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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Yet another great live band confirmed for Wickham 2019. TradArrr will perform on Friday 2nd August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=agGiGpCfybATRAD arrr. NOTTTAMUN TOWN/ PRETTY POLLY live at Cropredy 2015 ... See MoreSee Less

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Now we are talking.. Great band.. Tea towels not bad either !

Brilliant news! Wtg Peter!

Yet another great artist confirmed for this year's Wickham Festival. Singer-songwriter Gordon Haskell will be appearing on Friday 2nd August www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sraxf1U6EITrack taken from live DVD "The Road To Harry's Bar" released in 2005 via Metal Mind Productions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Brilliant addition to an already great line up.

Another great live band confirmed for this year's Wickham Festival. By popular request we're delighted to say that The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican will be appearing at Wickham on Friday 2nd August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwPjEZo-NsY&start_radio=1&list=RDGwPjEZo-NsYThe finale of The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's set live at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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We can't wait. Get your party pants on muddy funsters

If you haven't seen them play live before, you are in for a treat. If I had a pound for everytime I'd seen them, I'd have in excess of £23 by now 😎

Seen a few times & are excellent :- Hilary Cross

about time

Can't see this band too often and a festival is their natural environment 😍😍

Brilliant news.

Izzy Drury Robbie Arnold 🎶

Annette Lawrence

Yay!!!

Claire, you will have to watch this band. Brilliant at Cropredy last year! 🙂

Yes yes yes!!!!

Grrreeeaaatt!

Ade Bracewell ??

Sean Carey!! These were the peeps you showed me from beautiful days right???

Anna Doswell it only gets better

Brilliant at Cropredy last year. A great show..and very funny too 😂

They are hilarious!!!! Cx

Excellent news. Just sad that Maart won't be there.

Dale Wesley Calderbank, you'll love these! Watch till the end 😊

Well done Wickham 👍 bostin

New to me. Having watched the clip, we're in for some fun!!

Thats great..... ihope we dont drop the boat like watchet did last year...

I do like a bit of old tyme rap😎😎

Tune

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We're just starting to book our food & drink stalls for this year's Wickham Festival. What food would you like to see at Wickham 2019? ... See MoreSee Less

Were just starting to book our food & drink stalls for this years Wickham Festival.  What food would you like to see at Wickham 2019?

 

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A proper fruit stall, like a market stall as opposed to people selling a single slice of watermelon for £3! So you can buy a bunch of bananas, half a dozen apples, bunch of grapes etc.

Oh, and I think we say this every year, could you please double your order of the rhubarb cider as it always runs out :-D

The cheese on toast guy please

More vegan/healthier options please, as well as Bunnychow

bit more catering for people on diets would be nice but generally very happy with quality and variety on offer

Please can you think about a healthier option? Thanks

Vegan and veggie please and more breaky places 😍 I bloody love the south African chilli stall too

Falafels, vegetarian, vegan would be great.

Really good Mac and cheese would be a hit for us 😃

Twisted Tea Rooms Please!!!

Vegan stalls and Pieminister.😋

Toasted sandwich stall please

Hope the Paellaria is back. Always superb and lovely people

Nearly everything suggested below is carb heavy - lots of us on low carb ways of eating now. Last year there was nothing I could buy that was not carb heavy - be great if there was more choices this year that were not chips, rice, potatoes or bread or pulses.

The sausage and mash guy was brilliant when I last attended!

Pie and mash is always good and cheese on toast please 😁😁

Smoothies & shakes would be good & maybe a fruit stall.

The South African chilli stall, please!

The Pan de Mania pizza people please!

More vegetarian options.

Hit me up with the Bunny Chow!

Also the place that does Thai tapas :)

A good quality pie or cornish pasty stall or a good hog roast.

Bennett’s fish and chips again please! The best fish and chips I’ve ever had at an event! 😋

You did really well with gluten free options last year so, as a coeliac, more of the same would be good. I completely understand the call for vegan too, but my experience of vegan outside catering is that tends to be mutually exclusive with GF :-(

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Another great live band confirmed for Wickham 2019. Skinny Lister will be kicking up a storm on our Village Stage on Thursday 1st August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjmBoL9fn7QTaken from the album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’, released on Xtra Mile Recordings. Filmed at Club Quattro, Shibuya, Tokyo by OneLungKenny Pre-order Down On ... ... See MoreSee Less

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Oooh, we're seeing them at the 1865 in Southampton in a couple of months. Please tell me you're booking Holy Moly and the Crackersss again as they're supporting Skinny Lister on their tour?

Helen Haigh Ian Haigh I’m so excited, saw them supporting Frank Turner and they were amazing!!! Seeing them at the 1865 in March!

Seeing them at Incider Festival 1-3 Feb in Weston Super Mare

Whaaaaaaaat!

Still adding some top quality stuff here - Beans on Toast by any chance?

EPIC Any news on the Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican?

Matt might have to go for the day x

Yur Mum are v good

They remind me of the Cropdusters another excellent band

Dale Wesley Calderbank

Alex Mulchrone 😲😲

Skinny Lister, seeing them twice this year, don’t mind if I do, great band

Kat Sean 👌👌

Amazing! So excited about this 😍

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