Wickham Festival News

Listen to the Wickham Song from Phil Odgers

The Wickham Festival has been immortalised in song!

Phil “Swill” Odgers from the Men They Couldn’t Hang loves the event so much that he has penned a special tribute.

It was performed for the first time during his superb slot with Bobby Valentino on the Village Stage and the crowd took it to their hearts.

Swill said: “I’m surprised no-one has done it before because this is such a special festival – I love it. I am lucky enough to be invited to perform here most years either solo or with the Men They Couldn’t Hang.

“But if I wasn’t singing, I would genuinely be here as a fan. It really does have a unique feel to it which is why I wrote a song about it.

Phil “Swill Odgers” has written a song in tribute to the Wickham Festival

 

“I did a folk session at Boarhunt and had written a tune on the way down but I had no lyrics at all. Afterwards I did a workshop and we sat around and people shouted out lyrics – some of which would never get in any song, ever!

“But it all came together in about 15 minutes but I had still had to sing it in the car on the way here to make sure I knew the lyrics including a well-deserved name-check for Peter Chegwyn who puts on this fantastic event year after year.

Swill and Bobby Valentino played a fantastic set on the Village Stage

“He commands a tremendous amount of respect in the industry and has become the standard by which other people measure their festivals – not just for the music and the atmosphere but for the very fair and level way everyone is treated.

Phil Odgers would attend Wickham Festival as a fan – even if he wasn’t playing!

“To meet a festival organiser who has a very important job but remains down-to-earth and deals with things on a personal level is unique – but then it is a unique festival.

“That attitude runs through the whole festival, through all the people who work here and the countless volunteers who do such a great job. A lot of places you go, people are fed up and stressed and too busy to help but all the staff have that relaxed attitude which pervades the whole event.

“More and more people are hearing about it and coming from further afield. I have two friends who came all the way from north Wales just to work as volunteers which says a lot.

“People do it because they believe in the event. I would say it is my favourite UK festival. I’m not just saying that, I really do feel that way.”

Click below to listen to an interview with Phill “Swill” Odgers as well as organiser Peter Chegwyn and many of the top artists.

 

Archives by year

  • 2024 (6)
  • 2023 (13)
  • 2022 (13)
  • 2021 (20)
  • 2020 (12)
  • 2019 (25)
  • 2018 (25)
  • 2017 (27)
  • 2016 (23)
  • 2015 (19)
  • 2014 (2)
  • Facebook Posts

    Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
    Theyve supported Levellers & Frank Turner on tour.  Now The Wilswood Buoys will make their Wickham Festival debut on Sat. 3rd Aug. (same night at Levellers & Ferocious Dog). Give them a listen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qnLKAGylI

    They've supported Levellers & Frank Turner on tour. Now The Wilswood Buoys will make their Wickham Festival debut on Sat. 3rd Aug. (same night at Levellers & Ferocious Dog). Give them a listen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qnLKAGylI ... See MoreSee Less

    2 days ago

    4 CommentsComment on Facebook

    Thanks guys can’t wait to see you all! X

    They are fabulous!

    These guys are awesome!

    Our Twitter Feed

    Newly confirmed! Swan Samba will be bringing their infectious beats back to Wickham on Sun. 4th Aug.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWDS2U76sV0&t=17s

    Line-Up Addition: By popular request, #FleetwoodCollective (Fleetwood Mac tribute) will be back at Wickham on our opening night, Thurs. 1 Aug., following their superb show last year.

    LAST CHANCE TO SAVE £30 ON WICKHAM FESTIVAL WEEKEND TICKETS 1st-4th Aug. Levellers; Suzi Quatro; Curtis Stigers; Tony Christie; Seth Lakeman; Ferocious Dog; Tankus The Henge; Michael McGoldrick; John Otway & so many more. Hurry! Prices rise on 1st July.

    As reported in The News, we're moving to a much better #WickhamFestival site after last year's mud! It's great to have our lovely new flat, grassed & well-drained arena field this summer!

    You can still save £30 on every 4-day adult weekend ticket to this year's #WickhamFestival... but please hurry! Prices rise on 1st July.