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.

Archives by year

  • 2019 (7)
  • 2018 (25)
  • 2017 (27)
  • 2016 (23)
  • 2015 (19)
  • 2014 (2)
  • Facebook Posts

    Lovely weather this Easter weekend. Let's hope the sun keeps shining for the Wickham Festival in August, Please see our website for full line-up & ticket details: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnhnJY_Dz-QThe 2018 Festival was a fantastically successful year for Wickham Festival! Gorgeous weather and a strong, varied lineup drew the crowds to our Hampshire cou... ... See MoreSee Less

    Video image

     

    Comment on Facebook

    Looking forward to watching the sunsets again!!

    Fingers crossed!

    Let’s hope so Clare Sherratt, Simon Pascoe and Dave.... 😁

    Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August. Wickham, Hampshire. Voted the UK's 'Best Small Festival' Safe, relaxed & friendly with great music on 4 stages + lots of other entertainment. Click on the poster to enlarge or visit our website via this link: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Voted the UKs Best Small Festival  Safe, relaxed & friendly with great music on 4 stages + lots of other entertainment.  Click on the poster to enlarge or visit our website via this link:  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

    Comment on Facebook

    Dreadzone 👍 Matthews Southern Comfort ✌️ ... my 1st Wickham festival - really looking forward to it. May the sun shine on us all Jenny Todd ☀️😊😎🎶

    We've booked this Paparazzi Papparassi Pete Evans can't wait.

    Great line up.

    https://youtu.be/LeHkQYDoVJ0 if the crowd can match this when the proclaimers are on they’ll hear it in Edinburgh!

    I particularly Love Level 42 ! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 👍

    Who the hell is Frank Turner ?

    I recommend to anyone THE ALABAMA 3 ive seen them a few times great albums and great live.

    Great line up all round but Judy Collins is the icing on the cake .She and Joan Baez ( who l recently saw on her farewell tour )inspired me to sing and enjoy a lifetime of folk .

    Better line up than Beautiful Days and get to stay in my county. Im in!

    Blimey that’s a pretty eclectic bill!?!? 🤔

    Unfortunately I’m at another shucks

    Back in 1974, did I ever think I'd see a billing for a festival in 45 years time in which Graham Nash and Judy Collins were on the same bill as Gilbert O'Sullivan. Woodstock seems a long way away!

    How on earth is Lucinda Williams so far down the bill?

    Frank Turner.... absolutely awesome always, Lucinda Williams.... long been a fan but never seen her live, Graham Nash... legendary. Cracking line-up that just keeps getting better 😁

    Afro Celt and The Spooky Men. Can't wait.

    Richard O'Brien now if you want to do a festival as a punter, this is my perfect line up ...

    The Proclaimers. I'm gutted I can't steward this year. I'm having my knee done.

    good lord have they been raising the dead Looks a great line up though

    Saw lindisfarne when I was 16 loved them Graham Nash one of my favs and Mathew southern comfort joyo xx

    Worth the ticket price for level 42 alone,

    How much are tickets including small campervan?

    Excellent lineup.

    Brilliant line up and this year I can’t go😞

    And us, Shirley Knot, singing shanties on Saturday afternoon

    Pity I'm already booked into New Wine that week.....

    + View more comments

    Amazing what you can find on ebay. Are 13 year old Wickham Festival flyers really worth 99p? Do you keep any old programmes, tickets, t-shirts, posters or other memorabilia? ... See MoreSee Less

    Amazing what you can find on ebay.  Are 13 year old Wickham Festival  flyers really worth 99p?  Do you keep any old programmes, tickets, t-shirts, posters or other memorabilia?

     

    Comment on Facebook

    We have some t-shirts signed by Festival headliners. Should we sell them on ebay or run a free competition with them as prizes?

    I'd like a copy of the one I played at where my write up is above rolf Harris 🤣

    You'd be surprised! I had people come into the shop (A Slice Of Vinyl) and ask for the posters to frame.

    Load more

    Our Twitter Feed