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Kiefer Sutherland wowed by Wickham

Kiefer Sutherland has fallen in love with the Wickham Festival.

The Hollywood star took the event by storm with his band and was clearly moved by the fantastic reception he received.

Kiefer Sutherland

His set proved to be one of the major highlights of another hugely successful weekend with the crowd still cheering long after he had left the stage.

He said: “The audience was wonderful and this festival is wonderful. It was just a fantastic evening for us.

“I can’t explain why but the audiences we have had in the UK have just been extraordinary and we are so thrilled to be able to play here.

“This festival has been amazing. The only other festival we have ever played in the UK was Glastonbury and this tent was very much like the one we played there. People have been amazing and the audience was extraordinary.”

His style of country rock and Blues was a perfect fit for the festival drawing a capacity crowd of 7,000 to the picturesque site village in the heart of Hampshire.

Kiefer Sutherland

Tracks from his new album Reckless and Me, which reached Number 9 in the UK charts, went down particularly well in the packed Big Top and the singer was thrilled with the reaction.

He added: “We played the second album here and it is certainly selling a lot better than the first record and we are focused right now on the third.”

With two hit albums to add to his string of major movies and television box sets, Kiefer is delighted with the new direction to his career. So, does he regard himself now as an actor or singer?

“I see myself as a bit of both. I will be an actor to the day I die; it’s the great love of my life. But this is another way to tell stories and I just enjoy playing live so much that it’s also something I hope to be able to do until the day I die.

Kiefer Sutherland drew a huge crowd

“I am really lucky. I have been able to do things that have really interested me and not many people get to say that. They have got to work but I have been very fortunate with my life and I am going to try and take full advantage of it.”

Kiefer Sutherland has given his backing to the Two Saints charity

While at Wickham the singer took time to visit Naomi House and Jack’s Places hospice near Winchester where he played a special set.

And he also gave his backing to the festival’s chosen charity Two Saints which does such great work with the homeless.

Tickets are already on sale for next year’s festival from August 6-9 2020. Fans can save up to £70 if they renew by September 1st 2019. What’s more orders received before August 15th 2019 will be entered into our signed T-shirt competition.  Full details on our tickets page.

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    This was a Highlight for me from Last Year's Festival, Could not belive the Sound it was Amazing 👌

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    Many years ago I gate crashed John Prine's 50th birthday party, I was hitch hiking down through the American south back in 1996... Got to Nashville, walked into a bar and there he was celebrating in the back room with a whole load of his musician friends, including Nanci Griffith if I remember rightly.. Good times... long ago... Get well soon buddy!

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