Wickham Festival News

Steve Wickham & Joe Chester

Steve Wickham is recognised as Ireland’s premier rock fiddler since the mid-1980s. His distinctive playing has been a major contribution to the Waterboys groundbreaking records over the years.  He will be performing at Wickham Festival 2022 on Friday 5th August with special guest Joe Chester.  You can expect musical mischief, songs and tunes from both their repertoires.

Steve became a member of The Waterboys in 1985 shortly after playing on their seminal album “This is The Sea”. He continues to tour and record with Mike Scott and The Waterboys. Writing songs and music has always been part of his musical life. He continues to explore new musical territory composing for Film and Theatre and other eclectic projects, such as a crossover suite of music with Sligo Baroque Orchestra and Congolese soukous band ‘Tropicana Musica’.

He has recorded and performed with U2, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Bob Dylan, Sharon Shannon and many other artists in the worlds of rock and traditional folk music. He made his recording debut with U2 in 1982 on their break through album, War, playing on “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Drowning Man”.

Steve also writes and records with world music group NoCrows. The ‘Crows’ have released six albums to date and continue to tour extensively.

He composed the score for Tom Mc Intyre’s plays ‘The Midnight Court’ and ‘Caoineadh Airt O’ Laoghaire’, both performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He also collaborated with Michael Harding on his plays ‘Bog Dances’ and ‘Sleeping a Lovesong’.

Steve scored the film ‘Witness to the Future’ (2016), and the documentary ‘Prisoners of the Moon’, both directed by Johnny Grogan.

The Saw Doctors

Celebrating 30 years of touring the UK, The Saw Doctors will play four major concerts in London, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow at the end of this year. Before that they are performing at Wickham Festival on Friday 5th August 2022 in a UK Festival Exclusive. They haven’t played a UK Festival for almost 10 years so this is a real coup for us!

This will be the Irish band’s first visit to the UK in five years. Back in 2017 The Saw Doctors played sell out shows at London Shepherd’s Bush, Manchester Apollo and Glasgow Academy as part of a fifteen date UK tour.

“To quote John Belushi’s character Jake – ‘We’re putting the band back together’. What a relief it is to go playing live again after two years of Covid restrictions”
Leo Moran

Starting out playing in Galway pubs, The Saw Doctors were invited to tour with Mike Scott of The Waterboys, spending six weeks on the ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ tour in the UK in 1989. The Saw Doctors went from strength to strength when their second single ‘I Useta Lover’ spent nine weeks at Number One and became Ireland’s best-selling single of all time, outselling U2 and Sinéad O’Connor.

Over the years, The Saw Doctors have built up a reputation as an unmissable live band with sold out tours and an abundance of festival appearances, including Glastonbury & T in the Park. Famed for their unrelenting energy, a Saw Doctors live show is performed with as much passion and fervour today as at their small-town pub gigs 30 years ago.

“If The Saw Doctors could bottle the sort of bonhomie that can make an entire concert hall feel better, they would have the medicine show to end them all”
Paul Sexton, The Times

“The Saw Doctors are one of the great live bands”
Chris Evans

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code AKA Ross Wilson, appearing on Friday 5th August 2022, was formed and soon started to get rave reviews for early live performances. Through 2009 and 2010 Blue Rose Code shared the stage with many celebrated writers including Bert Jansch, Kris Drever, King Creosote, John Renbourn and James Yorkston.

The debut album, North Ten, was released by Reveal Records (home to Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Kris Drever, Roddy Woomble etc) a perfect fit for an artist’s who’s debut features legendary bassist Danny Thompson (Kate Bush, John Martyn, Talk Talk etc). The first single from the album, ‘Julie’ was released on January 28th 2013.  The ‘Julie’ E.P also features three exclusive non album recordings, including a cover of Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’ (a song Blue Rose Code first aired live on a recent UK tour with label mates Lau).

 

The Mary Wallopers

The Mary Wallopers are a folk group from Dundalk, breathing new life into both well known & rare ballads. Travelling the length & breadth of the country singing & collecting songs, they exude a raw energy that could be described as the Clancy Brothers meet John Lydon.

“Isn’t there hope for the country with the mary wallopers in it”
Tommy Tiernan

“The Mary Wallopers’ trademark charm and irreverence is matched only by their staggering talent”
Hotpress

Johnny Kalsi – DJ Set

Not only will our Festival patron Johnny Kalsi be appearing with The Dhol Foundation on Saturday, he’ll also be doing a DJ Set on Friday August 5th 2022.

Back in 2019 the wonderful Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation and The Afro Celt Sound System agreed to be our first-ever Festival Patron. Johnny has performed at Wickham in several guises over the years and says he loves our Festival.

Johnny commented:
After being associated with Wickham Festival for many years, it’s an honour to become the first Patron/Ambassador of this Incredible family festival that has been voted the best Family Festival in the UK. I feel proud to wave the Wickham Festival Flag and I sincerely hope to uphold the reputation of the festival as the “Face of Wickham Festival”.

Yves Lambert Trio

Yves Lambert is well known for his charisma and generosity on stage, and is considered a reference point when it comes to Québécois folk music. Certain Québécois critics even regard him as a guiding light on the whole subject of Québec’s cultural heritage. Through his long-time association with the band La Bottine Souriante, Yves Lambert was a founding member and pillar of the group from 1976 to 2002. For the past 40 years M. Lambert has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Québec and Canadian borders. From 2002 to 2021 Yves Lambert released 7 albums, earned 3 Album Traditional of the Year at ADISQ, Group of the Year at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards and Singer of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards. For his last release “Lâche moi l’tordeur” in November 2021, Alexandre Vigneault, Canadian journalist from La Presse, called him “a National treasure”.

In 2022 he was awarded the “Order of Canada” for his role in the revival, modernization and promotion of traditional French-Canadian music.

Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright is beginning again … and we are more than delighted to welcome her to the Wickham Festival stage on Friday 5th August 2022!

The beguiling performer and songwriter returns with Love Will Be Reborn, out in August. Not since 2012’s Come Home to Mama has a Martha Wainwright record been so full of original written material. Wainwright’s fifth studio album follows recent years of loneliness and clarity in search of optimism and joy.

Wainwright wrote the first song—and what would become the title track— of the record a few years ago. It was a very dark time, she says, but the positivity and luminosity of “Love Will Be Reborn” signalled what was to come. The song simply poured out of her.

Much of Wainwright’s songwriting since 2016’s Goodnight City felt too raw. “There were several years where I picked up the guitar, and I was so, so sad and depressing. I would just put it down because I was terrible.” Before writing it out, or writing through it for catharsis, Wainwright had to live it. Album opener “Middle of the Lake” reinforces Wainwright’s path forward as she sings over voltaic chords and percussion, “I sing my songs of love and pain / Winds of change or simply singing, I’m singing in the rain.” Her work never shies away from an existential throbbing wound. “There are a couple major subjects on the record. From what I can tell, there’s really dark and then light,” she says,” It really is reflective of a very difficult period of divorce. Then, after that, it’s meeting somebody new and amazing. And so you hear certain songs about this new love.”

Wainwright enlisted Canadian producer Pierre Marchand for Love Will Be Reborn. “Hole In My Heart” is an upbeat song, with Wainwright singing, “I got naked right away when I saw you / My love was like the rain when I saw you,” as is the track, “Getting Older,” which is about aging and new love. Other songs, she says, “represent me trying to shake away the past a little bit, the ball and chain of that anger, try to escape from it.

There is no song more gripping than “Report Card.” The song is stripped to essential instrumentals punctuating her anguish. Wainwright expresses on the sombre track a feeling of deep loneliness, evoking emotional nuances particular to parents and individuals separated from their children because of custody arrangements.

Martha Wainwright’s role as an artist has always been to embrace her wildness and sketch out her raw depth. This edge is what makes Wainwright uncompromisingly herself and continues to draw in an audience two decades on. To begin again does not mean starting over. This process of rebirth honours the past to move forward. Love Will Be Reborn captures Wainwright’s heart in transition. In an effort to rise out of some painful depths, as she says much like a phoenix from the ashes of an existential twilight, Wainwright bore witness to what her heart endured to find a new joy once more.

Maz O’Connor

Maz O’Connor grew up in the wild Lake District of the Romantic Poets, studied literature at Cambridge and is now settled in East London. Her roots are in Ireland, and all of these diverse influences work together to make her songwriting something unique. Her exceptional voice provides the perfect vehicle for her powerful songs.

Maz spent her teenage years singing in folk clubs, and in 2014 was the recipient of a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship (Adele was a previous recipient) which paired her as an emerging artist in residence with The English Folk Dance and Song Society. During this year she wrote, recorded and released her album ‘This Willowed Light’, which earned her a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award and appearances at high profile festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Glastonbury. The Guardian called it ‘folk album of the year thus far’.

Maz began to explore her own songwriting further, addressing themes of Millennial angst in her second album ‘The Longing Kind’, about which Songlines wrote: ‘There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully *****’. She toured the U.K. and Europe, including opening for such artists as David Gray, Thomas Dybdahl and Rosanne Cash.

An EP of cover songs ‘The Undercover EP’ followed, a collection of some of her favourite songs by other artists, from Bob Dylan to Louis Armstrong, via Greenday. Accompanying shows included appearances at Henley Festival and How the Light Gets In, and a packed London’s Kings Place.

Alongside her own performances, Maz is also busy as a songwriter for special projects, commissions and theatre. She has been commissioned to write songs for UK Parliament and The Royal Shakespeare Company, and is now working on her own piece of music theatre.

Her background in folk continues to inform her storytelling and feminist themes are a constant in her work: from the song ‘Derby Day’, which she was commissioned to write about Emily Wilding Davison and the feminist re-telling of the creation myth ‘Mississippi Woman’ (both on her first album ‘This Willowed Light’), to the songs giving voice to women in portraits who have been silenced as muses (on her second album ‘The Longing Kind’).

She considers new album ‘Chosen Daughter’ – a collection of darker, story songs – a bigger, more concentrated feminist statement. The album was inspired by the stories of her female ancestors, grandmother-mother-daughter relationships, and ideas around female inheritance. It is not protest music, but a very personal album which explores, and celebrates, the feminine.

The Longest Johns

I doubt any of Bristol’s The Longest Johns ever imagined they would be able to get so far on just four voices.

Born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties, they rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes.

In a few short years they have gone from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to International folk festivals, tours, TV appearances and gained a huge online following.

As the face of the 2021 sea shanty revival with their track Wellerman, the Johns are reaching millions of new fans all across the globe and showing them just how great these songs can be.

The Celtic Social Club

In seven years of existence, THE CELTIC SOCIAL CLUB has succeeded in imposing a sound, a style and a name on a well established Celtic music scene. With four studio albums and two live albums so far, They have crisscrossed stages, festivals and continents. These seven Franco-Irish troubadours continue to refine their elegant and daring reinterpretation of the traditions of Celtic music, blended with great amounts of rock energy, of pop harmony and folk melody.

The astonishing journey for this band began in July 2014 and was only meant to be a one off event at the Vieilles Charrues festival. The energy, the desire and the freshness, forged a band from an event. This meeting of adventurers, gathered around a name, THE CELTIC SOCIAL CLUB. A band with a cultural mission: to advance traditional music from Celtic cultures (Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Asturias) by fusing them with rock, pop, folk and groove.

Organized like a guerrilla group , the collective pops up all across Europe, but may surface in Asia, and has been known to materialize in The United States, even showing up in Central Park, NYC. Having toured the world, The Celtic Social Club’s sights are set on The United Kingdom, which has a history of musical superiority and a lack of tolerance for French artists. The Pogues and the Clash have often been cited in an attempt to summarise the spirit of energetic and ambitious musical mash-ups. Taking the torch from these pioneers, The Celtic Social Club has gradually forged a new and stable path to original territory.

Their fourth album, DANCING OR DYING? was released on October 8th 2021. Irish singer, Dan Donnelly added his voice to his Breton counterparts: Manu Masko, Ronan Le Bars, Goulven Hamel, Pierre Stephan, Mathieu Péqueriau and Richard Puaud. They have levelled up their recording game over the last year and are keen to prove that with the new material, that love they will be a force to be reckoned with

Rumer

Southern American folklore tells of song-catchers: individuals who possess a spiritual, almost supernatural, connection to the music of a culture. They gather important songs and preserve them, providing voices to give them life and ensuring they’re remembered.

Rumer is such a song-catcher. Songs written by the British singer, like “Slow” and “Aretha,” made her a worldwide million-seller but she also has an unerring instinct for the work of others. On Nashville Tears, Rumer immerses herself in the catalog of Hugh Prestwood, a songwriter whose name is spoken with reverence by his colleagues. An album to savor, Nashville Tears collects fifteen of Prestwood’s finest songs, many never recorded until now, revealing truths of the heart, both intimate and universal, realistic and romantic.

Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund

Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund are among the leading Danish traditional musicians of their generation.

Specializing in fiddle and accordion but also encompassing viola, whistle and vocals, they have married their roots in the Jutland peninsula with playing experiences from residing in Ireland, Finland and North America and encounters with musicians from other cultures to create original compositions that carry on the Danish tradition while looking out across the world.

Tours in Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Finland have honed their communication skills as an entertaining and accomplished duo. An award for Track of the Year – for their The Danish Immigrant EP – and an Artist of the Year nomination at the Danish Folk Music Awards have acknowledged their musical ability and composing talents.

It is in live performances especially that these musicians shine, sharing music and stories that stay in audiences’ memories long after the last note has sounded.

Skinny Lister

As music fans we’re only ever given fragments of lives well lived, and we scrabble vicariously through them. Skinny Lister, though, have really given us as much as they can since 2009, passing the growing flagon of their experiences with every album and tour. They’ve led an endless parade gathering fans old and new, from the respected folk circuit to the riotous Download Festival, igniting pogoing mosh-pits at each. Over the past ten years they’ve travelled from rain-soaked London to the vast arteries of the USA, upgrading from narrow boat to Salty Dog Cruise, played huge tours across Europe and North America with Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as headlining themselves across festivals, sweatboxes and ever-larger venues.

After three albums taking confident steps into an ever larger world, their fourth offering, The Story Is… (produced and mixed by Barny Barnicott – Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap) takes the tales of the everyday, the minutiae of our lives, and turns them into potent pop that rings oh so true. Skinny Lister have opened their lives up more than ever before on this record, allowing us in and giving everyone a space to express joy, to deeply relate to the lines that strike a chord, and to throw ourselves into living with renewed abandon, hope, happiness and excitement, with stories enough to fill several lifetimes.

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley (born 1954) is an English singer, songwriter and acoustic musician. Since 1992 he has been one half of possibly the UK’s most successful Folk/Roots duos – Show of Hands. His partner Phil Beer is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest acoustic multi-instrumentalists.

A constant throughout Knightley’s work is his ability to root his songs in geographical place, notably the West Country where he still lives. His gift for talking to people, listening to them and distilling the encounter into song is evident throughout his work; a talent that was highlighted in the Carlton TV documentary Stairway to Devon (2000) for which he toured the county talking to local craftsmen and performed a song inspired by those meetings at the end.

Informed by a love of folk ballads, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to conflate time and space to bring history vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s an ability that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal Country Life (the title track of Show of Hands’ 2003 album), earned him the moniker ‘The gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and a nomination for best song at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Slim Chance

The late, great Ronnie Lane’s band Slim Chance will be at the 2022 Wickham Festival on Friday 5th August 2022

Playing the songs of Ronnie Lane…

After leaving the Faces, Ronnie Lane formed his own band, Slim Chance.  They are a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie’s band – Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O’Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.

The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated: Jim Cregan, Colin Davey, Alun Davies, Des Horsfall, Malcolm Hoskins, John Lingwood, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Jim Russell, James Walbourne and Graham Walker.

Ronnie always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie’s musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.

The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie’s later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.

 

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    Nice write-up from Kimberley Barber and picture gallery from Stuart Martin for the Hampshire Chronicle

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    7,000 seems a bit low - is that per day? Were numbers a bit down in previous years? If so they missed a treat. A special year indeed!

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    All good things must come to an end... but oh what a wonderful Wickham weekend this was! We hope you enjoyed it. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. Don't forget you can save £100 by booking 2023 earlybird tickets now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

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    Ooh and can I request 3 Daft Monkeys for next year please, thank you! 😁😍❤️

    Thank you for a fab weekend. Very impressed by cleanliness of the site due to the diligence of the volunteers. Lovely to see the wooden picnic benches everywhere. Will these be a permanent fixture as we loved them and I'm sure others did too. Only downside to weekend was cost of drinks at the bars. £6 a pint was over the top.

    John and I would like to thank you for a wonderful festival and for all the volunteers that made it possible. We made a point of thanking litter pickers who did a sterling job, and other operatives (both volunteers and paid people as they worked tirelessly in scorching conditions. Talking of ‘scorching’ we’d like to see The Trouble Notes return with their high energy high impact set. They & so many other bands showed their thanks and appreciation for inviting them to Wickham and after recent years it seemed even more heartfelt 💕 You’ve put on a great festival Peter and we look forward to next year with excitement and anticipation. Well done. 👏👏👏👏

    Thankyou to everyone involved x We had a wonderful few days. The location is so beautiful and the organisation fantastic. Wonderful to listen to such talented musicians. My first ever music festival ( A bit sad as aged 55 😩!!) Will definitely return x

    Great festival disappointed no quay West tent acoustic tent was great as was tea rooms Hope they will be there next year alongside Quay West...

    Well done all involved - lots of fun 👌👌 - fave moment was the a-cappella version of Donna by 10cc, just magic 🤩

    A fabulously well organised and run festival with something for everyone. It struck me on Saturday how clean the site was which was testament to the hard working litter picking volunteers. I made sure to thank them when I met them as it made such a difference.

    We had a fantastic weekend! Bounced back with vengeance after last year. Probably the cleanest and tidiest festival we've ever been to. Thankyou and well done!

    Well where do I begin so many people I want to thank especially Peter and to say I had a really amazing time seeing some incredible music and food and drink and seeing fiends and meeting some new people and chatting to lots of nice people but that’s only the beginning once I get myself together again after just getting back now I’ll do More comments and posts about this years and I been thinking just as an idea there needs to be some sort of wickham festival Facebook group where we can all chat about this amazing festival and also keep in touch with everyone who we meet there and post videos and photos form this year and previews years and talk about are dream line up just an idea for now see what you all make of it

    What a fantastic festival! It was our first Wickham but it won't be our last.

    A great festival, from the bands, to the volunteers, to fellow festival goers,excellent food choices, rhubarb cider ❤ & great weather. We will back next year for sure!

    So enjoyed it 3rd time and although last year was so wet I still enjoyed it but this year was just great loved 10cc

    I am so lucky to live 20 minutes away for this absolutely wonderful festival..Saw so many great bands that I have never heard before..loved cut capers who I saw at Jurassic fields festival a few weeks before,such a friendly festival,apart from the few who put there chairs right in front of some so they had no leg space,,which I also saw with a few other people,my only gripe.

    1st time at Wickham Music Festival ....bloody brilliant ... 👌 Music, volunteers, staff, tradespeople & nearly all the other festival goers - shame about the 2% that feel they're more entitled than everyone else. Was great to have so many places with seating and some much needed shade... thanks for all the help from the stewards, see you next year!

    Fabulous weekend! Thanks so much team..so much fun on so few stages! Wonderful. The atmosphere was so positive and protective too, so thank you all! 😍🥰🥳

    We loved the whole event. Great to see this fabulous festival back to full strength. The layout was perfect and intimacy returned. I loved Undertones Show of Hands Waterboys and the magical sharon shannon whom i have followed since Out The Gap in 1994. I will be buying tickets for next year confident it will be as good as this year.

    Absolutely brilliant festival - thank you. Lots of highlights but The Men They Couldn’t Hang were fantastic. Looking forward to next year.

    Was sad to leave last night after arriving Wednesday afternoon.. as always a great time had, great festival, great organisation and nice to see all the staff and helpers were so helpful.. Will be back again next year without a doubt! Such a friendly venue even seeing Johnny Kalsi and Steve Knightley spent a few days out with the rest of us... Well done Peter Chegwin and all the staff that make this one of the best festivals going and the volunteers that keep it so clean compared to a lot of the other festivals that have the mindless litter strewn everywhere by the 'other persons job to clean up after me' mentality of the majority now ... well done all ... see you next year rain or shine.

    Wickham Festival over for another year 😢.....but we have had a great festival; thank you to Peter Chegwyn and everyone else involved with the planning, organisation, stewarding and performances, etc over the four days, we so appreciate all your efforts and hard work. See you next year, tickets already purchased!! X

    A fantastic festival and the improvements made to make it a better experience for disabled weekend campers were a resounding success. Congratulations to all involved

    Brilliant weekend, thank you everyone who put so much effort into all the planning and making it possible 😁👍🎵

    My first music fest at 70 and I doubt I could have chosen a better one. From the line up to the stage crew, the volunteers, the staff, the atmosphere, the weather and the reason I came. .. The Saw Doctors. Incredible. God willing I'll be back next year. Thank you to all concerned.

    Brilliant weekend, thank you to everyone who put this on and making such a great event … we will be back 😊

    It was simply Brilliant! Well done to all the organisers, volunteers and musicians, it really is the BEST! X

    Wonderful fest, hope the fields were pristine when we all packed up.

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    Big shout-out to MLD Event Management group whose staff worked so hard to build the site, to run it, to keep us all safe... and whose staff are now toiling in blistering heat to dismantle it all. Huge thanks too to all the volunteers from the ticket office and entrance staff to the production team, backstage crew, lighting and sound engineers, stewards, litter pickers and everyone else. ... See MoreSee Less

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    A big round of applause for the guys and gals who kept the toilets and showers clean and topped up with loo roll. A horrible job for them but a fabulous effort on their part. Some peoples toilets habits have a lot to be desired !!!! 👏 thank you 😊

    My first year volunteering as a steward, great team, wonderful experience and will definitely be helping out again next year! 😊

    Excellent organisation and friendly helpful Stewards. We live locally so drive in daily but had such a good time! Thank you1😉

    A big thank you to everyone involved, it was a great festival. 👏👏 Looking forward to next year and need to book it asap x

    I have been working alongside the MLD Guys Providing the Medical Staff since they became part of the Hampshire Festivals Team at Stokes Bay a good few years ago. They are so hard working and efficient, Ihave witnessed them deal with many problems quickly and efficiently and despite how busy they have been they have always been there to assist us whenever required

    Our first festival bringing our motorhome... was very impressed with the organisation, all the staff and volunteers. The site was so clean. You all worked really hard and it was amazing!! Just booked for next year!!! 🙌 thankyou!!!

    They have done an amazing job. I think this year was one of the very best.

    I watched 2 guys from MLD heaving the picnic tables onto their backs from infront of Stage 2 on Thursday afternoon, couldn't believe they were doing that, let alone in the heat, clearly superfit!

    Agreed it was excellent and awesome and so mi d and friendly ♥️

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    You're all amazing 👏 ❤

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    Such a sad sight. Just a few hours ago the party was in full swing, now the clear-up is well under way 😭
    We had a blast!
    Don't worry, we'll do it all again next year August 3-6. Book now and save up to £100 on a weekend season ticket. Book online at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets or print off this form and send it in to save even more!
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    We had an absolute blast! Superb organisation, great mix of music, friendly atmosphere- can’t wait for next year! Any chance you could separate the stages so the sound doesn’t transfer? The heavy base from Big Top 1 drowns out the quieter acts in the other big top. Also site plan in the programme please.

    Great chilled out festival made even better by the weather ☀️ thank you. And a HUGE thank you to the guys controlling the traffic ensuring we all got across safely 👏👏 to campsite 🏕

    Hi, this is how festival sites should look at home time!Just saying!! Proud of my generation .

    can we have less volume next year many acts were distortedly loud! And more sun please

    Massive thank you to all the crew, security, toilet cleaners, bin emptiers, litter pickers, and anyone else I’ve forgotten. The atmosphere was amazing.

    Wonderful as always!! Cheque's in the post for next year. If you missed my earlier post, I 'm sure all attendees will join me in thanking the wonderful comperes, Alistair and John who did sterling work as always but rarely get the thanks and applause that they should.....

    Thank you sooo much for an amazing, brilliant,fantastic festival. We enjoyed ourselves very much 😀. So much choice of music and things to do. Well done to everyone involved, you excelled our expectations again. Looking forward to next year already. Xxxx

    Fantastic weekend. Glad you kept the acoustic stage, saw some great local acts on there. Just one thing….. I think the magic teapot and the twisted tea rooms were too close and it affected the magic teapot a lot as they were being drown out by amps etc. the magic in the teapot is the sing alongs. It can have an amazing unique atmosphere. Please consider separating them if they return next year. 😁

    it was a fantastic festival. East Kent Morris were privileged to dance during the weekend. We hope you will have us back! A special shout out to the paramedics who looked after my wife yesterday when she tripped (over someone's bag in an aisle, ahem!) and dislocated her finger badly. They were brilliant.

    Thank you all so much, had a wonderful festival, discovered new bands to listen to. The grass site and the sun were brilliant( especially the sun ) such a change from last year, my Wickham wellies sulked at being left at home !! See you all next year xxxxx

    Brilliant festival well done to everyone involved enjoyed all the bands and the magic teapot had some good times in there and Folk Orc as well as the story teller the kids had a great time with the silent disco only one thing could you supply a site plan please . Will be booking for next year 🥰

    Fabulous festival - Fantastic Acts- Friendly staff and visitors - No aggro - No massive police or security presence ( though I'm sure some undercover boys in blue about 😘) Couple of requests for next year please: NO chairs whatsoever in Big Top 1 & 2 ( so many people "reserved" their "spot" by leaving chairs never to return for the night - with crowd pullers such as The Levellers, the tent, being packed with empty chairs not people, was very frustrating !!) A block of toilets positioned to the left hand side of Big Top 1 would be really appreciated for the less mobile Consider placing the guests who paid most for their tickets ( campers/tents with EHU) closest to the festival arena - not furthest away. Adopt a more relaxed approach to a reasonable amount of personal food and drink being allowed inside festival - when you are there from Midday to Midnight - 12 hours worth of bought food and drink really adds up financially over 4 days for those on a budget ( and would probably fill up the festival with people sooner in the day 😊) Thank you.

    We had a great time! For me, the Spooky Mens Chorale were the highlight. Please make sure you get them back here as soon as possible! But please do something to reduce the sound from Big Top 1 leaking through to Big Top 2. Maybe (perish the thought!) turn down the volume on Stage 1. Oh, and it would be great to have a big screen outside Big Top 2.

    Fantastic weekend, thank you to all you lovely people who make it happen 👍

    Another fantastic Wickham. My highlights were Grace Petrie, Levellers, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Dhol Foundation, Ferocious Dog. Best new find was The Trouble Notes - cracking high energy set. Tickets booked for next year already. Thanks to everyone.

    Superb festival. Been volunteering for ten years now come rain or shine. Having experience at seeing a little of what it takes to hold the festival behind the scenes is enlightening and quite scary. Every team backstage work really well together to keep the festival rolling. Hats off to everyone involved 🎩

    Thank you to all the organisers and everyone involved, in putting on one of the BEST festivals, got our tickets for next year! Can’t wait! ❤️❤️

    It was fabulous! I've been to six festivals this year and this one was the best. Well done to the organisers, the artists, the crews, and the volunteers! xx

    Fantastic from start to finish! Thanks to all concerned, I’m sure it took a lot of work from everyone, but hopefully it was a good deal less stressful than last year.

    Not until you stop the chairs in the stage area!!! And move the big stage down in the dip ! Much better! ✌️☀️

    Thanks to all involved for a great weekend! We arrived Wednesday, left this morning, wish it was longer 🤣

    It was a brilliant one - the best yet ...we really loved playing it this year ...x Thank you for having us ...

    My first festival and what an experience. Thank you to everyone involved in making this a success. And not a grumpy face from any volunteer.

    What a fantastic weekend. Thanks to all the organisers and artists. Just bought next years tickets 😀👍

    Another well organised festival with great artists and superb staff. Heard lots of people complaining about the high volume levels inside both main stages from Friday onwards and I agree. I've never seen so many people with earplugs and ear defenders. This must be a major contributor to the sound "bleed" between main stage 1 and main stage 2. Does it really need to be so loud. Some may tell us to sit outside instead but that wasn't a realistic option in the sunshine and heat.

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    I had such a great time at Wickham Festival... but somehow I got separated from my owner 😭
    If you recognise me please message these nice people who are looking after me very well.
    (They also found this tankard, it's not mine... I'm not old enough to drink) t.co/0I5AvxuvuQ
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    I had such a great time at Wickham Festival... but somehow I got separated from my owner 😭
If you recognise me please message these nice people who are looking after me very well.
(They also found this tankard, its not mine... Im not old enough to drink) https://t.co/0I5AvxuvuQImage attachment

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    Ah, thats my tankard! Thank you for rescuing it. Could you let me know how I can collect it. Thanks again

    I hope you find your friends soon 🤗 I wonder if you could ask the nice people if they have some brown sunglasses please 🙏

    Hi , I hope you find your friends/ Owners soon too 🤞

    Anyone seen my ducks? They all flew when the Donicans played but never came home!!!

    i saw him and a few others flying round the doonicans mosh pit

    I lost a silver earring if anyone happened across one?

    I lost a few pound and two pound coins, so if find any of those….. there all mine! 😉

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