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Oysterband praise for Wickham Festival

Oysterband frontman John Jones believes the Wickham Festival is one of the best in the country.

Oysterband deliver incredible set

Despite heavy rain and huge logistical problems, the event not only went ahead but has proved hugely successful with big crowds enjoying the fantastic acts and activities.

And that triumph in adversity is largely down to the passion and determination of organiser Peter Chegwyn according to Jones.


He said: “Wickham has always been one of our favourite festivals, we have been playing here for years and we love it.

“It has a very special feel to it and much of that is down to Peter who puts so much into it.

“I was reading the online updates and the horrific weather on Wednesday and I did wonder if it would even been on. A few festivals have cancelled because of the weather but not only did it go ahead but the site is fantastic considering what it has been through.

“It must have cost Peter a lot of money but it is worth it because it is as good as it possibly can be. He has a fantastic team of people round him and they have worked tirelessly to get it on and to keep the unique feel to the festival.

“And of course there is some great music for people to enjoy. The programming is first-class with a West Country theme to Friday and then a folk feel to Saturday with the Men They Couldn’t Hang, ourselves and the Levellers.

Mark Chadwick of The Levellers

“We are delighted to be part of it and I hope everyone appreciates the massive effort and expense that has gone into making this weekend as good as it can be.”

A heavy morning shower caused a few problems on the third day of the festival with some cars having to be towed in by tractor causing some traffic delays.

However organisers eased the problem by opening an overspill field and also sending in diggers to improve the exits particularly to the field of motorhomes.

Chegwyn said: “The mood among fans has been incredibly positive on the whole. There are bound to be some frustrations caused by the weather – an occupational hazard of running festivals.

The Men They Couldn’t Hang

“But people can see how much work we have put in to improve and maintain the site. We added another covering of straw and the site has actually drained extremely well.

“We have had three fantastic days of music and comedy. As a local councillor I particularly enjoyed seeing the Q&A with political satirist Tom Walker, aka Jonathan Pie.

“The headline acts were fantastic but we had a really strong line-up on all the stages throughout the day, finished off with late night comedy. There really is something for everyone.”



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    They are absolutely wonderful! They should definitely be there every year 😍🤩😍

    When Johnny came back on for the drum off with Show of Hands was also a special moment

    I swear he's the happiest man in music. It's the one thing you enjoy being contagious. 😁

    Loved every moment. Brilliant.

    Love them. Got to be a Wickham constant 🙏

    When are we going to get our 2022 replacement tickets?

    Absolutely Amazing 🥰🌹🌹🌹🥰

    They’re excellent!! 👌🏻

    Love it !

    Best thing there!!

    The Best 👏👍❤

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    Great photo of Lindisfarnes Rod Clements performing at this years Wickham Festival.  Have you any photos of artists at this years event?  Please feel free to share them.

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    'Earlybird' season tickets for Wickham 2022 selling fast. Buy B4 the end of September for just £37.50 a day with no added booking fees. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    The fella who fiddles, what a performance by Steve Wickham, Liam and Peter 💚

    The very talented Fugitive Orchestra.

    The genius that is Mr Wood ☺

    The great Cregan & Co.

    Not to mention Mr Simpson

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    when are the first artists being announced ?

    The litterpickers and mud.

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    We posted a cheque but no email as yet!

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