Wickham Festival News

Happy New Year from all the Wickham Festival team

Over the last few days we’ve been busy updating our line up pages to show artists who will be appearing at Wickham Festival 2019. We think this our best line up ever so it’s hard to summise what we’ll be enjoying next summer, but here’s a quick run through of some highlights.

We’ll be off to a great opening night as we’re delighted to announce that American folk icon Judy Collins will headline our Valley Stage on Thursday 1st August 2019 supported by Matthews Southern Comfort and Steve Knightley (one half of Show of Hands), while The Proclaimers will headline our Village Stage on the same night.

On Friday 2nd August 2019 our headliners will be be Level 42.

We’re also pleased to say that Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkeys and The Spooky Mens Chorale from Australia will be performing. TSMC will be doing a workshop session.  These have proved very popular so we’re greatly expanding our workshops programme for 2019.

Also on Friday World Music comes to Wickham as we welcome Baka Beyond! They mix African and Celtic music in equal measures to create the sound of a global village.

On Saturday 3rd August we welcome The Afro Celt Sound System.

Also performing will be Scotland’s Elephant Sessions, top Irish band Dervish, singer-songwriter Grace Petrie and folk duo Will Pound & Eddy Jay.

For those who remember energetic Derby-based folk punk band The Newcranes from the 1990s, they recently announced that they’re re-forming so we had to book them.

In case that’s not enough for our Saturday, Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The ‘A’ Team will be performing. The American blues legend Lil’ Jimmy Reed is the last of the original Louisiana bluesmen.

On Sunday 4th August 2019 Hollywood comes to Wickham! Canadian actor, producer, director & singer-songwriter Kiefer Sutherland & his superb live band will be appearing.

Described as the best live band in the country, The Alabama 3 will close our Village Stage on the Sunday night. Their track “Woke Up This Morning” was used for the show’s opening credits of the TV series The Sopranos.

Finally we’re delighted to announce that two of Britain’s finest singer-songwriters, Ralph McTell and Gilbert O’Sullivan, will both be appearing at the 2019 Wickham Festival on Sunday.

If you booked early before our line up was announced we hope to have listed artists you’re looking forward to see and given you some cheer over the holidays.  There’s certainly some diverse Wickham debuts we can’t wait to see.  Please don’t forget this is your last chance to save £50 on 4-day adult weekend season tickets. Prices rise on 1st January. Our 4-day weekend season tickets are currently around £50-£60 cheaper than the Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Larmer Tree Festival, giving excellent value-for-money. Book now via our tickets page before prices rise on New Year’s Day.

Thank You to everyone who sent us Christmas cards and greetings. We hope you’ve enjoyed the festive season and are looking forward to a great New Year. We’ve some fantastic artists still to announce for next year’s Festival. We hope you’ll be part of it and we look forward to welcoming you back to Wickham in 2019.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Best wishes,
The Wickham Festival Team

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    We're pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham. Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of 'sport'. ... See MoreSee Less

    Were pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham.  Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of sport.

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    The Campaign has been in all the national newspapers this week. There's a great article by Lorraine Kelly in today's Sun.

    It’s hard to look at pictures of these senseless killings, and so easy to walk past a stall such as this when enjoying our musical freedoms at your wonderful festival. But these beautiful creatures now have no freedom and we applaud your stance on trying to do something to stop this appalling animal trophy tourism. Wickham will always be our favourite festival. 👏

    We'll be visiting the stall. Excellent, thank you Wickham xxx

    Well done wickham

    We will definitely be visiting the stall!

    Even putting cruelty, suffering and animal loss to one side. Is this now morally acceptable behaviour? No, it isn’t. We are but guests on this planet and will be gone eventually but while we are here is this really how we should be treating the only home we have?

    We'll see you there... this is despicable

    Great cause. Take a look at this recent senseless killing of a magnificent elephant that we are trying raise awareness of too: Desert Elephants & Friends Voortrekker the Desert Elephant

    Will do.

    Baffles me how beastly people can hold down a relationship and I cant ...I don't even kill animals then gloat lovingly over their lifeless corpses... maybe I'm going about things wrong...!

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    Aug. 1st-4th. Less than two weeks to go. Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see who's playing when. Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added. Hope you've got your tickets - they're selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    Aug. 1st-4th.  Less than two weeks to go.  Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see whos playing when.  Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added.  Hope youve got your tickets - theyre selling fast.

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    Can’t wait as love this festival, one thing I would ask is have you sorted the issue of entrances and exits to the stages/ tents being blocked by camping chairs as last year was an accident waiting to happen.

    Looking forward to our fourth consecutive year this year 👍. We've had torrential rain and mud (2017 or was it 2016?) and we've had scorching sunshine (2018). Whatever the weather we'll be there and having a fabulous time ⛺️☂️😎🌞🍹🍻🎹🎸🎪

    Fingers crossed the weather improves! We'll still have fun anyway, but come on the sunshine!

    See you there! 😎

    Found it eventually on a link to Clashfinder right at the bottom of the page.

    Plus yours truly hosting the comedy tent don’t forget! 😂🕺🏽⭐️👍🤩😂

    Keifer and lindesfarne overlapping, what shall I do

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    One of the world's finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out 'The Game Revisited'. Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football. ... See MoreSee Less

    One of the worlds finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out The Game Revisited.  Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football.

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    Richard Hall

    Helen Haigh this is a must!

    Andy Whittingham

    Do you have a time and venue please ⚽ ♥ 🎶 ♥

    Bet Helen can’t wait!

    Elizabeth Bailey ?

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