Wickham Festival News

St. Vincent College Music Dept.

They will be performing at Wickham Festival 2022 on both Saturday and Sunday, showcasing the musical talents of students at St Vincent College in Gosport.

Naomi Bedford & The Ramshackle Band

Naomi Bedford’s unique voice has long gathered support from all corners of the musical fraternity. Her emotive hybrid of plaintive British folk and high lonesome Americana has gained plaudits from such diverse artists as Peter Buck, Shirley Collins, Chris Difford, Linda Thompson, Iggy Pop and many others.

In a series of albums with musical partner Paul Simmonds (TMTCH), Naomi has forged a clear modern identity as both an interpreter and creator of folk song. Her last album Singing It All Back Home was a Guardian Folk Album of the Month and she is a previous BBC Folk Award nominee in Best Original Song category.

Her latest project, The Ramshackle Band, brings all her influences into a larger ensemble setting; a mix of Transatlantic Session and Country Fair revue. In the Ramshackle style, a rolling cast of musicians come together to create a vibrant celebration of both Bedford’s voice and the folk and country styles that she inhabits so authentically.

The English Fiddle Ensemble

Four of England’s finest traditional fiddle players, Bryony Griffith, Jim Boyle, Ross Grant and Rosie Butler-Hall, have joined forces to create The English Fiddle Ensemble, bringing joyous harmonies and striking rhythms to traditional English tunes.

The Trouble Notes

To reduce cultural barriers, The Trouble Notes have made it their mission to create their own cultural universe. Their self-described “Acoustic Dance Music” is a unique blend of the genre that sits at the crossroads of the raw energy and organic instrumentation of Folk music and the modern sounds of contemporary rock, roots music, and new-age electronica.

It’s a sound informed by The Trouble Notes travels. The band spreads its message by building bridges across musical cultures in their own unique way.

The Berlin-based trio is composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt, and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Hailing from different countries, each member of the group brings a different musical training and perspective to the band.

Since their formation in 2013, the trio has performed at some of Europe’s largest festivals and videos of their performances have been viewed more than 100 million times on social media. They have scored multiple award-winning films including Als Paul über das Meer kam and Carracci: La Rivoluzione Silenziosa and have toured in support of the Grammy-winning artists America & Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Everyone that joins the universe of The Trouble Notes remains a part of it and often morphs from a normal concertgoer into a true Troublemaker-sharing in the journey of the group.

The Sharon Shannon Trio

Sharon is a musician who continues to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country. Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all music genres, Hip Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap.

Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including The Waterboys, John Prine, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Kirsty MacColl, Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinéad O’Connor, Imelda May and- a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent.

While crossing-over into many genres of music, Sharon’s style is uniquely traditional Irish and she has been hugely influential in promoting Irish music not only in her own country but in the USA where she has collaborated with John Prine and Steve Earle/ Canada with Natalie McMaster/ Japan with the Kodo Drummers/ Malawi with Umoza Children of Mzuzu and most recently recording and touring with Seckou Keita, Kora and percussion master from Senegal.

A prolific composer, Sharon continues to defy genres and her 10 studio albums are testament to a fearless adventuring spirit when it comes to making music. In 2018 she recorded a traditional Irish music album with Irish rugby star Robbie Henshaw and the Henshaw family and friends. Her last studio album was Sacred Earth 2017 and has released a double live album Live in Minneapolis in early 2019.

Swan Samba

Swan Samba are a drumming and movement group open to ages 11+ and all abilities, run via Roynon Performing Arts, a school established for 40 years. Workshops are held for all ages and abilities to learn new and exciting drum and performance skills every Tuesday term time. The drumming band plays a fusion of samba styles and have gigged at local carnivals such as Romsey and Hedge End, as well as exciting events such as Winchester’s Hatfair and Wickham Festival.

Swan Samba at Wickham Festival 2021

They have also been featured in the media, including The Portsmouth News, Voice FM and South Today. Swan Samba can be found on all relevant social media streams and all enquiries are very welcome, whether it’s to try out in the band, set workshops in schools, or to pencil in future performance opportunities. If you’re in the Southampton / Winchester areas, why not get in contact and try three taster sessions for £15?

Dave Giles

Over the last 10 years, Dave has established himself as a reputable singer/songwriter who has developed his own brand of British-infused Americana. Dave is as authentic as they come, and his music, live shows and personality have attracted a loyal community of music lovers.

As a result of this loyal support, Dave has been able to self-fund and release two full-length albums. The most recent ‘Tennessee and 48th’, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2018 after an 8-month fundraising campaign that raised £23,000. He has also self-produced and released eight EPs, been on numerous tours around the UK, Europe, Ireland and Australia. He also has his sights firmly set on touring in North America.

To celebrate his 10th anniversary as a singer/songwriter, Dave has announced that he will make his next album in the most famous recording studio in the world.

Recording a full-length album at Abbey Road Studios is a huge undertaking that will require nearly double the funding of Dave’s Nashville album. But it is under this kind of pressure that he produces his best work, as he aims to exceed expectations.

In a year when the Grammy award for Best Album was won by an album recorded in a bedroom, some will argue that no one needs to spend thousands of pounds making an album anymore, nor does the location of recording determine the quality of what is produced. But Dave knows the value of Abbey Road’s history and is excited about forming a connection with those who came before him. Paying tribute to the experiences that inspired this next venture is a noble mission, and Dave will move forward as an advocate not only for quality but also for an endeavour we can all believe in.

The Cobhers feat. Luke Daniels

Accordion maestro Luke Daniels and The Cobhers will be making their Wickham debut on Sunday 7th August 2022.

A BBC award winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. Folk Musician in Residence of the Scottish National Museum of Rural Life and tutor on the traditional music course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow. His 2015 album of melodeon music transcribed from early wax cylinders and 78s was described in the Scotsman as “outstanding.” A soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks he performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His commissioned work for the PRS for Music New Music Biennial in 2014 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s Barbican Centre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and on Broadway with Riverdance. His musical partnership with the School of Philosophy at Edinburgh University culminated in sell out shows at Celtic Connections Festival on two consecutive years with Songs of the Scottish Enlightenment. He recently sang and played live for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radion 2 folk programme and was described by Mark as a “master melodeon player.”

Cut Capers

The Glastonbury & Boomtown Festival favourites will bring their infectious dance grooves to Wickham on Sunday 7th August 2022.

Cut Capers are embarking on their biggest tour to date – performing a range of festival favourite tunes as well as a selection of brand new songs from their forthcoming 3rd album, coming 2022.

Famed for their electric festival appearances, both in the UK and across Europe, Cut Capers are turning their attention to venue crowds in need of an injection of Glastonbury Festival-style energy and atmosphere. Following on from a string of gloriously sweaty, sellout shows on their 2021 Autumn Tour, they are getting set to once again break the ticketmaster website through sheer demand!

They are a 9-piece Bristol band whose energetic live performance and infectious sound have won them a cult following on the British festival scene. Mixing a heavy 4-piece brass section with funk, dance and hip-hop. Like all the best bands, their sound is hard to pin down but comparisons have been made to “Lianne La Havas, Hot 8 Brass Band and The Streets” among many others (The Bristol Magazine).

Cut Capers have established themselves as go-to festival favourites, playing headline shows and main stage performances at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown Fair. They have now performed in over 50 cities across 8 countries including Italy, Turkey and Bahrain.

Their second studio album Metropolis received critical acclaim and national airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Wales. The release, alongside subsequent remixes, has clocked almost 5 million streams on Spotify alone.

“Come on! That puts a wiggle in your walk!”
Craig Charles, BBC Radio 6

“Something really special and unique”
Steve Yabsley, BBC Radio Bristol

Jonny Moody

Jonny Moody is a singer, songwriter and producer from the UK. A must see live act!

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Together since the late 90’s, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams began in Sleepy Hollow, NY as an art school project. Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but upbeat alt-roots rock with an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin).

Pioneers of the Americana genre, the band’s music is equal parts Washington Irving, Woodstock and a touch of British Invasion singing dusty Americana ballads against Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. “The entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.”- The Big Issue, Scotland, U.K.
Described as a “hillbilly Pink Floyd,” elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, Bowie and Syd Barrett thrown in for good measure.

Headliners of major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following. Lead singer-songwriter Joziah Longo’s voice is described as “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic”. He is joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin) and Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, keys, flute).

The Waterboys

Few bands have as great a live reputation as The Waterboys. From their mid 1980s “big music” period through the influential mix of Celtic, gospel and country on their classic Fisherman’s Blues tours, to the hundreds of brilliant shows accompanying the last decade’s rootsy, soulful triptych of albums Modern Blues, Out Of All This Blue and Where The Action Is The Waterboys have consistently blended tightness, inspiration and improvisation to reach heights of performance few other acts can. The 2020 version of the band features the established core of Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano), Steve Wickham (electric fiddle), Memphis keyboard great “Brother” Paul Brown, ace British drummer Ralph Salmins and funky Irish bassman Aongus Ralston.

Meanwhile the relevance and popular reach of The Waterboys has never been greater. Their songs have are performed by artists as varied as Ellie Goulding, who scored a top 3 UK hit with “How Long Will I Love You”; Prince and U2 who sang “The Whole Of The Moon” onstage and Fiona Apple, who recorded it last year; indie rockers The War On Drugs, Dawes and The Mystery Jets; and classic singers Tom Jones and Rod Stewart. “The Whole Of The Moon” featured in last year’s smash Netflix film Let It Snow and top HBO series The Affair. Waterboys music shows no sign of fading, and the very best place to experience it is in a concert hall. Come and feel the fire.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

He was the superstar who topped the UK and US single charts in the 70s with songs of endearing tunefulness, unabashed sentiment and existentialist musings. Today, British singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan continues to be regarded with tremendous affection and his songs remain well-loved around the world.

Gilbert O’Sullivan was born Raymond Edward O’Sullivan in 1946 in Ireland. He moved to Swindon, England with his family aged 7 and after a formal education became a student at Swindon Art College, specializing in graphic design. But he had another love – music – and after forming and joining local bands as a drummer/vocalist, he started writing his own songs, heavily influenced by The Beatles as writers and Bob Dylan as a performer. Calling himself Gilbert, with a very distinctive image, two singles released by CBS Records and one with the Major Minor label, got little attention. Undeterred, he sent a demo tape to Gordon Mills, the man behind Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, who impressed with his song writing, became his manager. The result was his first single on the MAM label, Nothing Rhymed, became a UK Top Ten hit in 1970.

More hit singles and a debut album Himself followed. But it was 1972’s Alone Again (Naturally) that sealed his fame, topping the USA charts for six weeks and garnering three Grammy nominations.

Soon after, he got his first three British number one hits with Clair, Get Down and LPBack to Front. Gilbert was named “Songwriter of the Year” at the 18th Ivor Novello Awards, embarked on an 18-city UK tour and a USA tour, performed sold-out concerts, clocked another UK Top 10 hit with Why Oh Why Oh Why and in 1974 won a third Ivor Novello award.

A few years later, Gilbert parted company, due to musical differences, with his manager, and following new representation teamed up with Gus Dudgon (Elton John, Chris Rea) as a producer for his next album. The critically acclaimed Off Centre released by CBS in 1990 produced the international hit What’s In A Kiss.

Litigation with former manager and record company prevented him from releasing any new product for a number of years. However, even during this period he never stopped writing. That to him is the key to everything he does as an artiste. As Gilbert says, ‘Without the songs, there is no artist.’
1990 saw the release of the album In the Key of G, producing a minor hit So What Whilst recording his second album in the 90’s, Sounds of the Loop, which contains the now classic Peggy Lee duet Can’t think straight, he was involved in another law suit, this time against rapper Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) without permission. Gilbert’s win set a new benchmark for protection against copyright infringement.

The 2000s have seen Gilbert enjoying a career revival with The Berry Vest of Gilbert O’Sullivan returning him to the UK Top 20 in 2004,Gilbertville (2011) enjoying success in the UK and Japan where in 1994 he had a number 1 with the song Tomorrow, Today, and well-received performances at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2009.

Gilbert is still writing, recording, performing and touring with success. His lasts concerts received rave reviews for his undiminished voice and “…the enduring quality of his work – the sheer tunefulness, lyrical gymnastics and wit” (Daily Post, March 2012).

His current compilation entered the UK album charts at Number 12 Gilbert O’Sullivan: The Very Best Of – A Singer & His Songs (2012) and following this ‘Ooh Wakka Doo’ became the theme song for National Lottery adverts across the UK. Cover versions of his songs continue to be released, in particular ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’, with the latest being Neil Diamond and Diana Krall featuring Michael Buble.

And now, with the completion of his latest album, recorded in Madrid with a Latin influence, ‘Latin Ala G’ is due for release early June with tour dates to coincide with this throughout the UK and Ireland.

Gilbert and his band are very much looking forward to going back out on the road!

The Men They Couldn’t Hang

The Men They Couldn’t Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip ‘Swill’ Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band ‘Catch 22’, met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London.

On the exact day of release of “The Godforsaken Voyage”, The Men They Couldn’t Hang joined Stiff Little Fingers for 3 weeks on their UK tour. Tom Spencer now switching to guitar duties, allowing Paul Simmonds the freedom to switch between Mandolin and Bouzouki. This combined with several Festivals appearances in UK and German act as which a great prelude to TMTCH’s 30th anniversary in 2014 for which the band are busy writing new material right now.  Later in 2013 the band will launch a ‘Pledge’ campaign to enable fans to not only buy unique recordings in advance of the album but also to help shape the final end product.

2017 saw the launch of another Pledge Music campaign to record the follow up to The Defiant. The album, which is their 10th studio LP, Cock-a-Hoop was released in September 2018 to critical acclaim being described as some of their best work. The LP has received airplay across the UK with Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 music championing the track Sirens on his afternoon show.

The release was followed by a tour with shows selling out faster than ever and the band finishing the year with 2 storming shows at The Borderline in London. Following a well deserved rest…for some as Swill has now launched another Pledge Campaign for his next solo record, the band are looking forward to more gigs in 2019…..

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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!

    Lorna Colquhoun you and Lynne feature in the photos!

    Claire-Willow Jackson , you're in the press.

    Check out photo 5 Scott Doonican and Alan Doonican

    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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    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. 👏👏👏👏

    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.

    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

    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.

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

    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...

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

    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!

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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!

    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

    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.

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

    The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, my favorite band in the world, was there this year!

    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

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

    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 🏕

    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.....

    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. 😁

    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

    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.

    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.

    Fantastic long weekend, great lineup, well organised/management, brilliant campsites (loos and other facilities), the event team and volunteers were helpful, cheerful and caring. I didn’t see any trouble, minimal litter, thanks to the team and festival goers who were diligent in tidy up after themselves. Oh, and the person who was in charge of ordering the weather is around for next years festivities. THANK YOU EVERYONE x

    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! ❤️❤️

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

    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.

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

    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 🤣

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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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    Thank you to everyone who handed in lost property ❤️ over the weekend we lost so many things and got them all back safely! Last minute dash up to get my bank card this morning! Very grateful!! 🙏🙏🙏

    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 🙏

    I lost a set of keys with a VW key and a Nissan fob on it ( with other keys ). I was a volunteer on the Andys Man Club Stand Saturday and Sunday and didnt miss them until we started to pack up sunday night. it was a NIGHTMARE! I have also sent in a PM to you guys. I am DESPERATE to get the keys back. REALLY hope you can help. 🥹🙏🙏🤞🤞🤞🤞

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

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

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

    if anyone finds my innocence .....

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

    I lost a silver earring if anyone happened across one?

    Bit of a tacky tankard eh?

    Kim Wing

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