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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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    Excellent Festival planning meeting on Sunday in the gloriously sunny garden of the Kings Head pub in Wickham. The Festival is ON, the planning is going well, tickets are selling like hotcakes, and we're looking forward to August! πŸ˜ƒ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Tickets bought...first time for me after the cancellation of 2000Trees and Cambridge FF ...and seeing this fantastic line up, so many of my fav bands, particularly Nick Parker Megson, Seth Lakeman and Gaz Brookfield - can't wait !

    Thank you all! πŸ‘πŸŽΆi we cannot wait to be at wickham once again!

    Great news.

    Hi , Are you still taking applications for bands ? Thanks

    Every time you put something on here it causes me to have a virtual bag pack πŸ˜ƒ. Can't wait🎡

    Fantastic

    Must find out what I did with last year's tickets

    I recognise that garden Rebecca Wolage Jeremy Pereira Rich Pereira Claire Pereira.

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    Huzzah!

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    The SAS Band (Spike's All-Stars) will be at Wickham on Thursday 5th August feat. Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel); Graham Gouldman (10cc); Tom Robinson; Toyah; Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) & more. Tickets www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Not missing this. Tickets booked πŸ‘

    Love the SAS Band and working at the Wickham Music Festival so double happy. Can't wait.

    Great festival. 😁

    Sue Bladon Marcia Brogan ... so looking forward to our Hampshire & Wickham Festival outing ... fingers crossed Mel C might rock up with the SAS band to make my day!! πŸ’œ

    That'll be ace! (Did I mention The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York?????........not to be missed either).

    Can’t wait- it’s been too long!

    Jamie Moses ?

    Can’t wait to see them x

    No Roger Taylor?

    Can't wait!

    Do you think Toyah will bring Robert?

    Fingers crossed this doesn't happen here Peter......

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    We're looking forward to welcoming Van Morrison to Wickham on Saturday 7th August 2021. Tickets selling fast.
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    Snooze.. but Slambovian Circus of Dreams !!!!! Wowser,, good call Pete XX !!!!!

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    Looking forward to this, great festival and line up.

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    I saw The Waterboys at Hurtwood Park a couple of years ago.. they were brilliant.

    Great work Wickham - see you in the summer!

    What’s the covid passport status of the event?

    Great festival and right on our doorstep! \😁/

    Got weekend ticket, tee shirt 2021. Bring on August

    Sam Jefferies I wanna go to this if I'm not gigging myself. I've seen Van Morrison live very good. Also it's on around my birthday

    I like Van Morrison! 😁

    Stanley Jordan! That'll blow a few minds.

    John Otway blimey, last time I saw him I was 18.. (60 now)

    Gemma Noakes shall we get tickets?

    So looking forward to this.

    Will you have the 2 metre distancing rule in place???

    Got ticketsπŸ₯³

    Wickham has a great line-up this year.

    Which artists are appearing which days ?

    Love Van the Man. Saw him many years ago at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Fab ! It's a great line up too.

    Something to look forward to😎

    What are weekend season tickets?

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    Not forgetting The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York State? (www.slambovia.com)

    and amazing The Slambovian Circus of Dreams !! good call Peter !!!

    Can’t wait for the big day 😊🍺🎢

    Looking forward to going.

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    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening.  Wont be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again.  Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast πŸ˜ƒ www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Bought our rhubarb cider direct from Lilleys last year. Bloody lovely

    I’ve arranged a heatwave

    Jayne MW Michael Dickinson Lauren Burton We should do something like this 🀣🀣🀣

    Fab fammily festival

    Can’t wait 🍻

    Salud 😎🍻🎢

    Pam Smart what are we wearing?

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    Can't wait. So looking forward to it.

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