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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    Lovely weather this Easter weekend. Let's hope the sun keeps shining for the Wickham Festival in August, Please see our website for full line-up & ticket details: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnhnJY_Dz-QThe 2018 Festival was a fantastically successful year for Wickham Festival! Gorgeous weather and a strong, varied lineup drew the crowds to our Hampshire cou... ... See MoreSee Less

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    Looking forward to watching the sunsets again!!

    Fingers crossed!

    Let’s hope so Clare Sherratt, Simon Pascoe and Dave.... 😁

    Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August. Wickham, Hampshire. Voted the UK's 'Best Small Festival' Safe, relaxed & friendly with great music on 4 stages + lots of other entertainment. Click on the poster to enlarge or visit our website via this link: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Voted the UKs Best Small Festival  Safe, relaxed & friendly with great music on 4 stages + lots of other entertainment.  Click on the poster to enlarge or visit our website via this link:  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

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    Dreadzone 👍 Matthews Southern Comfort ✌️ ... my 1st Wickham festival - really looking forward to it. May the sun shine on us all Jenny Todd ☀️😊😎🎶

    We've booked this Paparazzi Papparassi Pete Evans can't wait.

    Great line up.

    https://youtu.be/LeHkQYDoVJ0 if the crowd can match this when the proclaimers are on they’ll hear it in Edinburgh!

    I particularly Love Level 42 ! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 👍

    Who the hell is Frank Turner ?

    I recommend to anyone THE ALABAMA 3 ive seen them a few times great albums and great live.

    Great line up all round but Judy Collins is the icing on the cake .She and Joan Baez ( who l recently saw on her farewell tour )inspired me to sing and enjoy a lifetime of folk .

    Better line up than Beautiful Days and get to stay in my county. Im in!

    Blimey that’s a pretty eclectic bill!?!? 🤔

    Unfortunately I’m at another shucks

    Back in 1974, did I ever think I'd see a billing for a festival in 45 years time in which Graham Nash and Judy Collins were on the same bill as Gilbert O'Sullivan. Woodstock seems a long way away!

    How on earth is Lucinda Williams so far down the bill?

    Frank Turner.... absolutely awesome always, Lucinda Williams.... long been a fan but never seen her live, Graham Nash... legendary. Cracking line-up that just keeps getting better 😁

    Afro Celt and The Spooky Men. Can't wait.

    Richard O'Brien now if you want to do a festival as a punter, this is my perfect line up ...

    The Proclaimers. I'm gutted I can't steward this year. I'm having my knee done.

    good lord have they been raising the dead Looks a great line up though

    Saw lindisfarne when I was 16 loved them Graham Nash one of my favs and Mathew southern comfort joyo xx

    Worth the ticket price for level 42 alone,

    How much are tickets including small campervan?

    Excellent lineup.

    Brilliant line up and this year I can’t go😞

    And us, Shirley Knot, singing shanties on Saturday afternoon

    Pity I'm already booked into New Wine that week.....

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    Amazing what you can find on ebay. Are 13 year old Wickham Festival flyers really worth 99p? Do you keep any old programmes, tickets, t-shirts, posters or other memorabilia? ... See MoreSee Less

    Amazing what you can find on ebay.  Are 13 year old Wickham Festival  flyers really worth 99p?  Do you keep any old programmes, tickets, t-shirts, posters or other memorabilia?

     

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    We have some t-shirts signed by Festival headliners. Should we sell them on ebay or run a free competition with them as prizes?

    I'd like a copy of the one I played at where my write up is above rolf Harris 🤣

    You'd be surprised! I had people come into the shop (A Slice Of Vinyl) and ask for the posters to frame.

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