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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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    Presenting our official Wickham Festival 2022 video produced by Tim Bearder. Enjoy! 😃 www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8MRJHri1tw ... See MoreSee Less

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    It was great ! but it is now so big it needs a real open air stage !! was cramed into those marqee,s watching bands !! real stage next years PLEASE !!

    Scott Doonican You made it into the video ... 🙂 Thanks, Wickham Festival team, it was a blast, cannot wait till next year ... ❤

    A week on and still buzzing! Discovered the The Saw Doctors and can’t get the N17 ear worm outta my head 😂😂

    Helen Coppock

    Cracking short video but Wickham Festival you are so much more than this!! A taster but you have to be there to feel the unique vibe!!

    Just back from dog friendly Cropredy .Guess what not a single person was killed by dog. Cmon Wickham you know dogs are better than people !!

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    The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. One of the most popular bands at this year's Wickham Festival. Thanks to Stuart Barry for a great live video.
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    My new favourite band! Saw them at Cropredy this weekend too. I then bumped into Sharkey and RJ on the field yesterday, they were enjoying the festval, and they spoke very highly of their experience at Wickham too.

    My discovery of the festival. They are absolutely brilliant, totally got me (and the lady wife!).

    Not even heard of this band, but am now following them,great performance ,definately one of my highlights x

    Absolutely brilliant. Hill Billy Pink Floyd. Please invite them back.

    Great band, one of many highlights 👍🤘

    I couldn't decide what I made of them I initially. Then after three or four songs I think I decided I liked them. They were perplexing 😁. But overall, yeah..... pretty good. I'd definitely watch them again 👍

    Tans Slambovian bio polar express 😀

    Brilliant really loved their sound

    Loved them at Wickham. Once I find out where Slambovia is I'm going to pay a visit 😉

    Enjoyed their set but it was loud!

    Great band

    They were fantastic 👍

    Love them xx

    Matt John these are the guys I was telling you about 😁

    Vanessa Sherlock x

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    Don't forget you can save a whopping £100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form. 2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Dont forget you can save a whopping £100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form.  2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Purchased ours this eve online. Last time we were there was in 2015 when Billy Bragg and the Proclaimers were there. Loved every minute of it. So excited for 2023 🤗

    We managed to find a cheque book!! Sent ours off already!! Can’t wait!!

    What's a cheque? I know a few Poles and a Ukrainian but not these cheques? I can PayPal or Google pay

    Found my cheque book, the last cheque I wrote was also for Wickham. And the one previous!

    Bought before we left the site!

    Ours is in the post

    Got mine before I left. Can’t wait!

    Who has a cheque book these days and I certainly wouldn’t post cash. Shame 😞

    Posted ours off already!

    Sent ours off yesterday 😉

    Posted ours 👍

    Sent ours off pronto 💚👏👏👏🎶

    Sent mine off yesterday.

    Mine is in the post

    Cheque on way!

    Sandy Gunton please xx

    Michael Tindal-Vincent Not bad considering your just around the corner 😉

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    And we're off! Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass. But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival. Thank you one and all. We'll do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6. 'Earlybird' tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    And were off!  Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass.  But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival.  Thank you one and all.  Well do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6.  Earlybird tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/ticketsImage attachmentImage attachment

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    Should add that not a speck of litter was left behind thanks to Smudger's amazing litter-picking crew.

    It was fantastic and no trouble at all and I live right across from it! Well done to all of you, look forward to next year x

    I walked past yesterday. We love having such a great festival within walking distance of our house and also nice to see it back to normal.

    Thanks for all the effort you put in. Much appreciated 🙏 it wouldn't be here without your good self taking the time to stage it. Great times and memories. Fortunate to see both sides of the festival

    Was great fun. Thank you. Tickets bought for next year already.

    Really enjoyed and have purchased my early bird tickets for 2023 👌👌

    Well done Wickham gang!!! At least you don't have to contend with discarded tents etc as per Glastonbury!

    Thank you for another brilliant festival,have already purchased tickets for next year. xx

    Was great thanks to all who make this festival work so well

    Absolutely loved it. First time we've been. Great bands, especially the Saw Doctors, but I'm a little biased, and everything was so well organised, including the weather 😆

    A wonderful weekend, thank you everyone so much. You were all amazing.

    Amazing weekend thanks for the fun, laughter and music

    Thanks to all involved. Loved our tent neighbours who were litter pickers from aardvark. Cheque in post for 2023. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

    The breakdown is the hard bit - adrenaline doesn't pump in quite the same way as on build-up. But four days.... wow!!! Get some serious Zzzzs.

    It was brilliant, saw lots of old friends and made more new one,see you next year.

    Thanks so much everyone who made Wickham Festival a fantastic Event to attend see you all next year ! x

    What a fantastic festival - looking forward to next year with Claire Hartt-Palmer, Paul Jerome, Alison Jerome, Deanna Gaze, Mark Gaze and many others!

    Thank you Wickham, thank you artistes, See you next year

    Brilliant! Well done to everyone - it was an amazing weekend! Do you have a list of any ‘left behind’ items? One of my friends lost a bunch of keys and would love to be reunited with them!!

    Great festival. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Fabulous festival, thanks very much! 👏👏👏 Look forward to it next year! 😀😀😀

    So much happiness right there ❤️ Next year…

    Very impressed with the infrastructure of the show. Such hard work by all. If I have one complaint, it's that the portaloos in the campervan field weren't replenished with paper and sanitizer as often as I was told. I had my own facilities but occasionally used the public ones and took my own supplies. Just a thought.

    Thank you for another fab weekend 😊

    One word…… AMAZING…. Booked for next year!!

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