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Best ever Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival faces an almost impossible challenge – how to top our best ever event!

With record crowds flocking to see the likes of Kiefer Sutherland and Frank Turner, organisers know it will be a tough task to surpass such a successful weekend.

Kiefer Sutherland at Wickham Festival

But they are determined to continue growing the hugely popular event in the picturesque Hampshire village while still retaining the unique relaxed atmosphere.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “It was a fabulous weekend, our best event yet. But that gives us the problem of how on earth do we top it?

“But it is a very nice dilemma to have and we will definitely be looking to make it even better – although it will be tough!

The Wickham festival was a huge success

“We had our best ever sales with Sunday a complete sell-out and the other three days very close. We had our strongest ever line-up and we have had record renewals with hundreds already taking advantage of the Earlybird discounts to book for next year.

“Although they don’t know the line-up, they know it will be strong and they know our very special chilled vibe will be the same as ever.

Kiefer Sutherland drew a huge crowd

“Many of this year’s artists have already asked if they can come back and that shows just what a special event this is. They love playing here because of the friendly welcome they get from all the staff and from the fans.

“It shows just what a special event this is that so many singers are now approaching us rather than the other way round.

“It is now firmly established as one of the most popular events on the circuit and although we may grow it slightly – and are always looking at ways of making it even better – we have no desire to be another Glastonbury. Our atmosphere is our big selling point and we won’t do anything to risk compromising that.

“It was wonderful to see the site full and everyone going round with big smiles on their faces, which is why we do this. We have had fantastic feedback from visitors and of course it has been great for local businesses as the festival really benefits the village.”

There were smiles all round at the Wickham Festival

There was something for everyone with music legends such as Judy Collins, Graham Nash and Lucinda Williams mixed with evergreen stars like Gilbert O’Sullivan, Lindisfarne and Ralph McTell as well as big bands such as Level 42 and The Proclaimers.

Chegwyn added: “They all responded to the fans and really put a lot into their shows. The reaction was fantastic across all four days.

“Frank Turner’s performance was amazing. We have been after him for years and were finally able to make it happen. It was definitely worth the wait. He was a really nice guy and we would have him back in a heartbeat.

“Mark King of Level 42 loved the event and said they would love to come back as did American guitarist Stanley Jordan. It is lovely when big stars say what a wonderful festival it is. Now the planning starts for next year.”

Fans who return the forms given out at the festival or book before August 15 can save up to £70 on a weekend ticket as well be entered into our competition to win a very special signed t-shirt. Prices will increase on 1st Setember 2019.  Please vists our tickets page here.

 

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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. ❤️

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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. 💜🙏

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