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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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    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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