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Fairport Convention for Wickham Festival

Good news & bad news on artists appearing at next month’s Wickham Festival.

Sadly The Waterboys; Lil’ Jimmy Reed; The Slambovian Circus of Dreams; and Gaz Brookfield have all had to cancel due to COVID travel restrictions on artists from overseas and resulting UK tour cancellations.

All these artists are already re-booked for Wickham 2022. If you have Sunday day tickets for this year’s Festival you can either still attend or rollover your Sunday tickets to 2022. The Waterboys will now be appearing on Sunday 7th August 2022.

Now the good news

(i) Fairport Convention
We’re delighted to announce that Fairport Convention will headline the Sunday night this year in place of The Waterboys. This follows the cancellation of Fairport’s own Cropredy Festival the following weekend and will be a ‘UK Exclusive’ – Fairport’s only UK Festival show this year and the band’s 1st UK Festival show apart from Cropredy for many years.

Widely regarded as Britain’s top folk-rock band, Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

(ii) Moya Brennan ‘The Voice of Clannad’
Also newly confirmed for next month’s Festival is Moya Brennan ‘The Voice of Clannad’ and her family band. Moya will be appearing on Saturday 7th August (the same night as Van Morrison) and her set will include classic Clannad material.

(iii) Liam O’Maonlai & Peter O’Toole
Newly confirmed for Sunday 8th August are Liam O’Maonlai & Peter O’Toole of top Irish band ‘Hothouse Flowers’ who will be performing a special duo show including Hothouse Flowers songs such as their worldwide hit ‘Don’t Go’.

(iv) Skerryvore
And finally, top Scottish Gaelic rock band Skerryvore have also been added to our Sunday line-up. With a mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles alongside guitar, bass, drums and keys, Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music.

Tickets Update

If you’ve rolled-over 2020 tickets or bought day or weekend tickets for 2021, all tickets remain valid for this year’s Festival. If you’ve yet to buy tickets, a limited number of day & weekend season tickets remain available via our tickets page but please hurry as we look set to completely sell-out all nights in advance this year. Tickets are also on sale at The Square Cow in Wickham Square (personal callers only).

If you are unable to attend for any reason this year you can rollover your tickets again to 2022. To do so, please keep hold of your tickets for now and email us via eastfest@talk21.com when this year’s Festival is over. We’ll be able to advise then on the procedure for returning unused 2020/2021 tickets so new tickets can be issued for 2022.

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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!!πŸ€žπŸ•

    Wow it’s really coming together now!! Wickham Festival Crew 2021 πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

    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 πŸ‘Ά 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 🎢🎸🀘🍻🌞

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

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

    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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

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

    Top job.. we're on our way.

    Looking forward to our Camel Camp later

    We are here …lovely volunteers to welcome us in

    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😁

    Enjoy yourselves!!xx

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    Great to have Bug Beats at Wickham presenting the world's first socially-distanced Silent Disco with full 'COVID-Secure' measures in place ... See MoreSee Less

    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 πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

    Helen Manuel it’s back!!!!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸŽ§ xxx

    Alice Turner!

    Ivor Taylor Stephanie Taylor ooh I do like a silent disco πŸ‘πŸ‘


    That is SO cool!

    Loooooooove this !!!!!

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    Dawn over Wickham. Not long now... www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Dawn over Wickham.  Not long now... www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    See you tomorrow ….one more sleep πŸ’€ - ridiculously excited πŸ˜†

    We drove down yesterday. A five hour drive. This is what it looked like on arrivalπŸ˜€

    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

    Tomorrow tea time xx see you there xx

    Fantastic line up

    Hurrah!! And our ping enforced isolation ends so that we can be there on Sunday πŸ˜ƒ

    Making the trip tomorrow…. Our first Time

    And us! See you tomorrow! 😊

    See you tomorrow!

    Can't wait for tomorrow. Do you have anywhere I can store a wardrobe full & several shelves of clothes as I still can't make up my mind what to take, arrrgh🀭🀣

    See you Tomorrow πŸŽͺ🎸🎻😷πŸ₯³πŸ˜

    See you later today πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒPasta U Like

    looking bloody good…..

    See you tomorrow β›Ί

    Woo hoo!!!!!


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

    Will there be morning yoga this year?

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

    See you Thursday πŸ™‚

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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?

    They are brilliant

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    Most excited!!! 🎢🎢🎢

    Time for some bag packing & swopping & adding & changing back againπŸ˜†

    Can't wait 😊

    Getting excited. So looking forward to it

    Can’t wait!

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

    Well done for your hard work. So looking forward to a brilliant weekend.

    Just done 10 days volunteering at Ventnor Fringe 2021 ! Looking forward to relaxing at Wickham. X

    Enjoy your big day Wendy Carter πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰wish l could be with you.. Sounds like it is a great gig 😘

    Really looking forward to our first Wickham festival

    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?

    Where can I see Thursday line up?

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

    Beth Justbeth Calderbank

    When is it happening?

    Jun Kershaw

    Elaine Puddicombe you going this year?

    Soooooooo excited πŸ˜† Just been at the pub, planning with our Wickham newbie friends 😁😁😁 #faintoboblogymrubyddyndod

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

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

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