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Frank Turner and our Wickham Festival history buffs … the perfect match

This really couldn’t get any better in the build up to Wickham Festival 2019. As many of you know each year our friends at Wickham History Society arrange history walks around Wickham village, but guess who is a self-professed massive history nerd? Only our main headliner, Frank Turner!!! Check out his podcasts launching this July just in time for Wickham Festival…

How cool is that? A brand new album on the horizon. We’re all looking forward to his well known tracks but quite possibly he’ll showcase some as yet unreleased material. So hopefully we’ll get a little preview of his 8th album, No Man’s Land. We already know the first single will be called Sister Rosetta

This looks set to be a classic Frank masterpiece, we can’t wait to hear more. The 12 songs about historical women and song about his mum will be:

  1. Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
  2. Sister Rosetta
  3. I Believed You, William Blake
  4. Nica
  5. A Perfect Wife
  6. Silent Key
  7. Eye Of The Day
  8. The Death Of Dora Hand
  9. The Graveyard Of The Outcast Dead
  10. The Lioness
  11. The Hymn Of Kassiani
  12. Rescue Annie
  13. Rosemary Jane

Copies can be pre-orderd here , but who knows maybe you’ll get more of a preview on Saturday 3rd.  To keep with the history theme our Wickham History Walks take place on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd August at 10:30am and cost only £3.

Building of the Meon Valley Railway in 1900, bridge over the Meon by Station Car Park

So why not explore the village on our Wickham History Walks? Meet some Wickham ghosts or the pub where horses were regulars and much more.  Please book through the contact form on the Wickham History Society website to make the most of your visit. Exploring historic Wickham Square and all the local shops is a great way to start your day and listening to Frank Turner will be an even better way to end it!

Don’t forget that if you’re a keen walker there is a Thursday daytime walk before the festival starts.

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    He's had No. 1 hit singles & albums across the world. Now the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter Leo Sayer will be joining us at the 2020 Wickham Festival www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGKnSdikqjw ... See MoreSee Less

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    Wow - first concert I ever went to, when I was at school, in 1974!

    This is great news! We saw Leo at the New Theatre Royal not long ago. Still a star performer.

    Leo Sayer and Gilbert O’Sullivan! Wow! How fab!

    I thought it was Leo, looking forward to the festival, can’t wait

    Very happy - thank you! X

    Awesome!

    Wow so happy 😁

    Brilliant

    Wow. Amazing

    Didn’t expect that one!

    Good stuff !

    👍😍 when will Leo be playing?

    Fantastic! He was on my request list 😊😁.. now if you could just get Chesney Hawkes..... 🤔😉❤️

    I am intrigued ... don't know many of his songs, or so I think at least. Looking foreward ... 😀😀😀

    Brilliant! Love Leo.

    Wow!

    Didn't see that coming...nice!

    Paul Rhodes. Mell Gardner. We NEED to go!

    😊

    👏👏😍

    Karen Barnes Deb Sperring OMG xx

    Wow!

    Penny Roberts

    Teresa Ross.... not a true fan, but hey ho

    Jennie Freeborn

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    We're delighted to announce that Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation has agreed to be our first-ever Festival Patron. Johnny says: '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”. (See also artist announcement below) ... See MoreSee Less

    Were delighted to announce that Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation has agreed to be our first-ever Festival Patron.  Johnny says:  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”.  (See also artist announcement below)

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    We're also delighted to say that The Dhol Foundation will be back at Wickham in 2020 with a Friday night headline full band set on our Village Stage followed by a special Saturday Dhol Foundation DJ set and also, for the first time at Wickham, a Saturday afternoon Bhangra Dance Workshop. www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8dsTgGGNgo

    Wonderful. When you watch TDF, you can't help but share his infectious joy for music and dance. I don't think anyone else could so successfully get a crowd to Bhangra dance in their wellies, and love every minute.

    Who better? Congratulations Johnny! And great news about headlining on the Friday night

    Fantastic on both counts 💗💖

    What wonderful news 💖 x

    Just brilliant! I love the sound of the Bhangra workshop too :-D

    Amazing!!!! This is just what I want to hear!!! Excited for next year’s festival 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Awesome. A real house band 😎😎

    Fantastic news!! I really hope to be there !

    Put me down for the Bhangra workshop! Can I have a go with the drums too please!

    So happy! Dohl foundation 🎉

    Great news and great band 👍

    Brilliant news xx

    Fantastic news 💫

    I have loved watching them in the past, an excellent addition to the line up.

    Fantastic news. 😀

    Happy memories of dancing to Bhanga music in my very muddy boots. Congratulations!

    Fantastic!

    Fantastic!

    Best news this month ❤️

    Can’t wait xxx

    Yipeee love them!

    That is excellent news..

    So so happy!!!!!

    Could it be a Johnny treble and have Afro Celt there as well 😃

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    We'll be announcing not one but TWO stage headliners for 2020 later today. One a superb world music band, the other an Ivor Novello Award winning singer-songwriter with a string of Top 10 singles inc. No. 1's in the UK & US. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    Well be announcing not one but TWO stage headliners for 2020 later today.  One a superb world music band, the other an Ivor Novello Award winning singer-songwriter with a string of Top 10 singles inc. No. 1s in the UK & US.  Any guesses?

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    Paul McCartney? Well we know he's in festival mode next year 😉 😆 Seriously, it could be so many people. Can't wait to hear

    Would love it to be Elvis Costello, but suspect it will be James Blunt

    If it’s the Dhol Foundation, well, we had them this year, they kind of stomped all over the Afro Celts set, all I could hear was those feckin’ drums!!

    I'll be very happy if it's Lau?!!

    Jethro Tull. Ian Anderson.

    Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox, Dido, James Bay or Tom Chaplin?

    Please not James Blunt! Hasn't been denied yet ...

    Not a clue but excited anyway. Which do I get?

    I'm thinking Bryan Adams 🤔

    Don’t keep us in suspense!!!!

    Would love it to be Roger Hodgson

    Elton John 🤣😂

    Any news??

    Dhol Foundation ???

    ABBA?

    Bryan Adams maybe?

    Trevor Horne?

    Tinariwen & James Blunt

    One announced...who's the other headline act ?

    Phil

    Captain Sensible ?

    My wild guesses are the Sekou Keita /Vishten / Catrin Finch collaboration and Cathy Dennis?

    please could we have Tracy Chapman??

    Dawes would be fantastic

    Too much to ask that you have Tinariwen or Watcha Clan, I suppose.

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    Award-winning folk duo Megson newly confirmed for Wickham 2020. And not one but TWO stage headliners to announce tomorrow (Sunday). www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQrB5BYdDSQ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Weekend season tickets for Wickham 2020 make great Xmas presents! Save £50 on 4-day tickets by booking now www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

    Excellent! Megson are great!

    Yes yes yes, Megson love em.

    Fantastic. I love Megson. 👏👏👏

    So can’t wait absolutely love theme

    Yep - another favourite booked!

    Looking forward to the next announcement,

    Excellent news!

    All kinds of awesome.

    Please book the amazing Jinder!!

    Any clues for the headliners? 😊

    Jonathan Coppock

    Anna McEvoy

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    Another great live band confirmed. The Tweed Project will make their Wickham Festival debut in 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlRLWVnu54E ... See MoreSee Less

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