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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.

Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a talented entertainer to Wickham. As an artist, actor and ornithologist, Bill Oddie is a household favourite to millions across the country.

Bill Oddie
Bill Oddie will be giving a talk for the League Against Cruel Sports

“I am sure his talk for the League Against Cruel Sports will be both educational and entertaining and it is a real bonus for the thousands who have already bought tickets for Saturday.

“In addition we also have X Factor winner Matt Cardle guesting with the Trevor Horn Band and on the same bill we also have the SAS Band featuring Roger Taylor of Queen, Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox. They always create a fantastic party atmosphere so it should be a memorable night.

“With Oysterband plus Chas & Dave also appearing on the Saturday, tickets were already selling really well and now we expect to be close to a sell-out with the three other nights also going fast.”

Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley tops the bill on the opening night on August 4 with the Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam as the main attractions 24 hours later.

Lindisfarne close the family-friendly event on Sunday August 7 with strong back-up from Steeleye Span, Hayseed Dixie and festival favourites the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

The hugely-popular four-day fiesta was voted Best Festival (Under 15,000 capacity) at last year’s Live UK Music Business awards and this year’s event looks to be even better.

In addition to the three regular stages, there will now be a fourth platform where local and unsigned bands can perform with a view to possibly landing themselves a contract or at least gaining further exposure.

There will be the usual array of craft and clothing stalls as well as a wide variety of high quality food outlets and a huge range of activities for children who can roam safely.

Chegwyn added: “We pride ourselves on our family-friendly reputation and tickets are already selling well with sales up on last year’s record-breaking event.

“There is a real feelgood factor about this festival which reflects our rapidly-growing reputation locally, nationally and internationally with fans coming from the USA, Canada and even Australia.

“Parents can enjoy the music knowing their youngsters are being well entertained. The atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed which is why so many people book to come back year after year, even before the line-up is announced.

“But with so many top names now confirmed we are looking forward to this being our biggest and best event yet.”

Weekend tickets are £160 or £80 for Under 16’s with Under 10’s admitted free. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday can be bought for £60 (£30 Under 16’s) while evening tickets (after 6pm) are £40 (£20). Details at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk or email eastfest@talk21.com

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    Excellent Festival planning meeting on Sunday in the gloriously sunny garden of the Kings Head pub in Wickham. The Festival is ON, the planning is going well, tickets are selling like hotcakes, and we're looking forward to August! 😃 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Tickets bought...first time for me after the cancellation of 2000Trees and Cambridge FF ...and seeing this fantastic line up, so many of my fav bands, particularly Nick Parker Megson, Seth Lakeman and Gaz Brookfield - can't wait !

    Thank you all! 👏🎶i we cannot wait to be at wickham once again!

    Great news.

    Hi , Are you still taking applications for bands ? Thanks

    Every time you put something on here it causes me to have a virtual bag pack 😃. Can't wait🎵

    Fantastic

    Must find out what I did with last year's tickets

    I recognise that garden Rebecca Wolage Jeremy Pereira Rich Pereira Claire Pereira.

    Sue Waight Di Carter

    Huzzah!

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    The SAS Band (Spike's All-Stars) will be at Wickham on Thursday 5th August feat. Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel); Graham Gouldman (10cc); Tom Robinson; Toyah; Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) & more. Tickets www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Not missing this. Tickets booked 👍

    Love the SAS Band and working at the Wickham Music Festival so double happy. Can't wait.

    Great festival. 😁

    Sue Bladon Marcia Brogan ... so looking forward to our Hampshire & Wickham Festival outing ... fingers crossed Mel C might rock up with the SAS band to make my day!! 💜

    That'll be ace! (Did I mention The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York?????........not to be missed either).

    Can’t wait- it’s been too long!

    Jamie Moses ?

    Can’t wait to see them x

    No Roger Taylor?

    Can't wait!

    Do you think Toyah will bring Robert?

    Fingers crossed this doesn't happen here Peter......

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    We're looking forward to welcoming Van Morrison to Wickham on Saturday 7th August 2021. Tickets selling fast.
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    Snooze.. but Slambovian Circus of Dreams !!!!! Wowser,, good call Pete XX !!!!!

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    Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Safe, relaxed & friendly. The ideal summer staycation! Save £40 on 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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    Looking forward to this, great festival and line up.

    Sounds good! Would love to see Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, the South, amongst others 👍🏻

    I saw The Waterboys at Hurtwood Park a couple of years ago.. they were brilliant.

    Great work Wickham - see you in the summer!

    What’s the covid passport status of the event?

    Great festival and right on our doorstep! \😁/

    Got weekend ticket, tee shirt 2021. Bring on August

    Sam Jefferies I wanna go to this if I'm not gigging myself. I've seen Van Morrison live very good. Also it's on around my birthday

    I like Van Morrison! 😁

    Stanley Jordan! That'll blow a few minds.

    John Otway blimey, last time I saw him I was 18.. (60 now)

    Gemma Noakes shall we get tickets?

    So looking forward to this.

    Will you have the 2 metre distancing rule in place???

    Got tickets🥳

    Wickham has a great line-up this year.

    Which artists are appearing which days ?

    Love Van the Man. Saw him many years ago at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Fab ! It's a great line up too.

    Something to look forward to😎

    What are weekend season tickets?

    Wow! Van Morrison, The Waterboys AND Nick Lowe. Bring it on 😃😃😃

    Not forgetting The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York State? (www.slambovia.com)

    and amazing The Slambovian Circus of Dreams !! good call Peter !!!

    Can’t wait for the big day 😊🍺🎶

    Looking forward to going.

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    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening. Won't be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again. Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening.  Wont be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again.  Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Bought our rhubarb cider direct from Lilleys last year. Bloody lovely

    I’ve arranged a heatwave

    Jayne MW Michael Dickinson Lauren Burton We should do something like this 🤣🤣🤣

    Fab fammily festival

    Can’t wait 🍻

    Salud 😎🍻🎶

    Pam Smart what are we wearing?

    Pauline Whiteman

    Can't wait. So looking forward to it.

    Looking forward to it 1😊

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