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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.”

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    Delighted to say that, after many audience requests, singer-songwriter Beans on Toast will make his Wickham Festival debut in 2020 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVxHiKzoinI ... See MoreSee Less

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    We're delighted to announce that The South will be back at Wickham in 2020 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sbWXyaXm4o ... See MoreSee Less

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    P.S. Don't forget Wickham season tickets make great Christmas presents. You can save £50 on every 4-day adult season ticket if you book now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

    Saw the wonderful Skinny Lister at the Wedgewood rooms last night, loved their set at Wickham last year... Well worth bringing back for 2020!

    Just back from seeing Skinny Lister in Aldershot, they were awesome all over again, please.... if they're touring, get them to swing by 😍🌡

    Hope they play during the weekend.

    Hmm, not a fan, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time! 🤗 But I agree, Tom Robinson was just fantastic, one of those unforgettable moments. Can we persuade him to come back next year? 😉 🎶 x

    Omg can’t wait to see these again they played the first time we came to wickham festival xxxx

    Megson would be a great booking

    Fabulous! !!!!

    In the interest of equality can we also have ‘The North’ ‘The East’ and The West’ ? Or is that being too Equalitarian ? Whatever, I thought Graham Nash this year was the icing on the friggin’ cake. Just superb !

    Yay, they were fab last time they were there!

    Wow, looking forward to this!

    Brill, love them - thanks

    Brilliant last time

    Love these!! Good news

    Maybe it's just me, but as good as all the musicians you've announced are, Wickham doesn't appear to be putting anything much new or different on the bill. A lot of repetition from other years, which is a shame as it has been a festival I've really enjoyed.

    Hoorah!

    Hooray!

    Brilliant

    Viv fingers crossed they're on the weekend!

    Tom Robinson please

    Jim Irvine, I am a happy bunny 👍👏

    So excited they were amazing when I last saw them!

    David Kentish it gets better and better! Just need to see Reg Meuross and Hipsway in the line up now...!

    With the line-up so far we won’t want to work next year 😁 Please can we be near the stage again 😉

    The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are playing too. Bought tickets as soon as I saw that. 😍

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    Confirmed today! The multi-award-winning Scottish band Talisk will be back at Wickham in 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2432sMhkNuU&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less

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    So many of Scotland's finest singers & musicians booked for the 2020 Wickham Music Festival - Capercaillie; Talisk; Eddi Reader; The Peatbog Faeries; Manran; Old Blind Dogs; Peat & Diesel... and more to come!

    This is such good news. One of my absolute favourites ❤️

    They are fantastic - Can't wait to see them!🎶

    Saw them at the Ashcroft Centre a couple weeks ago and they were great to listen to with fun banter too. 👍👍

    Fantastic news especially as you have sneaked 'the Doggies' in as well 👍👍👍

    Great news. Can’t wait!

    Hurray hurray!!!!

    Any news about Los Pacominos?

    Just gets better and better.....

    Kat Percy Rattler Ben Millier

    Good news. How about Anxo Lorenzo who is playing London in January

    Jim Irvine ❤️

    Jonathan Coppock

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    Another great live band confirmed. The East Pointers from Prince Edward Island will be back at Wickham in 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiuU3e-3_uo ... See MoreSee Less

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    They look good! When were they last at Wickham, Peter?

    Fantastic news. Absolutely loved them a couple of years ago. Brilliant. 👏🎶

    They were fab!

    We saw this band in Oz last year..Amazing..

    Loved them last time. Made me want to do a trip to the PEI Festival!

    Wonderful! They are my first confirmed gig of 2020 so far, and it will be great to see them again at Wickham. WTG Peter....another fabulous line-up taking shape.....Trials of Cato would be another good addition!

    Saw them last year, they are fantastic!!

    awesome love them ☺

    These are fantastic Emma Capps

    Brilliant

    Yeahhh love em!

    Lidia Matusiak :)

    Excellent, they were fab last time...

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    Another great booking for Wickham 2020. The wonderful Eliza Carthy and the Restitute Band will be performing on Saturday 8th August 2020. Save £50 on 'earlybird' 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Another great booking for Wickham 2020.  The wonderful Eliza Carthy and the Restitute Band will be performing on Saturday 8th August 2020.  Save £50 on earlybird 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    I see Sharon Shannon has been booked for the Cropredy Festival. Given that she's in the country then, PLEASE try and book her for Wickham - she'd be brilliant (oh & how about Richard Thompson too!).

    Can't wait! 🌿

    Well done Wickham! This is amazing news.

    Could you give us a list of all acts booked so far. Pretty please

    Brilliant news! The acts booked so far are excellent. Well done!

    Whoop whoop whoop ... 🎶💃🎶 brilliant news, counting down the days already 😀😀😀

    That’s a great guest! Excited already.

    Another great booking - it's already looking like a superb line up (so glad I got my early ticket)!!

    That's a great booking.

    Another great choice.

    This is great!

    Can’t wait

    Whooohooo

    Woo hoo!!!!

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