can’t wait for Wickham before we head over to Festival Interceltique Lorient Brittany to catch the incredible Carlos Nunez. 🎶👏

    Looking forward to another great year 😀😀

    Our first time. Loads of great music to look forward to. Coming especially to see State of the Union

    My first time here. Really looking forward to it

    Our first time - coming because of the fantastic line up - TMTCH, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, Ralph Mctell and did I see Gilbert O Sullivan too?? Seen him before brilliant

    That is my grandaughter on the left in the pink dress, looking very sad because she wanted to be in the photo!

    Its a great lineup. Looking forward to some old favourites and finding some new ones! Pitching up on the Weds and in for the duration!

    Sarah Billingham Geoff Billingham so excited xxx

    Our first time at Wickham, usually go to Womad but fancied a change this year. Really looking forward to it 😊

    Frank Turner. Skinny lister

    The rhubarb cider

    Holy Moly and the Crackers, reliving the first time I saw them 🤩🤩🤩

    Love this photo

    Dread zone and Afro Celt ...

    Afro Celts, Charli and Derek ❤

    Too many to name, but I hope y'all come to the other stages! There are amazing acts on the bill.

    Kim Kwim Workman, show Jorgie - she's in the picture!

    The Afro Celts and the cheese on toast seller 😃

    Afro Celts, Sam Kelly, Skinny Lister, Frank Turner and hope Le Vent Du Nord join up with Breabach

    The Proclaimers!!

    Only doing one night so Skinny Lister and The Proclaimers 😁

    Judy Collins, Ralph Mctell, Graham Nash...........

    Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ralph McTell and many many more!!!

    Lucinda Williams :-)

    Definitely Ralph McTell but always on the lookout for someone I’ve never seen before, a few years back I first saw Le Vent Du Nord - excellent band so will be intending to catch them again.

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