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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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    Newly confirmed. 3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldn't Hang. More to be announced shortly. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Newly confirmed.  3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldnt Hang.  More to be announced shortly.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Great so far! Please get Tide Lines back!

    Excellent!

    Excellent 🀘🀘

    Brilliant band! 😊

    Happy days!

    Awesome!!! Got my ticket months ago, so am so excited!! xx

    Can’t wait to volunteer again 😊

    This just gets better and better. When are you going to announce the Second Coming of Warren Zevon, who will be headlining on Sunday !!!!!! Four acts announced, albums by three in my collection......That's what makes Wickham such a wonderful festival and the musical highlight of my year......!!

    Yusss!

    I love it when these announcements start. I don't know this band but it gives me a chance to start researching. So looking forward to Wickham Music Festival August 2024. Tickets bought in August 23!

    Can we have the SAS band and Alabama 3 back please πŸ™

    Can’t wait

    Another fantastic band! Thank you πŸ™‚

    excellent news three daft monkeys

    How long are the Early Bird tickets on for? I'm trying to round up several others but I don't want to miss out while others dither Wickham Music Festival

    So happy that 3 Daft Monkeys Are at Wickham next year. They were awesome at South Petherton earlier this year 😊

    Yay πŸ˜ƒ

    Yessss, excellent, one of my favourites😁

    Great craic are those 3 Daft Monkeys.

    Megan James Astrid must be thrilled with the line up so far for Wickham! All her favs x

    Fab line up already… add Alabama 3 please!!!! 😎❀️

    Dammit Actb Smith looks like I’ll be missing a great lineup next year. Bet you’re glad you got early tickets now!

    3 Daft Monkeys!! Can't wait

    Brilliant festival Wickham Music Festival

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    Pleased to confirm that The Men They Couldn't Hang will be back at Wickham in 2024 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. Always a great live band. ... See MoreSee Less

    Pleased to confirm that The Men They Couldnt Hang will be back at Wickham in 2024 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.  Always a great live band.

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    Great news!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

    I would appreciate Graham Nash again, sadly never got to see him in 2018, but completely understand if he’s out of budget

    Excellent news! My favourite band and my favourite festival!

    Great stuff !!! Thanks !! Pamela Horrigan

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    Great live act well done

    Thats just great news !!!!

    Always a good slot!

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    Fantastic - very much looking forward to seeing them

    Which night are they playing ?

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    YAY - thank you Wickham Music Festival πŸ₯°

    Simon Tremlett ..this year we are going !

    Deirdre Arthur

    Excellent. Have booked for the Shepherd's Bush Gala night and for Barnoldswick but you just can't have too much of a great thing......Must say, it's all going rather well for Wickham 2024, but then we KNEW it would! What delights are to be revealed in the coming days, I wonder...??

    Woo hoo!

    Yay!!!

    Tmtch and tankus? Looking like its going to be a great year so far

    Any more confirmed yet?

    Ooh amazing news.

    Yay. Well happy.

    Steven C Turner

    Nice!

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    Delighted to announce that top Scottish band Skipinnish are newly confirmed for the 2024 Wickham Festival on Sat. 3 Aug. Same day as Tankus the Henge. Lots more artists being announced this week. Earlybird tickets still available via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Hurrah. My favourite

    Superb. One of my absolute favourites......Thanks Peter and Team! Starting to drool already.....

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    Seen in East London.  Weve booked Ronnie Lanes band Slim Chance several times.  Theyre great!  Have you any photos of other roads named after musicians?

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    Here's another. Heinz Burt Close in Eastleigh. Named after Heinz, the former bass player of The Tornados (famed for their hit Telstar)

    Not named after me as such, but I’ve dj’d the silent disco the last 2 years for Bug Beats Events at the Wickham Music Festival! 🀣🀣

    There's Charles Watts Way at Hedge end of course

    Hi Pete. Did you see my email. Croft No 5 have reformed!! 😊

    I saw Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance in 1976 in the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. What a great band.

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    As part of the 'other festival' in Pilton you will find a new road Maggies Farm, not a band member but of course from Bobs tune.

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    OK - I need to get out more! Here’s a little something to fulfil the request!

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    Can't remember where this was now but great name 🀭

    Of course its Swansea so it may be the Welsh Dylan

    Spotted this in Partinico, Sicily.

    In his home town of Paisley.

    Not a road name, but Billy Bragg Bicycles sign in Gillingham is one I remember from childhood. Obviously not that Billy Bragg!

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