Wickham Festival News

More artists announced for 2020

Over this weekend we’ve updated our website with another batch of artists within our Line Up section. There’s some great new additions we’re excited to welcome to Wickham Festival 2020. As ever there will be several debut performances as well as those that have entertained us before. We believe this is probably the strongest line-up in depth of any celtic / folk / roots / blues / rock festival this summer. What’s more, if you buy your tickets now we continue to be cheaper than Cambridge Folk Festival, Cornbury, Larmer Tree and Beautiful Days amongst others.

As many of you know we like to make announcements as bookings are confirmed via our social channels, but for those of you who don’t use social media here is a quick run down of new artists we’ve added to our website. Picking out a few highlights we have Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets. Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of the Ventures, The Shadows, and with Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world. What’s more along with Nick Lowe they sure look like something to look forward to this summer.

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett will be performing on our opening night, Thursday 6th August. Pigeonhole this duo at your peril, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett are back on the road with their aptly named Final Straw Tour which makes it’s way to Wickham Festival 2020. Still going after 40 years and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch.

Beans on Toast will be making his Wickham debut on Sunday 9th August 2020. Essex born folk songwriter ‘Beans on Toast’ is an extremely unique performer. Twisting an age-old genre with a D.I.Y. approach and contemporary concerns has earned him the title of a cult figure who tells it like it is. A festival favourite (he’s played Glastonbury every year since 2007) and a prolific writer and performer. He’s written and recorded 11 albums and he’s played every bar, club, venue, pub, festival, party and honky-tonk you can think of.

Other artists announced since our last blog post are:

All this and we still have amazing headliners to be announced!  If you’ve yet to buy your tickets, you can still save £30 on every 4-day weekend season ticket by booking now.

In other news we are now taking submissions for our local and unsigned stages.  So if you want to perform this year please send a press pack to wickham@quayweststudios.com.

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    Lovely Monday morning home video from Talisk. See them at Wickham in August (Covid-permitting) TALISK Sessions #1 ... See MoreSee Less

    Great new video from Graham Nash urging everyone to stay home and stay safe. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROCzHRzHYdM ... See MoreSee Less

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

    That made me properly smile for the first time in days. Thank you Wickham and thank you Mr Nash .

    For me too. The Graham Nash and Judy Collins double header made that first night really special

    He was amazing last yr. Thank you for sharing. Paul Meredith listen to this and set what you missed. Xx

    He was fantastic last year!

    Yeah, he was brilliant

    Liz Ferla xx

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    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesday's sunshine. As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: 'I never thought I'd be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32'. Lockdown has some benefits! ... See MoreSee Less

    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesdays sunshine.  As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: I never thought Id be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32.  Lockdown has some benefits!

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    I've rung there when visiting Wickham Folk Festival... lovely ring, church, and welcome x

    ...and what a lovely pollution free sky too x

    It is a lovely church with a huge amount of history.

    Everyday of Festival last year, had a Walk down and and sat with a Coffee looking across to Church, still 🙏 I can Again this Year 😎

    Never thought I would see so many parking spaces in the square 😀

    What a lovely looking church

    Diocese of Portsmouth

    Chelsea Grant ❤

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    Lovely video. Kinda appropriate right now. Great music brings people together, bridging what divides us and inspiring us through dark times. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Two artists we've tried to book over the years, so far without success, are Joan Baez & John Prine. John is critically ill on a ventilator thanks to Covid-19. Here's Joan signing his song Hello In There. Get well soon John. ❤️

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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!

    Oh nooooo, John! Bad news, that. He cancelled his gig at Bridgewater Hall about a month ago. Would have loved to see him. Thanks for sharing this Janey, will have a listen now xxx

    Anne Stephenson, Sian Aubrey. 💜🙏

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