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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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    Newly confirmed. The inimitable John Otway Band will be at Wickham next summer on Sat. 3rd Aug. Same night as Skipinnish & Tanjus the Henge. You can still save £70 on 4-day earlybird weekend tickets via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets if you book before Xmas. ... See MoreSee Less

    Newly confirmed.  The inimitable John Otway Band will be at Wickham next summer on Sat. 3rd Aug.  Same night as Skipinnish & Tanjus the Henge.  You can still save £70 on 4-day earlybird weekend tickets via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets if you book before Xmas.

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    Great stuff so far, thank you! Only a handful of acts and I'm already worrying about clashes in stage times ;) Got one of the early EarlyBird tickets and Glamping ...so very happy so far...this'll be my 5th Wickham, you never disappoint :)

    The line up is looking so good!

    Had legit no idea who he was last time but dad said id like him so i went and listened. Laughed so hard my ribs hurt cant wait for round 2

    Please, I beg you, don't put Tankus and John on different stages at the same time ;)

    How about Hawkwind great festival band.

    *Tankus* the Henge!

    Brilliant, I look forward to seeing him.

    Madder Mill Molly I think there'll be a few of us at this one 🙂

    OMG ... this is shaping up to be the best line up ever! Will have Beware of the Flowers as an earworm for the foreseeable future, but that's a price worth paying 😁

    Martin Turners Wishbone Ash, Focus, Turin Brakes, Los Pacaminos, Albert Lee

    Wickham Music Festival Any chance of booking Attila too? And yes, I know I'm being greedy

    Is he bringing Wild Willy Barrett? 😳😳😳

    oh joy, rock royalty

    Wickham Music Festival - thank you again. Any chance of The Devil's Prefects and JollyRoger?

    Colin Foster

    How about the Longest John’s The Longest Johns also Carlos Núñez back again with a brand new album #CelticSea which he’ll be showcasing at Celtic Connections

    Paul Day 😁

    Any chance of getting Doris Brendel. Rick Parfitt Jnr and The RPJ Band. Clive Jackson. Nell Bryden, or even Kim Thompsett

    Track Dogs said they hadn't heard yet - but were up for performing again. Is that possible?

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    Newly confirmed. 3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldn't Hang. More to be announced shortly. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Newly confirmed.  3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldnt Hang.  More to be announced shortly.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    We can not wait, we love Wickham Music Festival xxxxx

    Great so far! Please get Tide Lines back!

    Excellent!

    Excellent 🤘🤘

    Brilliant 😍

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    Brilliant band! 😊

    Can we have the SAS band and Alabama 3 back please 🙏

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Love 3DM first saw them 23 years ago doing a street fair in Evershot, Dorset. Have seen them every year since a great lively band and very Wickham

    Can’t wait to volunteer again 😊

    Awesome!!! Got my ticket months ago, so am so excited!! xx

    This just gets better and better. When are you going to announce the Second Coming of Warren Zevon, who will be headlining on Sunday !!!!!! Four acts announced, albums by three in my collection......That's what makes Wickham such a wonderful festival and the musical highlight of my year......!!

    Yusss!

    Another fantastic band! Thank you 🙂

    Happy days!

    Can’t wait

    I love it when these announcements start. I don't know this band but it gives me a chance to start researching. So looking forward to Wickham Music Festival August 2024. Tickets bought in August 23!

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    So happy that 3 Daft Monkeys Are at Wickham next year. They were awesome at South Petherton earlier this year 😊

    Yay 😃

    Yessss, excellent, one of my favourites😁

    Great craic are those 3 Daft Monkeys.

    If Saw Doctors make it a hat trick , I'll be as happy as a pig at a wet Wickham festival.

    Megan James Astrid must be thrilled with the line up so far for Wickham! All her favs x

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