Wickham Festival News

Day 1 – review

Wickham rolled out the red carpet for rock and roll royalty as the 2019 festival got off to a superb start

Two music legends took to the Valley Stage to set a high bar for the rest of the event with an awesome double-header.

Graham Nash

Graham Nash rolled back the years with a magnificent set which went down a storm with the crowd.

Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he dipped into his extensive back catalogue with a string of crowd-pleasers which sounded as fresh as ever.

It was a tough act for his close friend Judy Collins to follow but if anything her set was even more incredible, if only for the way this multi-talented star showed she is still going strong.

Astonishingly even at the grand age of 80, her crystal voice is still as pure and as delicate as ever sending shivers down the spine.

Judy Collins

Her impromptu rendition of Oh Danny Boy was just beautiful alongside such favourites as Both Sides Now and Send in the Clowns.

But the most special treat was reserved for the encore as she performed a heart-rending new song Dreamers, despite previously saying she wouldn’t perform it outside the USA.

The hardest part of the day for fans was choosing between so many top acts. While Judy Collins was sweetly serenading the Valley Stage, the Proclaimers were rocking it up on the Village Stage.

They rolled out all their big anthems in a storming set which kept up the momentum set by Skinny Lister’s raucous rampage.

The Proclaimers

The two double-acts ensured the opening night was a big success on both stages which now have equal billing.

Sadly, Nash had to leave quickly after his set and was unable to join Judy Collins on stage for a duet.

Graham Nash and Judy Collins

Other highlights included Matthews Southern Comfort and the ever-popular Steve Knightley as well as John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers who walked 13 miles to the festival before performing an impromptu song for those queueing at the ticket office.

There are limited day tickets available for Friday and Saturday but these are going fast so fans are advised to arrive early, cash sales only.

Weekend season tickets for next year (August 6-9) are now available at Β£110 for adults… a saving of Β£90 if bought before Sunday evening. Cheques and cash will be accepted.

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    Another top-class Gaelic-influenced Scottish band confirmed for Wickham 2020. Tide Lines will join Tankus The Henge and The Peatbog Faeries on our Village Stage on Thursday 6th August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU05IStEgSM ... See MoreSee Less

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    Oh fantastic saw them at Larmer last year πŸ‘

    Brilliant news - they really were a highlight at Cropredy too. One of my suggestions so glad to see you are listening πŸ˜‰

    Fabulous live band saw them twice this year

    Fabulous band who brilliant live!

    They are a big favourite HebCelt Festival if you are in this neck of the woods definitely worth seeing!!

    Donna McGowan look who is at Wickham this year!!!

    Ooh something new

    Jim Irvine Belinda Irvine

    Shelley Hackett!

    Harriet Mary

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    We've joined many other festivals in donating tickets for a huge prize draw to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross and WWF-Australia. Please support this very deserving cause. Details here: www.facebook.com/YOSA2020/posts/2482221742058132We, like so much of the world, have been devastated by the bushfires that have swept across Australia.

    We have set up a prize draw to help raise funds for the Australian Red Cross and WWF-Australia, a fantastic list of prizes have been donated by events such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe, HebCelt Festival & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival amongst many more.

    Full details on the prizes and how to buy a ticket to enter the draw and help raise funds can be found here β€” yosa2020fireappeal.eventbrite.co.uk
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    Weve joined many other festivals in donating tickets for a huge prize draw to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross and WWF-Australia.  Please support this very deserving cause.  Details here:  https://www.facebook.com/YOSA2020/posts/2482221742058132

    Nice bit of Americana from The Local Honeys who are touring the UK later this month and who'll be appearing at Wickham on Friday 7th August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F6k4Xdrj4Q&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less

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    I've seen The Local Honeys. A good addition to Wickham!

    Fab, love them!

    As seen first at Square Roots Promotions πŸ˜€

    For those who've been asking, Merry Hell will perform TWICE at Wickham 2020. A full band set on Saturday evening followed by an acoustic set on Sunday afternoon. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwt6Yr1qpvI ... See MoreSee Less

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    There's always something for everyone at Wickham. I usually find some treat gems in the unknown to me artists. Looking forward to see what surprises this year brings.

    Well i went for 1 day last year and seen lindisfarne, ralph mcTell, my hero, then Sam Browns heros, then saw gilbert O Sullivan, who blew me away plus other very good acts. As i had enjoyed it so very much i decided to book for the full 4 days plus localish hotel plus flight from Cyprus to Gatwick, plus train fare. Now looking at performers what a waste of time as only know 2. Leo Sayer, who is crap and Scottish singer???? Thats how good this years turn out is what a waste of time.

    I've never heard them, but heard a lot about them and they're clearly very popular, so looking forward to seeing them.

    I think the bill you have announced so far is stunning, every new announcement makes me say yeh again and again.

    Paul Campbell this is a great little festival and I know you’re a fan of these guys.

    Great band .... a must

    Oh yes!😊

    They are BRILLIANT

    Excellent..how about coco and the butterfields

    Rub the salt in, go on....☹️

    Pete Wheeler

    Shelley Hackett!

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