Wickham Festival News

Day 3 -review

There was a real throwback to the Eighties as a trio of top bands made it party night at the Wickham Festival.

Headliners Squeeze wheeled out all their hits and more in a polished and slick set which had the Valley Stage dancing as the evening reached an exciting crescendo.

Squeeze provided a fantastic finale

It was a tall order for the chart-toppers as they had to follow in the wake of John Illsley, the former Dire Straits bass guitarist who played 75 minutes of hits by arguably the biggest band of the Eighties.

Sultans of Swing and Tunnel of Love were highlights as the Hampshire pub landlord powered through some of the vast catalogue of top tunes to the delight of the packed crowd already on a high from Tom Robinson’s set.

John Illsley played a set full of Dire Straits hits

He showed he is as relevant and as passionate as ever with a fantastic and often emotional performance, none more so than during the ovation for Glad to be Gay which moved not only the singer but many in the crowd.

If you missed Tom Robinson – or want to see him again – he will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Power in the Darkness by playing the whole of the iconic album at the 1865 in Southampton on October 20.

Tom Robinson is as fresh and as relevant as ever

His excellent show followed on from the coup of the popular Pierce Brothers and the livewire show from Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys.

It was another tough night for choices as the excellent Ferocious Dog closed the evening on the Village Stage in style to the delight of their many fans.

Earlier the tent had rocked to a lively set from Merry Hell and the unique style of the Electric Swing Circus who had been due to perform here a year ago.

However, enhanced airport security checks caused them to miss their flight and forced them to cancel a gig for the first and only time.

Electric Swing Circus made up for lost time

They more than made up for it with a vibrant and energetic show which proved hugely popular – even if fans weren’t quite sure how to describe what they had just seen!

And there is still a full day to go with more tough choices between the two main arenas.

The Valley Stage boasts gritty Irish singer Mary Coughlan followed by guitar legend Richard Thompson and then Jon Boden, former lead singer of Bellowhead.

Meanwhile, the Village Stage hosts the manic madness that is the showmen of Tankus the Henge, always popular here. They are followed by another festival favourite in the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and then the Undertones.

Having fun in the sun

Day tickets are available on site, cash only with children Under 10 admitted free and those aged 10-16 getting half-price. Parking is free and plentiful. With more unbroken sunshine forecast, a big crowd is expected to sample the wide choice of food, real ales and ciders and beers as well as the many stalls and free children’s entertainment.

And if you needed further proof of the family-friendly safe setting, one fan was in despair after losing her phone with £120 in the case. It was handed in with cash and credit cards intact. It’s that sort of event!

*If you have enjoyed the festival then why not book for next year now? Save £80 on a weekend ticket (August 1-4) if you book for 2019 before you leave. Visit the box office for details.

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    For those with plenty of puff, we'll have didgeridoo workshops at this year's Wickham Festival. ... See MoreSee Less

    For those with plenty of puff, well have didgeridoo workshops at this years Wickham Festival.

     

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    Colin Lacey 😱😱😱

    Bill Wallace

    Charlotte Birch 😍

    Fiona Chivers 😊

    Rosemary Nash you’ve got to give this a go

    Ben - I'm sure you could borrow one of Martin's 🙂

    Edward Fletcher

    You jest Rachel but rob can play one we have three at home 🤣

    Andrew Terry

    Clive Lightfoot Mel Lightfoot 😂😂😂

    Cindy Harrison?

    Steve Lawless

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    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in today's Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins. She's appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame. ... See MoreSee Less

    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in todays Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins.  Shes appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame.

    Couple of late additions to our 2019 line-up. The wonderful traditional Irish singer Cara Dillon and the award-winning musician Luke Daniels. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiGsYjyeeuUwith Sam Lakeman and John Smith ... See MoreSee Less

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    Better and better!

    Absolutely brilliant! Well done Wickham 😎👍

    Can I ask what day will cara dillon be playing?

    Excellent Wickham 👍👍👍

    Excellent. She was terrific with Transatlantic Sessions....!

    Jonathan Coppock

    Absolutely superb additions - looking forward to August more and more each day!

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    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member.  Any guesses?

     

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    Cara Dillon would be good

    Cara Dillon?

    Maire Brennan would be great though

    Sharon Shannon?

    it's already Wednesday

    Lisa O’Neill

    Mary Black?

    Luke Daniels ? Moya Brennan? Sharon Shannon?

    Val Doonican ??????????????

    That looks like Florence to me 😂

    Have I missed it ? Wednesday now lol Btw Have you asked wildwood kin yet ????❤️

    Julie Feeney?

    Brilliant line up this year best one yet Cara Dillon?

    Wickham Music Festival who was the announcement ?

    Davy Spillane

    Are we still waiting....patiently 🤔

    Still waiting!

    Who is it?! 🤔

    Brendan Power?

    Moya Brennen and Luke Daniels??

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    1st-4th Aug. Wickham, Hampshire. Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Click the photo to enlarge. Please 'Like' & 'Share'. Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    1st-4th Aug.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Click the photo to enlarge.  Please Like & Share.  Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

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    Would love to but realise we are in Scotland that week - running around the forests orienteering! You will have to enjoy it for me! X

    That is a belting line up. Frank Turner, Alabama 3 (full band or Sound system? Either is good), Afro Celt Sound System, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkies, BSSOVD (ooerr!) Well done the booking team.

    Half way down the post, below the headline acts is this guy, who I have loved since the 1980s https://youtu.be/wzHSJSJ_ias

    Better line up then Larmer Tree Festival !! In my opinion

    Scott have you announced this yet? I’ve lost track. 😂

    Never seen The Proclaimers live.

    The ‘Kiefer Sutherland Band’? Fuck off! Make it on merit not on your celebrity in another field!

    All booked.. do we leave on a Monday?

    Hope to see Big Brother Soul again, they were one of last years highlights x

    Great line up. Wish I didn’t stay north of the border😢

    Fantastic lineup! Why is Sam Kelly hidden away at the bottom? BIGGER 😁

    How much please

    Tracy McAndrew Edies 1st festival??

    I hope they put the main acts in the big top n not on 2nd stage as they did last year n thats its not so flamin hot

    Stephanie Loveridge

    When will you publish stage and time slot per artist please?

    The proclaimers when did they sneak in ?

    The best lineup you guys have ever had. 👍

    That is a wicked line up for Wickham Festival?

    Are we going ? Jasper Mark Haywood

    Brilliant line up well done Peter I know you have been working hard on this.

    Better Line-up than the Isle of Wight !

    Shame its not Wickham Market!

    Dave Randall have a look who's there..lol

    What a brilliant line up this year 😁 x

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