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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    Great new video from Graham Nash urging everyone to stay home and stay safe. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROCzHRzHYdM ... See MoreSee Less

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    This was a Highlight for me from Last Year's Festival, Could not belive the Sound it was Amazing 👌

    That made me properly smile for the first time in days. Thank you Wickham and thank you Mr Nash .

    For me too. The Graham Nash and Judy Collins double header made that first night really special

    He was amazing last yr. Thank you for sharing. Paul Meredith listen to this and set what you missed. Xx

    He was fantastic last year!

    Yeah, he was brilliant

    Liz Ferla xx

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    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesday's sunshine. As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: 'I never thought I'd be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32'. Lockdown has some benefits! ... See MoreSee Less

    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesdays sunshine.  As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: I never thought Id be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32.  Lockdown has some benefits!

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    I've rung there when visiting Wickham Folk Festival... lovely ring, church, and welcome x

    ...and what a lovely pollution free sky too x

    It is a lovely church with a huge amount of history.

    Everyday of Festival last year, had a Walk down and and sat with a Coffee looking across to Church, still 🙏 I can Again this Year 😎

    Never thought I would see so many parking spaces in the square 😀

    What a lovely looking church

    Diocese of Portsmouth

    Chelsea Grant ❤

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    Lovely video. Kinda appropriate right now. Great music brings people together, bridging what divides us and inspiring us through dark times. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Two artists we've tried to book over the years, so far without success, are Joan Baez & John Prine. John is critically ill on a ventilator thanks to Covid-19. Here's Joan signing his song Hello In There. Get well soon John. ❤️

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJPvc5vvKY4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0vK_mJ4-SX-gbE_Y7MkIE0cYlifh2kuJu...
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    Many years ago I gate crashed John Prine's 50th birthday party, I was hitch hiking down through the American south back in 1996... Got to Nashville, walked into a bar and there he was celebrating in the back room with a whole load of his musician friends, including Nanci Griffith if I remember rightly.. Good times... long ago... Get well soon buddy!

    Oh nooooo, John! Bad news, that. He cancelled his gig at Bridgewater Hall about a month ago. Would have loved to see him. Thanks for sharing this Janey, will have a listen now xxx

    Anne Stephenson, Sian Aubrey. 💜🙏

    Shari Denson💗

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