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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    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! πŸ€— But I agree, Tom Robinson was just fantastic, one of those unforgettable moments. Can we persuade him to come back next year? πŸ˜‰ 🎢 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 πŸ‘πŸ‘

    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 πŸ˜‰

    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. πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Fantastic news especially as you have sneaked 'the Doggies' in as well πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    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. πŸ‘πŸŽΆ

    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 Β£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 Β£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 ... πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸŽΆ brilliant news, counting down the days already πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    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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