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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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    Delighted to say that, after many audience requests, singer-songwriter Beans on Toast will make his Wickham Festival debut in 2020 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVxHiKzoinI ... See MoreSee Less

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    We're delighted to announce that The South will be back at Wickham in 2020 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sbWXyaXm4o ... See MoreSee Less

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    P.S. Don't forget Wickham season tickets make great Christmas presents. You can save £50 on every 4-day adult season ticket if you book now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

    Saw the wonderful Skinny Lister at the Wedgewood rooms last night, loved their set at Wickham last year... Well worth bringing back for 2020!

    Just back from seeing Skinny Lister in Aldershot, they were awesome all over again, please.... if they're touring, get them to swing by 😍🌑

    Hope they play during the weekend.

    Hmm, not a fan, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time! πŸ€— But I agree, Tom Robinson was just fantastic, one of those unforgettable moments. Can we persuade him to come back next year? πŸ˜‰ 🎢 x

    Omg can’t wait to see these again they played the first time we came to wickham festival xxxx

    Megson would be a great booking

    Fabulous! !!!!

    In the interest of equality can we also have ‘The North’ ‘The East’ and The West’ ? Or is that being too Equalitarian ? Whatever, I thought Graham Nash this year was the icing on the friggin’ cake. Just superb !

    Yay, they were fab last time they were there!

    Wow, looking forward to this!

    Brill, love them - thanks

    Brilliant last time

    Love these!! Good news

    Maybe it's just me, but as good as all the musicians you've announced are, Wickham doesn't appear to be putting anything much new or different on the bill. A lot of repetition from other years, which is a shame as it has been a festival I've really enjoyed.

    Hoorah!

    Hooray!

    Brilliant

    Viv fingers crossed they're on the weekend!

    Tom Robinson please

    Jim Irvine, I am a happy bunny πŸ‘πŸ‘

    So excited they were amazing when I last saw them!

    David Kentish it gets better and better! Just need to see Reg Meuross and Hipsway in the line up now...!

    With the line-up so far we won’t want to work next year 😁 Please can we be near the stage again πŸ˜‰

    The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are playing too. Bought tickets as soon as I saw that. 😍

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    Confirmed today! The multi-award-winning Scottish band Talisk will be back at Wickham in 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2432sMhkNuU&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less

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    So many of Scotland's finest singers & musicians booked for the 2020 Wickham Music Festival - Capercaillie; Talisk; Eddi Reader; The Peatbog Faeries; Manran; Old Blind Dogs; Peat & Diesel... and more to come!

    This is such good news. One of my absolute favourites ❀️

    They are fantastic - Can't wait to see them!🎢

    Saw them at the Ashcroft Centre a couple weeks ago and they were great to listen to with fun banter too. πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Fantastic news especially as you have sneaked 'the Doggies' in as well πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Great news. Can’t wait!

    Hurray hurray!!!!

    Any news about Los Pacominos?

    Just gets better and better.....

    Kat Percy Rattler Ben Millier

    Good news. How about Anxo Lorenzo who is playing London in January

    Jim Irvine ❀️

    Jonathan Coppock

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    Another great live band confirmed. The East Pointers from Prince Edward Island will be back at Wickham in 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiuU3e-3_uo ... See MoreSee Less

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    They look good! When were they last at Wickham, Peter?

    Fantastic news. Absolutely loved them a couple of years ago. Brilliant. πŸ‘πŸŽΆ

    They were fab!

    We saw this band in Oz last year..Amazing..

    Loved them last time. Made me want to do a trip to the PEI Festival!

    Wonderful! They are my first confirmed gig of 2020 so far, and it will be great to see them again at Wickham. WTG Peter....another fabulous line-up taking shape.....Trials of Cato would be another good addition!

    Saw them last year, they are fantastic!!

    awesome love them ☺

    These are fantastic Emma Capps

    Brilliant

    Yeahhh love em!

    Lidia Matusiak :)

    Excellent, they were fab last time...

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    Another great booking for Wickham 2020. The wonderful Eliza Carthy and the Restitute Band will be performing on Saturday 8th August 2020. Save Β£50 on 'earlybird' 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Another great booking for Wickham 2020.  The wonderful Eliza Carthy and the Restitute Band will be performing on Saturday 8th August 2020.  Save Β£50 on earlybird 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    I see Sharon Shannon has been booked for the Cropredy Festival. Given that she's in the country then, PLEASE try and book her for Wickham - she'd be brilliant (oh & how about Richard Thompson too!).

    Can't wait! 🌿

    Well done Wickham! This is amazing news.

    Could you give us a list of all acts booked so far. Pretty please

    Brilliant news! The acts booked so far are excellent. Well done!

    Whoop whoop whoop ... πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸŽΆ brilliant news, counting down the days already πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    That’s a great guest! Excited already.

    Another great booking - it's already looking like a superb line up (so glad I got my early ticket)!!

    That's a great booking.

    Another great choice.

    This is great!

    Can’t wait

    Whooohooo

    Woo hoo!!!!

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