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Deacon Blue added to Wickham Festival line-up

Deacon Blue are the latest big name to be added to the stellar line-up for the Wickham Festival which runs from August 5-8.

The Scottish rock band, who had a massive hit with Real Gone Kid, will close the Saturday night show following on straight after headliner Van Morrison.

It is another coup for organisers who are now expecting the remaining Saturday tickets to go quickly.

Festival chief Peter Chegwyn said: “With Van Morrison headlining, we are already close to capacity for August 7. With the addition of Deacon Blue, I imagine we will sell out very soon.

“And with folk legends Fairport Convention being added to the Sunday bill, it is no surprise tickets are going fast – for all days.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to get Deacon Blue as I know they will be hugely popular with our fans. And that addition is our way of saying thank you to all those who have stuck with us and supported the festival through a very tough time for all of us.

“We have a very loyal following and thousands rolled over their tickets from last year or bought well in advance as a show of faith so we are now aiming to put on our best event yet.

“After more than a year of lockdown and restrictions, people are desperate to get out again and to enjoy top quality live music. With a superb line-up and our unique family atmosphere, it is little wonder we have seen record sales. We want this to be a party to remember!

“Sadly, a lot of events have already been cancelled but we held our nerve and we are thrilled that the easing of the rules means the Wickham Festival is definitely going ahead. Our decision not to cancel has been vindicated and we are all set for a record-breaking, successful and safe festival.”

Fairport Convention, who recently were forced to cancel their own Cropredy Festival, have stepped in to replace the Waterboys who have been forced to postpone their set until next year.

With one band member living in France and another in America, they are unable to travel because of Covid restrictions but have already been booked in to headline Sunday August 7, 2022. Fans will be able to roll over their tickets at no extra cost.

Also added to the Saturday line-up is Moya Brennan ‘The voice of Clannad’ while Liam O’Maonlai & Peter O’Toole of the band ‘Hothouse Flowers’ will be appearing on the Sunday in place of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams who have also been forced to cancel because of the pandemic. Similarly, Skerryvore will be appearing on the Sunday instead of Lil’ Jimmy Reed with the Troublenotes also prevented from travelling.

Deacon Blue will close the Saturday night at Wickham Festival

Chegwyn added: “We have had to make a few minor adjustments but we are delighted that virtually the entire line-up remains unaltered – with some excellent additions.

“We will of course still be monitoring developments and taking all the appropriate safety measures as the well-being of the artists, staff and fans is our main concern.

“The main stage will now be open air and the arena space has been doubled though we are going to great lengths to retain the trademark intimate atmosphere.

“We will be setting up plenty of sanitising and hand-washing stations and will encourage people to bring their own chairs and to respect each other’s space.”

Other artists include Lindisfarne, Nick Lowe, the South, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Nine Below Zero and the SAS Band including Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Tom Robinson, Graham Gouldman (10CC), Toyah, Madeline Bell and Spike Edney (Queen) – plus many more.

In addition to the four music stages, there will be late-night comedy featuring Keith Farnan, Steve Bugeja, Jayde Adams and others. And there will be the usual craft stalls, high quality food outlets and plenty of free entertainment for children.

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    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon. It's going to be a great Wickham Festival. 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon.  Its going to be a great Wickham Festival.  😊

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    Huge thanks to the hidden heroes who work so hard.

    Coming on Sunday just for the day. First time to Wickham. Very much looking forward to it!

    Well done!!! You deserve a nice hot cuppa and a good sleep now!! Can't wait for the festival. Will be up the campsite later this afternoon to pitch our tent!!. Fingers crossed for good tent pitching weather!!🤞🏕

    Wow it’s really coming together now!! Wickham Festival Crew 2021 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍

    Thank you all. We'll be on our way soon, ready to set up camp. See everyone later 😎

    Well done everyone!

    Well done, Wish you well with your event. Great to see events springing back to life.

    Have a fab time all. So jealous Babs 👶 xx


    Hoooray,well done workers.Hooray for Wickham.

    Safe travels everyone and see you in a field in a few hours 🎶🎸🍻🌞

    Well done everyone, its going to be great!

    Leaving soon so should be there for midday 🎶🎸🤘🍻🌞

    Gonna have to wait for next year and had so been looking forward to it. Too much virus around for me to risk it. Have fun everyone

    Does anyone know where the mixed camping field is yet at all please? Just want to try and avoid joining unnecessary queues 😊👍🏻

    Ps I've printed my 2020 tickets...hope these are OK at entrance?

    Top job.. we're on our way.

    I'll certainly be fit by end of weekend! Wonder how many step!?? Lol

    Looking forward to our Camel Camp later

    Travelling from Bristol tomorrow. How is the ground on site? Still dry I hope!

    Triffic! All on daily B12 injections , I hope. (Arcane Woodstock reference and I hope you aren't.)

    Wickham Music Festival We’re not camping but we’re coming to the opening concert tonight. Will it be obvious where we should park? And I’m guessing it means there’ll be a ticket/ wristband exchange open? Thanks😁

    We are here …lovely volunteers to welcome us in

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    Great to have Bug Beats at Wickham presenting the worlds first socially-distanced Silent Disco with full COVID-Secure measures in place

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    Ooooooooo mmmmmmm ggggggggg. I was just thinking tonight about silent disco. Fiona Morgans Russell Martin Maureen Clapson .....I'll be here.....hope you'll be here too 🥰🥰🥰

    Absolutely brilliant. Love it. 😎

    Helen Manuel it’s back!!!!!! 😃😃😃😄🎧 xxx

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    Ivor Taylor Stephanie Taylor ooh I do like a silent disco 👏👏


    That is SO cool!

    Loooooooove this !!!!!

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    See you tomorrow ….one more sleep 💤 - ridiculously excited 😆

    We drove down yesterday. A five hour drive. This is what it looked like on arrival😀

    Really excited for this weekend ♥️

    See you tomorrow. Really looking forward to it. Great picture ❤️

    It looks very spaced out, lots of room well done Pete and everyone for this

    Happy, happy days. Let's let the good times roll

    First timers! But we can’t get there until Friday. Save us a camping spot 😜

    Stupidly excited to be coming back. Safe travels everyone and thank you Peter and team for creating this for us xx

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    Fantastic line up

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    looking bloody good…..

    Woo hoo!!!!!

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    And as the sun goes down.......

    See you tomorrow.😀

    Who’s travelling more than 100 miles to the festival ?

    Will there be morning yoga this year?

    See you Thursday 🙂

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    Samba time! We're looking forward to Swan Samba bringing their Brazilian beats to our Festival on Sunday morning. The drumming/dancing band performs a fusion of samba styles including Samba Reggae, Funk, Maracatu, Ijexa, Batucada, Ragga and more. www.swansamba.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Samba time!  Were looking forward to Swan Samba bringing their Brazilian beats to our Festival on Sunday morning. The drumming/dancing band performs a fusion of samba styles including Samba Reggae, Funk, Maracatu, Ijexa, Batucada, Ragga and more. www.swansamba.co.uk

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    Ooo, hope it is nice and early! might I suggest they parade around the camping fields for the listening pleasure of those who may have forgotten to pack alarm clocks and might otherwise miss the glory of a Hampshire dawn......

    Can anyone please tell me if I need to print my tickets? Help!

    What time on Thursday will the ticket office be open please?

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    Most excited!!! 🎶🎶🎶

    We are so so looking forward to this. First gig in 18 months!

    Time for some bag packing & swopping & adding & changing back again😆

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    Woo hoo will be reading and offering spirit board readings for groups xxx

    Sooo glad you’ve held out and are going ahead! Best way imaginable to celebrate Wendy Carter’s 60th birthday.🙂

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    I feel like I'm cheating on Cambridge (we've been seeing each other now since 1987) but I'm very much looking forward to Wickham.

    Really excited for this!

    I need to talk to someone about a change in circumstances which means I may need to swap tickets any chance of a reply before Wednesday because I have emailed twice and not had a reply.

    Who is on at the community centre on Wednesday?

    How do we book parking? Is it free with tickets or do we need to pay? Wickham Music Festival

    We're heading down from Cumbria on Wednesday. Is there a map of the festival site please?

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    We have full festival tickets but cannot arrive until Friday. Will we struggle for camping space?

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    When is it happening?

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    Elaine Puddicombe you going this year?

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