Wickham Festival News

Day 1 – review

Here comes the Sun! Headliner Steve Harley could not have picked a better opening song as he closed the opening night of the 2018 Wickham Festival.

After last year’s downpour on the eve of the event, the weather was perfect this time around.

Not the muddy start that welcomed you last year.

The festival got under way in glorious sunshine – with three more days forecast. And the Cockney Rebel frontman picked up on the mood.

Despite nursing a broken hip, Harley produced a high-energy set which had the crowd singing along to his string of hits finishing, of course, with Come Up and See Me Make Me Smile.

Steve Harley produced a rousing finale

It was a rousing finale to a fantastic first day with Imar and then the South picking up the tempo after Les Barker’s hugely entertaining poetry readings.

Imar got the Valley Stage fans dancing with their infectious blend of celtic tunes before the South dipped into their huge catalogue of hits to delight the crowd.

The South had the crowd dancing

Meanwhile the Village Stage – now extended to become a second main stage – was rocking to Mad Dog Mcrea followed by the pulsating beat of the ever-popular Dhol Foundation.

After all that excitement, many were not ready to turn in and headed to the Quay West Cave for the late-night comedy which is proving a big success once again.

Friday’s comedy set will be held on the Village Stage as it features internet sensation Jonathan Pie who is sure to draw a big crowd.

Jonathan Pie has become an internet sensation

 

The music gets under way at noon building up to headline sets by Show of Hands (Valley Stage) and Skipinnish (Village Stage) with Kate Rusby, Martyn Joseph and Boo Hewerdine providing quality support among many others.

Day and weekend tickets are still available at the box office. Parking is free and plentiful and with top quality food and drink, arts and craft stalls and a host of free activities for children (Under 10’s admitted free, 10-16 half-price) the Wickham Festival is the perfect place for a fun weekend.

 

Take the chance to try body painting!
A heavenly vision
There is plenty of entertainment as you walk round the site

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    For those with plenty of puff, we'll have didgeridoo workshops at this year's Wickham Festival. ... See MoreSee Less

    For those with plenty of puff, well have didgeridoo workshops at this years Wickham Festival.

     

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    Colin Lacey 😱😱😱

    Bill Wallace

    Charlotte Birch 😍

    Fiona Chivers 😊

    Rosemary Nash you’ve got to give this a go

    Ben - I'm sure you could borrow one of Martin's 🙂

    Edward Fletcher

    You jest Rachel but rob can play one we have three at home 🤣

    Andrew Terry

    Clive Lightfoot Mel Lightfoot 😂😂😂

    Cindy Harrison?

    Steve Lawless

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    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in today's Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins. She's appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame. ... See MoreSee Less

    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in todays Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins.  Shes appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame.

    Couple of late additions to our 2019 line-up. The wonderful traditional Irish singer Cara Dillon and the award-winning musician Luke Daniels. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiGsYjyeeuUwith Sam Lakeman and John Smith ... See MoreSee Less

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    Better and better!

    Absolutely brilliant! Well done Wickham 😎👍

    Can I ask what day will cara dillon be playing?

    Excellent Wickham 👍👍👍

    Excellent. She was terrific with Transatlantic Sessions....!

    Jonathan Coppock

    Absolutely superb additions - looking forward to August more and more each day!

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    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member.  Any guesses?

     

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    Cara Dillon would be good

    Cara Dillon?

    Maire Brennan would be great though

    Sharon Shannon?

    it's already Wednesday

    Lisa O’Neill

    Mary Black?

    Luke Daniels ? Moya Brennan? Sharon Shannon?

    Val Doonican ??????????????

    That looks like Florence to me 😂

    Have I missed it ? Wednesday now lol Btw Have you asked wildwood kin yet ????❤️

    Julie Feeney?

    Brilliant line up this year best one yet Cara Dillon?

    Wickham Music Festival who was the announcement ?

    Davy Spillane

    Are we still waiting....patiently 🤔

    Still waiting!

    Who is it?! 🤔

    Brendan Power?

    Moya Brennen and Luke Daniels??

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    1st-4th Aug. Wickham, Hampshire. Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Click the photo to enlarge. Please 'Like' & 'Share'. Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    1st-4th Aug.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Click the photo to enlarge.  Please Like & Share.  Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

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    Would love to but realise we are in Scotland that week - running around the forests orienteering! You will have to enjoy it for me! X

    That is a belting line up. Frank Turner, Alabama 3 (full band or Sound system? Either is good), Afro Celt Sound System, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkies, BSSOVD (ooerr!) Well done the booking team.

    Half way down the post, below the headline acts is this guy, who I have loved since the 1980s https://youtu.be/wzHSJSJ_ias

    Better line up then Larmer Tree Festival !! In my opinion

    Scott have you announced this yet? I’ve lost track. 😂

    Never seen The Proclaimers live.

    The ‘Kiefer Sutherland Band’? Fuck off! Make it on merit not on your celebrity in another field!

    All booked.. do we leave on a Monday?

    Hope to see Big Brother Soul again, they were one of last years highlights x

    Great line up. Wish I didn’t stay north of the border😢

    Fantastic lineup! Why is Sam Kelly hidden away at the bottom? BIGGER 😁

    How much please

    Tracy McAndrew Edies 1st festival??

    I hope they put the main acts in the big top n not on 2nd stage as they did last year n thats its not so flamin hot

    Stephanie Loveridge

    When will you publish stage and time slot per artist please?

    The proclaimers when did they sneak in ?

    The best lineup you guys have ever had. 👍

    That is a wicked line up for Wickham Festival?

    Are we going ? Jasper Mark Haywood

    Brilliant line up well done Peter I know you have been working hard on this.

    Better Line-up than the Isle of Wight !

    Shame its not Wickham Market!

    Dave Randall have a look who's there..lol

    What a brilliant line up this year 😁 x

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