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Day 3 – review

Frank Turner received a homecoming hero’s welcome as he took Wickham Festival by storm.

The Wessex Boy grew up just nine miles from the picturesque site and his affection for the area was clear in a pulsating set which had the huge crowd on a high.

Homecoming hero Frank Turner

Organisers have been after him for years but dates never quite matched – until now. And it was well worth the wait!

From the moment he burst onto the stage to launch into “Get Better” he had the crowd in the palm of his hand – at least until the encore when fans had him in the palms of their hands as he went crowd surfing!

Frank Turner tries crowdsurfing at Wickham

For Frank, it was show number 2,372 but a very special one as he continually referenced his roots and even apologised for taking so long to appear here.

He stressed how he loved the great line-up and the chilled atmosphere then joked: “When I was growing up just nine miles away, I used to lie in bed dreaming that one day I would play my 2,372nd show in Wickham!”

The crowd loved the banter as much as the supercharged set which followed on from another superb show from evergreen Wickham favourites The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

The Men They Couldn’t Hang

They proved the perfect warm-up for the headline act with a typically high-octane delivery to build on a fantastic set from Grace Petrie.

She was clearly move by the wonderful reception she received, not just for her music but also her ideals and beliefs which came through in her lyrics and her passionate rants.

Grace Petrie

Her fight for LGBT rights and her campaign against transphobia – or bigotry – went down well with the open-minded and receptive audience.

Meanwhile on the Village Stage Holy Moly and the Crackers were also going down a storm with their magical moonshine mix.

They were followed by Elephant Sessions who won over many new fans before Afro Celt Sound System rounded off another great night at Wickham.

There is still plenty more music to come on Sunday with Hollywood legend Kiefer Sutherland and his band followed by Alabama 3 on the Village Stage.

Over on the Valley Stage there is a fantastic four-pack of Ralph McTell, Lucinda Williams, Lindisfarne and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

This year’s festival has drawn huge crowds

Please note Sunday is completely sold out and no day tickets will be available at the box office which is open to receive applications for next year (August 6-9). Fans booking before they leave can save up to Β£80 on a weekend ticket.

Check out our twitter feed @festivalwickham for interviews with Frank Turner, Swill from The Men They Couldn’t Hang and Grace Petrie. And visit our facebook page for a gallery of pictures from our wonderful Wickham photographers.

 

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    Great News! Thanks to the Govt. saying they intend to allow festivals from June 21 with no restrictions, this year's Wickham Festival will go-ahead as planned. Book now and save Β£60 on every 4-day adult season ticket. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Great News!  Thanks to the Govt. saying they intend to allow festivals from June 21 with no restrictions, this years Wickham Festival will go-ahead as planned.  Book now and save Β£60 on every 4-day adult season ticket.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Alex Edwards

    Alan Hinton

    Darren Taylor

    Hooray! Rolled over my tickets from last year, just booked hotel for the 3 nights! Now I have to hope Jelly Belly Bean shop in Wickham is still trading!

    How do you get information on having a trade stand?

    That's a bloody good line-up

    Best news this yr. Have so missed live music. Have my tickets from last yr safely put away.

    Can we roll over to next year if we can't go?

    Have you got covid safety restrictions in place? X

    Best news ive heard since last march, πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽΆ

    Looks amazing...what a lineup!

    Spent most of last march and April in hospital with covid and have been isolating ever since. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to this.

    Fantastic news ........if Leo Sayer can’t make it .......maybe worth asking The Undertones or The Members to replace him .

    Can I start packing my bags now - very excited! πŸŽΌπŸŽ΅πŸŽΆπŸ˜ƒ

    Brilliant, I love Show of Hands and Liza Carthy.

    Is Leo Sayer not playing now?

    Is it £60 off the advertised price or is already deducted?

    Yippppoeeeee the government must have heard me asking yous if it’s going ahead

    Excellent news! Bought tickets last year and have been keeping fingers crossed that it goes ahead. Can’t wait to see the SAS band again 😁

    I really hope this goes ahead - been waiting so long & such a fantastic line-up!

    Is there any way of upgrading a day ticket to the full weekend?

    Love Eddi Reader, which day will she be there?

    To get the saving to buy the 4 day adult season ticket do I click on tier 3 weekend plus Thursday plus Friday as I can’t see the season ticket as a one off. Am I being thick?

    All booked...thank you!😎🎡🌼

    Got our tickets and can't wait πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    Cracking new video from Edward II. Their album 'Dancing Tunes' is being released on March 12. Edward II will be appearing at Wickham on Sunday 8th August 2021.
    www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR0c707_EyVEk37mvyP6JrqaZzfcqDUTGvIqqx4nsI88XL8TBDn-8VJt5fw&v=Hi2i...
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    Thanks for posting Peter ... I hope your festival goers will share this link with their friends ... See you in August

    Jayne MW 😍

    Pre-orders for the new album from www.edwardii.co.uk

    A great new song & video from Oysterband. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Simon Wootton

    Debbie Lyall

    That's so lovely!

    Lovely photographs to accompany the song too

    You've done it again Oysterband, a song for our times πŸ’š xx

    Brilliant

    Tania try here!

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    Tonight (Tuesday, 16th) at 8pm. Our live-streamed concert and multi-media event featuring top Scottish band Breabach and BAFTA winning animator Cat Bruce. Tickets via this link: myplayer.uk/dusgadh ... See MoreSee Less

    Tonight (Tuesday, 16th) at 8pm.  Our live-streamed concert and multi-media event featuring top Scottish band Breabach and BAFTA winning animator Cat Bruce.  Tickets via this link: https://myplayer.uk/dusgadh

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    Really enjoyed watching this tonight. Thank you Wickham and Breabach! Our kids loved it too.

    Absolutely fantastic! Thank you

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