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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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    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends? We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available. People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost. Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: www.festivalglamping.com ... See MoreSee Less

    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends?  We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available.  People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost.  Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: http://www.festivalglamping.com

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    Wow!

    Oh i wish i could have afforded that for our 40th anniversary

    Fiona Morgans.....?

    Moo Brown

    Helen Trimarco Ransome ? 😉

    Anne Smith Mark Smith

    Nicola?

    Sara Ball. this could have been you....

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    One artist we're really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins. Some tickets still available... but selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    One artist were really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins.  Some tickets still available... but selling fast.

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    Click on this link for the full Wickham Music Festival line-up plus day & weekend ticket details www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Great opportunity to see a true, true legend. A word that is often used to describe very big but not legendary names.

    Graham Nash, oh I can't wait !! 👍👍😎 xxxxx

    Angela Hamilton

    Can't wait to see him.

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    3 days ago

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    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year. And we're installing more luxury loos on our campsites. And we've extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year.  And were installing more luxury loos on our campsites.  And weve extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂

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    Better loos than New Day then!

    Great work guys x

    More toilets in the main area would be good too!

    Please reserve me a front row seat😁👍

    A few more showers would be good too.

    You need a few of these around the site Peter...........

    That's a relief 😁

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    Big Screens! In response to many requests we'll have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists. ... See MoreSee Less

    Big Screens!  In response to many requests well have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists.

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    Great! Another vertically challenged regular who you have made very happy!

    Brilliant!!

    This is the festival that keeps on giving! Still shoehorning in quality bands at this late stage(Holy Moly) and now big screens!

    I can't wait for my first Wickham fest - it's been WOMAD for over 20 years, thought I'd have a change. ... bring it on! 😊 🎵

    Excellent!

    Hurray hurray!!

    Hi Wickham are you still allowing people to take up all the room with their camping chairs in the big top ?

    Great idea. Those of us who are vertically challenged salute you!

    Thank God you didn't last year!! My arse is big enough and so did not be need to be on the big screen too. Pretty sure they could see it way outside the big top!

    What about a VIP area in both main tents? Given the increase in price from last year (£60 up to £80?)

    Roughly how many people come to this festival ?

    I'm sure there were big screens last year?

    Is this the real reason that you have had your eyes upgraded to HD 😨

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    Less than six weeks to the start of this year's Wickham Festival. Who are you looking forward to seeing this year? Check out our website at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up for details of who's on when. ... See MoreSee Less

    Less than six weeks to the start of this years Wickham Festival.   Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?  Check out our website at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up for details of whos on when.

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    You Peter Chegwyn to thank you for always bringing an awesome line up to suit all ages & tastes and introducing us to new artists. Can’t wait for Wickham before we head over to Festival Interceltique Lorient Brittany to catch the incredible Carlos Nunez. 🎶👏

    Looking forward to another great year 😀😀

    Our first time. Loads of great music to look forward to. Coming especially to see State of the Union

    My first time here. Really looking forward to it

    Our first time - coming because of the fantastic line up - TMTCH, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, Ralph Mctell and did I see Gilbert O Sullivan too?? Seen him before brilliant

    That is my grandaughter on the left in the pink dress, looking very sad because she wanted to be in the photo!

    Its a great lineup. Looking forward to some old favourites and finding some new ones! Pitching up on the Weds and in for the duration!

    Sarah Billingham Geoff Billingham so excited xxx

    Our first time at Wickham, usually go to Womad but fancied a change this year. Really looking forward to it 😊

    Frank Turner. Skinny lister

    The rhubarb cider

    Holy Moly and the Crackers, reliving the first time I saw them 🤩🤩🤩

    Love this photo

    Dread zone and Afro Celt ...

    Afro Celts, Charli and Derek ❤

    Too many to name, but I hope y'all come to the other stages! There are amazing acts on the bill.

    Kim Kwim Workman, show Jorgie - she's in the picture!

    The Afro Celts and the cheese on toast seller 😃

    Afro Celts, Sam Kelly, Skinny Lister, Frank Turner and hope Le Vent Du Nord join up with Breabach

    The Proclaimers!!

    Only doing one night so Skinny Lister and The Proclaimers 😁

    Judy Collins, Ralph Mctell, Graham Nash...........

    Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ralph McTell and many many more!!!

    Lucinda Williams :-)

    Definitely Ralph McTell but always on the lookout for someone I’ve never seen before, a few years back I first saw Le Vent Du Nord - excellent band so will be intending to catch them again.

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