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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    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 £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 £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, 🎊🎉🎶

    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! 🎼🎵🎶😃

    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 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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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.
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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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    Debbie Lyall

    That's so lovely!

    Lovely photographs to accompany the song too

    You've done it again Oysterband, a song for our times 💚 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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