Wickham Festival News

Day 2 – review

The Wickham Festival went to a whole new level on Friday – Level 42 to be exact.

Mark King of Level 42

The jazz-funk fusion band was a slight change of direction but proved hugely popular with the crowd dancing in front of the Valley Stage.

Isle of Wight lead singer Mark King set the tempo with an upbeat performance making it clear just how much he loves the event as he reeled off the band’s hits.

The set followed on perfectly from the incredibly talented jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan who gave a masterclass in the instrument as well as showing he is a supremely accomplished pianist.Stanley Jordan

With his trademark style of tapping two-handed, this virtuoso musician from Chicago held the crowd spellbound in wonder at his technique and speed of hand movement.

Over on the Village Stage, there was a reggae party going on – again showing the diversity on offer at this unique event.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Baka Beyond got things going with an energetic set following on 3 Daft Monkeys who made their slot with minutes to spare after a nightmare journey.

And Dreadzone brought the evening to a pulsating close to a rousing reception from a big crowd.

Baka Beyond

With the Spooky Men’s Chorale bringing their own unique brand of madness and Gordon Haskell showing why he is still one of the best around, this was another day to treasure.

But Saturday looks set to surpass it with Wessex Boy Frank Turner headlining on the Valley Stage preceded by evergreen Wickham favourites The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Grace Petrie, Dervish and the wonderful Cara Dillon.

On the Village Stage, Afro Celt Sound System will be beating out their dhol drums after Elephant sessions and Holy Moly & the Crackers.

With two other stages, plenty of good food and drink, craft stalls and free entertainment for children, it promises to be a fantastic family day out. A Few day tickets remain but will go fast with the day likely to sell out.

These can be bought at the box office, cash only and subject to availability. The box office is also accepting applications (cash and cheques) for next year offering a saving of up to Β£80 on a weekend ticket.

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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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