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Frank Turner to headline Wickham Festival

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have been unveiled as the big Saturday night headline act for Wickham Festival.

It is a major coup for organisers who have finally secured the Wessex Boy for what is effectively a hometown gig.

Frank Turner will headline Saturday night at Wickham
This will be a hometown gig for Wessex Boy Frank Turner

Turner, who grew up in Winchester, is now one of the biggest names on the rock circuit having played at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics as well as selling out some of the biggest arenas in the country.

One of the hardest-working artists around with more than 2,300 gigs to his name, he has just concluded a sell-out nationwide tour including the 6,000-capacity Bournemouth International Centre and his appearance at Wickham is sure to send ticket sales soaring.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are so thrilled to have got Frank Turner at long last; we have been chasing him for years but the dates never quite matched.

“We are delighted that he is able to slot us in between festivals in Austria and Slovenia and I know he will be hugely popular with our fans. He is an incredible live act.

“Last weekend’s concert in Bournemouth was sensational with many there saying it was the best they had ever seen him and I know our crowd are in for an amazing night.”

Frank Turner’s sell-out show at Bournemouth was a spectacular success

Turner will headline Saturday August 3 to complete a stellar line-up which this week has seen the addition of rock legend Graham Nash for the Thursday, top American guitarist Stanley Jordan for the Friday and Grammy winning country singer Lucinda Williams for the Sunday.

They join The Proclaimers, Judy Collins, Level 42, Alabama 3, Ralph McTell, Gilbert O’Sullivan and Hollywood icon Kiefer Sutherland and his band plus many more.

Chegwyn added: “The line-up is pretty well finished now; I’m not sure we could fit any more superstars in! This is definitely the strongest array of artists we have ever had. It is just as well we have extended the Village Stage to give it equal billing with the Valley Stage.

Organisers have been trying for years to get Frank Turner

“Tickets are selling fast since we started announcing our headliners and we are expecting another rush of applications after confirming Frank Turner who is hugely popular and appeals to all age ranges.

“We have had a lot of enquiries about day tickets especially for Kiefer Sutherland on the Sunday but it shows the buzz that has been created by a global superstar coming to such a small village and it now looks like Saturday will sell out too.

“We have already sold a lot of weekend tickets even before we unveiled the headliners because people know the unique atmosphere will remain the same – but now sales will really soar.

“Even though we can now accommodate 7,000 people, the festival still has a real family-friendly feel with plenty to entertain young children as well as a great range of food, drink and craft stalls plus four days of fantastic music.”

Weekend tickets are now on sale at just £150 per adult or £75 for each Under 16 with Under 10’s admitted completely free. Adult day tickets are £40 for August 1 and £55 for each of the other three days; children aged 10-16 are half price. Weekend camping can be booked at £30 per tent or caravan/motorhome. Click here to buy tickets.

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    Wow!

    Oh i wish i could have afforded that for our 40th anniversary

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    Nicola?

    Sara Ball. this could have been you....

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    Click on this link for the full Wickham Music Festival line-up plus day & weekend ticket details www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Great opportunity to see a true, true legend. A word that is often used to describe very big but not legendary names.

    Graham Nash, oh I can't wait !! 👍👍😎 xxxxx

    Angela Hamilton

    Can't wait to see him.

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    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year. And we're installing more luxury loos on our campsites. And we've extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Better loos than New Day then!

    Great work guys x

    More toilets in the main area would be good too!

    Please reserve me a front row seat😁👍

    A few more showers would be good too.

    You need a few of these around the site Peter...........

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    Great! Another vertically challenged regular who you have made very happy!

    Brilliant!!

    This is the festival that keeps on giving! Still shoehorning in quality bands at this late stage(Holy Moly) and now big screens!

    I can't wait for my first Wickham fest - it's been WOMAD for over 20 years, thought I'd have a change. ... bring it on! 😊 🎵

    Excellent!

    Hurray hurray!!

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    Great idea. Those of us who are vertically challenged salute you!

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    Roughly how many people come to this festival ?

    I'm sure there were big screens last year?

    Is this the real reason that you have had your eyes upgraded to HD 😨

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    You Peter Chegwyn to thank you for always bringing an awesome line up to suit all ages & tastes and introducing us to new artists. Can’t wait for Wickham before we head over to Festival Interceltique Lorient Brittany to catch the incredible Carlos Nunez. 🎶👏

    Looking forward to another great year 😀😀

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    Love this photo

    Dread zone and Afro Celt ...

    Afro Celts, Charli and Derek ❤

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    The Afro Celts and the cheese on toast seller 😃

    Afro Celts, Sam Kelly, Skinny Lister, Frank Turner and hope Le Vent Du Nord join up with Breabach

    The Proclaimers!!

    Only doing one night so Skinny Lister and The Proclaimers 😁

    Judy Collins, Ralph Mctell, Graham Nash...........

    Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ralph McTell and many many more!!!

    Lucinda Williams :-)

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