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Fantastic finale for Wickham Festival

It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend as the best ever Wickham Festival came to a fantastic finale.

With record crowds, glorious weather and a bill of top artists, organisers were quick to hail the four-day fiesta as their best yet.

It proved so successful that hundreds of fans have already booked for next year’s event (Aug 3-6) taking advantage of a £60 discount on a weekend ticket.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers went down a storm
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers went down a storm

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “The whole event was absolutely wonderful. We had bigger crowds than ever before and it was great to see so many happy, smiling faces – not just the fans but the artists too. They genuinely love playing here.

“As always, the atmosphere was so relaxed and chilled – it is the main feature of this festival, which is why so many people have already renewed for next year. It has been a big success, helped by the weather and the fact we had so many big names.”

The festival finished in style with a perfect mix of styles to fit the mood. Cherish the Ladies got the place going with their Irish music complete with Irish dancing before long-standing festival favourites Steeleye Span provided the perfect set for early Sunday evening.

The pace picked up with a stomping set from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers who had the Big Top bouncing but there was no chance for rest as Hayseed Dixie’s awesome “rockgrass” had fans hurtling towards the finale at breakneck speed.

And then to finish, Lindisfarne had everyone rocking and chilling at the same time to send the crowds home on a high.

Hayseed Dixie had the Big Top rocking
Hayseed Dixie had the Big Top rocking

Chegwyn added: “It was the perfect way to end the weekend. The Chilli Pipers and Hayseed Dixie was fantastic and really got the place going and then we eased back a little for the final act and Lindisfarne delivered a wonderful set as they always do.

“Now the hard work starts to clear up and then plan for next year to see if we can make it even better, although it will be tough.”

All those booking an Early Bird weekend ticket for next year can save £60 on a weekend ticket and will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a t-shirt signed by many of the top artists.

These can be booked on site on Monday August 8 or email eastfest@talk21.com.

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    We're delighted to announce that 16-times GRAMMY Award winner Jerry Douglas, one of the world's finest dobro & lap steel guitar players, will be at this year's Wickham Music Festival on Sat. 3rd Aug. Day & Weekend tickets selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    He's played & recorded with Paul Simon; Eric Clapton; James Taylor; Alison Krauss; Elvis Costello and The Transatlantic Sessions. You can read about this remarkable musician here: jerrydouglas.com/bio/

    Astonishing.

    Wow, that's made my evening .. so looking forward to the festival....well done!

    Never heard of them but now I will get a chance to hear just what has made them a 16 times Grammy winner. Cool. 😎

    Congratulations on another amazing coup. Top man in his field - and a musician's musician.

    What a wonderful eclectic line up you have booked. Cannot wait!

    You really have to see this guy,along with the other musicians he will be bringing along...World Class stuff....

    Fabulous news. We look forward to hearing him. We’d have also liked to see award winning blues guitarist Dom Martin in the lineup. Hopefully one year.

    Wow !!!🤩 Wow !!!

    Fab. I don’t know him so looking forward to this! 🙌

    Fantastic! Stu is gobsmacked to have him at Wickham! Bravo

    Great news!

    Great stuff! Seen Jerry Douglas a few times, latterly with the Transatlantic Sessions tour. He is a Dobro/slide NewGrass giant. Introduced to his music in the late 90’s by a Dobro player I was in a band with. He gave me an audiotape of ‘Skip, Hop and Wobble’ (Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenburg and Edgar Myers’s). Still one of my top albums.

    Fantastic news, well done for booking him.

    With the number of Grammys.mentioned thought it might be Alison Kraus until I read male

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    We're delighted to announce that 16-times GRAMMY Award winner Jerry Douglas, one of the world's finest dobro & lap steel guitar players, will be at this year's Wickham Music Festival on Sat. 3rd Aug. Day & Weekend tickets selling fast!

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    Change-of-date. 17-year-old Irish country blues sensation Muireann Bradley will now appear on Friday 2nd Aug. instead of Sunday 4th Aug. Anyone wishing to change day tickets please email eastfest@talk21.com

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