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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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    We'll be announcing our 1st confirmed artists for Wickham 2022 at 6pm this Tuesday including a 1st visit for a female singer-songwriter whose 1st album sold over a million copies. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    Well be announcing our 1st confirmed artists for Wickham 2022 at 6pm this Tuesday including a 1st visit for a female singer-songwriter whose 1st album sold over a million copies.  Any guesses?

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    To quote Google In 1978, Kate Bush (UK) released her entirely self-penned debut album The Kick Inside, which sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, making her the first female in pop history to write a million-selling debut album. I live in both hope and the real world πŸ˜ƒ

    Amy Mcdonald 😁 Please

    oooh it's not Joan Armatrading is it? pretty please?!!😁

    Suzanne Vega? She’d be brilliant at Wickham

    I'm guessing Suzanne Vega too, she's booked for UtS the weekend before...

    Has anyone guessed Beth Orton yet?

    Loving Suzzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, and Kate Bush etc just throwing in Alanis Morrisette πŸ™‚

    Corinne Bailey Rae

    Kate Walsh, though Tim's House wasn't her first album

    K T Tunstall. She gives good show πŸ™‚

    Hazel O’Connor. What do i win?

    Any of the ladies mentioned would suit me fine.....



    Jo Radley any guesses xxx


    Rachel Rowlinson

    Rachel Clark 😜

    Phil Hooles…

    Emmylou Harris

    Joss Stone?


    Katie Melua?

    Tracy Chapman?

    Oh Susan Boyle then

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    Have a look at these photos. You may see yourself or your friends. Some great crowd photos taken at this year's Wickham Festival by Guy Reece & Striking Faces. 'Earlybird' tickets for Wickham 2022 now on sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

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    Lovely to see old people out enjoying themselves! πŸ˜‚ And yes I was one of them.

    100% going next year ! I caught covid beginning of August so couldn't Go ! Absolutely fuming I missed out ! Especially the mud ! Will be making up for it next year !!!

    Excellent…some fine hats and lots of happy people. A joy to see

    Hiya Whitby housemate x

    Next year for sure !

    Are you still working through the ticket roll-over requests from this year? I've so far had no reply to the emails I sent.

    Ann Myers-Brotherston there you are!

    Lovely happy faces ♥️

    Nick xx

    When will you be sending out the rolled over tickets for 2022?


    Bloody beautiful 😻

    Great photos!!

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    Great photos of Toyah; Jamie Moses; Lindisfarne & Tankus The Henge at Wickham 2021, courtesy of 'Striking Faces'. We'll be announcing our 1st confirmed artists for 2022 during the coming week. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

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    We had an absolute blast at Wickham this year! Well done all for pulling it off!!

    Fabulous!! Tankus the Henge in the marquee was incredible 😊!! The whole festival was amazing, my first full on festival since August 2019, and I'm not ashamed to say that I spent much of Thursday evening having happy tears πŸ’œ

    We had a great time. First festival for me since reading 1979. Got tickets for next year already.

    I wasn't there, but Toyah still looks amazing, and I bet she put on a brilliant show, but there was obviously a lot of love for the epic Tankus the Henge. Please make sure you put them on a nice big stage next year, with plenty of room for the audience, because they are probably the best live act in the world today.

    Can you get John Bramwell ( I am Kloot) please..a very passionate performer!

    Artists for 2022? It'd be great to see Thea Gilmore (now Afterlight) and Martha Tilston; both have superb new material out now. Could we even get a screening of Martha's film The Tape in the solar cinema or something?

    What a fantastic weekend we had πŸ‘

    Gosh. How many of Lindisfarne are still alive. I had the privelage of doing FOH for Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw in the the Billy Mitchel Band a few years back.

    Guy Reece always captures the essence of Wickham Music Festival brilliantly !

    Woop woop looking forward to it already...

    So sad Tankus the Henge were put in a reduced space area… I couldn’t see a thing and that’s the only reason I was there!!!!!

    Women In Rock UK next year please.

    Iain Holloway

    Any chance of Niteworks?🀞🀞🀞

    Love Tankus the Henge!

    Hoping for Le Vent du Nord this year 🀩🀞

    Great, can't wait! 😎🎡🎸🎀

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    Our Wickham Festival Organiser Peter Chegwyn presented a Β£5,000 donation to our Festival charity, 'Two Saints' yesterday. 'Two Saints' care for the homeless & vulnerable all-year-round. We are delighted to support the excellent work they do. ... See MoreSee Less

    Our Wickham Festival Organiser Peter Chegwyn presented a Β£5,000 donation to our Festival charity, Two Saints yesterday. Two Saints care for the homeless & vulnerable all-year-round.  We are delighted to support the excellent work they do.

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    For more info. on how 'Two Saints' help the homeless, please visit their website www.twosaints.org.uk

    Wonderful to hear you could give such a generous donation.

    After such a tough couple of years that's brilliant πŸ‘πŸ˜€

    That's great, Particularly following the difficult times we had this year.

    An amazing kind hearted festival.

    Congratulations on a fabulous amount.

    Well done to all involved.

    Beautiful!!! Amazing Peter regards Bug Beats silent disco

    Excellent. Well done xx

    Great work Wickham Music Festival


    Fiona Jones Kevin Jones πŸ‘


    That is Brilliant! πŸ₯³

    Top man

    Awesome!! πŸ‘πŸ»

    Billie Quigley

    Excellent news πŸ€˜πŸ‘

    Nice one "H"! Very photogenic! xxx

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