Wickham Festival News

Day 4 – review

Kiefer Sutherland stole the show as the Wickham Festival came to a fantastic finish.

The Hollywood action star of 24 showed he is equally at home with a guitar as a gun when he brought his band to the tiny Hampshire village.

Kiefer Sutherland

His presence drew a capacity 7,000 crowd with the day completely sold out and the Village Stage Big Top packed long before he took to the stage with thousands clamouring for a glimpse of the actor.

And he did not disappoint with a 75-minute set of country, rock and blues to prove this was no novelty act.

With two hit albums to his name, his music was a perfect fit for this boutique festival which is now established as a major event in the south.

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer was clearly bowled over by the rousing reception from the crowd going out of his way to say: “I can’t tell you what an honour it is to perform for an audience like this.”

He mixed old and new, slow and fast with both passion and precision to the delight of the crowd who had flocked to see a true icon in action.

It was a tough act for Alabama 3 to follow but they managed it with a powerful set which kept the party going right until the curfew signalled the start of another 12-month wait.

Alabama 3

While the Village Stage was hosting a party, the Valley Stage housed more traditional acts with a fantastic four-pack to finish the festival.

Ralph McTell proved his voice is as strong as ever with a delightful set to pave the way for another music legend in Lucinda Williams.

She was followed by the ever popular Lindisfarne who delivered their usual high quality set before Gilbert O’Sullivan wheeled out the hits to close what has been a hugely successful event.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Tickets are already on sale for next year. Even though the line-up has still to be decided, hundreds have already reserved their places safe in the knowledge it will be high quality and the atmosphere will be as chilled and vibrant as ever.

Fans can save up to Β£80 on a weekend ticket by returning the booking form by August 12 – or save Β£70 if you book online.

 

 

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    Great new video from Graham Nash urging everyone to stay home and stay safe. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROCzHRzHYdM ... See MoreSee Less

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    This was a Highlight for me from Last Year's Festival, Could not belive the Sound it was Amazing πŸ‘Œ

    That made me properly smile for the first time in days. Thank you Wickham and thank you Mr Nash .

    For me too. The Graham Nash and Judy Collins double header made that first night really special

    He was amazing last yr. Thank you for sharing. Paul Meredith listen to this and set what you missed. Xx

    He was fantastic last year!

    Yeah, he was brilliant

    Liz Ferla xx

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    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesday's sunshine. As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: 'I never thought I'd be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32'. Lockdown has some benefits! ... See MoreSee Less

    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesdays sunshine.  As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: I never thought Id be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32.  Lockdown has some benefits!

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    I've rung there when visiting Wickham Folk Festival... lovely ring, church, and welcome x

    ...and what a lovely pollution free sky too x

    It is a lovely church with a huge amount of history.

    Everyday of Festival last year, had a Walk down and and sat with a Coffee looking across to Church, still πŸ™ I can Again this Year 😎

    Never thought I would see so many parking spaces in the square πŸ˜€

    What a lovely looking church

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    Chelsea Grant ❀

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    Lovely video. Kinda appropriate right now. Great music brings people together, bridging what divides us and inspiring us through dark times. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Two artists we've tried to book over the years, so far without success, are Joan Baez & John Prine. John is critically ill on a ventilator thanks to Covid-19. Here's Joan signing his song Hello In There. Get well soon John. ❀️

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    Many years ago I gate crashed John Prine's 50th birthday party, I was hitch hiking down through the American south back in 1996... Got to Nashville, walked into a bar and there he was celebrating in the back room with a whole load of his musician friends, including Nanci Griffith if I remember rightly.. Good times... long ago... Get well soon buddy!

    Oh nooooo, John! Bad news, that. He cancelled his gig at Bridgewater Hall about a month ago. Would have loved to see him. Thanks for sharing this Janey, will have a listen now xxx

    Anne Stephenson, Sian Aubrey. πŸ’œπŸ™

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