Wickham Festival News

The preparations begin, first artists announced for 2018

Next August may seem a long way off but it’s been a busy time at Wickham HQ. We’ve just published our first batch of artists for 2018 on our home page. We normally wait until December but couldn’t wait to share the exciting news via our social channels.

Next year we’ll be welcoming:

This really is just a teaser for what’s to come next year… all our planned headliners are still under wraps! We haven’t had time to compile artist pages yet or confirm which day each artist is appearing. So our line up section still shows 2017 artists and we’re not releasing day tickets until next January.

We’ve also just published a couple of new pages. First off we’ve added our Wickham Festival 2017 Gallery page. Thank you to Guy Reece of Striking Faces fame for managing our photographers. We had quite a team which included Paul Brett, David Horrocks, David Mence, Ffion Edgeley and Jim Houlbrook.

There were some fantastic photos so please visit our 2017 Gallery page and see if you can spot yourself. It’s impossible to pick a favourite but as always it’s the *Real Stars of Wickham* category that we love most and like to mix them up amongst the artist pictures.

Each year we’re invaded by a tartan army who have declared “Kilt Sunday” for Wickham visitors to show off their knees and all things Scottish. We promise you’ll never meet a friendlier bunch of people. It’s not just for the gents so please remember to pack your kilt for Sunday August 5th 2018. Next year we’ll post a reminder for the “group photo time” in front of our main stage to make sure you’re all there with sporran and an ale in hand. Watch this space!

Pack your kilt for Sunday August 5th 2018

Our deckchair always gets plenty of use over the weekend. Perhaps this mob had only just met or is family and friends out for the day, either way loved this picture…

Post your own snaps from the deckchair #wickhamfestival

This is exactly what defines our event, a weekend that makes visitors smile and motivates us to organise it. Don’t forget if you’ve got your own snaps from the deckchair just #wickhamfestival via Instagram and share your creations on our feed page.  Here’s some proof those pesky swing-hungry kids didn’t completely ransack our chill out zone intentions…

Expertly demonstrating the correct use of a hammock!

We’re currently debating ideas for next year. We thought the older kids could chill out with cocktail to hand and Andy Fairweather-Low in earshot but the younger kids had other swing-based notions. Answers on a postcard via Facebook please.  There’s some incredible photography including this young chap that David Horrocks captured. He’s sure got life sussed early on…

One way to avoid the mud!

We really couldn’t decide which of these outfits was our favourite.  We’re not sure if it was a coincidence but the girl has worn all the colours from our website. As soon as we saw her picture we thought boom … that girl looks super cool and has to go on our home page.  The lady has got very creative seamstress skills, we’ve never seen an outfit like that.  You both look fantastic and we salute your wardrobe skills…

Fashion on display at Wickham Festival 2017.

As for some bizarre things we saw, what’s going on here? Clearly the first thing you always pack for an August music festival is an Xmas tree and Santa hat!

Tent, check. Wellies, check. Hawaii style shirt, check. Xmas tree, check.

OK we did actually have some artist pictures captured in 2017 so here’s one we really loved. We’re nearly sure Tankus are back next year and they always put on an energetic show.


Obviously leaping off steaming pianos and doing limbo poses to camera whilst singing to a few thousand people is run of the mill stuff to most of us at the weekend, but it was handy that one of the Striking Faces team captured this for us!  On a final note we’re hugely grateful that many of you appreciated our efforts with the awful weather that mired our start to the weekend. In case you missed the muddy antics …

Glorious mud!!!

We know some of you weren’t happy and without your feedback we couldn’t make improvements. Our staff and artists also suffered early on with arriving to the festival site. We promise that we’ve listened and have an action plan for next year to address the bottlenecks which could have eased Wickham Festival 2017’s biggest grumbles.

To get our website fully ready for next year we’ve also archived everything from 2017 on this page. It’s got all content from last year in one handy place! In the coming months we’ll be updating our line up section, once we do you’ll know where the 2017 line up lives

We’re sure you know the incredible savings to be made by booking early, but our friends at Festival Glamping have also just announced they’re getting in on the Earlybird’s too.  So head on over to their site for some great early savings!

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    If you live in Dorset or Hampshire and/or are looking for something to do over the Easter weekend, there's a great little Festival at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton with some top-class bands inc. 3 Daft Monkeys; The Men They Couldn't Hang; and Merry Hell. www.folkrattleandroll.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    If you live in Dorset or Hampshire and/or are looking for something to do over the Easter weekend, theres a great little Festival at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton with some top-class bands inc. 3 Daft Monkeys; The Men They Couldnt Hang; and Merry Hell.  www.folkrattleandroll.co.uk

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    Martin Steeden Karina Steeden

    The SAS Band (Spike's All-Stars) will be at Wickham on Thurs., 6 Aug. led by Queen's touring keyboard player since 1984 Spike Edney, and featuring a host of well-known vocalists performing their greatest hits and more. Vocalists will include Wickham favourites Graham Gouldman (10cc); Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel); Tom Robinson; Toyah & Madeline Bell (Blue Mink). Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    The SAS Band (Spikes All-Stars) will be at Wickham on Thurs., 6 Aug. led by Queens touring  keyboard player since 1984 Spike Edney, and featuring a host of well-known vocalists performing their greatest hits and more.  Vocalists will include Wickham favourites Graham Gouldman (10cc); Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel); Tom Robinson; Toyah & Madeline Bell (Blue Mink).  Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    The ultimate party band to celebrate our 15th Wickham Festival (inc. two at Stokes Bay) supported by Nine Below Zero and John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett. Should be a great opening night party! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    2006 - Steeleye Span, Osibisa!! My claim to fame is that I had a corkscrew... so that Maddy Prior could open her 'lubricating' bottle of red wine!! :-)

    Ridiculously good!!- Peter, you keep giving!!! Annie- all stars indeed 😎😎

    I don't think we have even missed one.

    Fabulous to see the SAS band coming back to Wickham!

    Sounds awesome. What a line up. Another great festival weekend.ooking forward to it.

    This year's lineup just gets better and better. Thank you to the Wickham team. I'm so glad I booked again this year.

    What a Great Booking 👏🎉

    Another crowd pleaser. Going to be a great year yet again. A chance to nip to the bar to top up the beer while Toyah is singing as well 😁 (sorry, not a fan) 😎

    Really excited, it can’t come soon enough.🎉🥳

    Wow love them so much , missed them the last time they played Southampton,so this is great news.

    Already booked. I am very happy about this!!

    What a way to kick off the festival! :-D

    Wow! Really delighted. We see these guys each in Guildford and they are brilliant!

    Brilliant, what a fab start to my Friday

    Can't wait..................….Spike and Jamie here we come. Would be a bonus if Tony was there too but I doubt Roger will be with us!!

    Brill we will be there 🍺

    Local lad Spike and his knockout band - never disappointing. This just gets better and better :-)

    Well done Pete!

    Bl***y love you Wickham!!❤️

    oh great news.. quite the bag of goodies..

    Oh it’s our 15th too then, we sort of lost count. 😂

    Yay - you just keep giving 😀😀😀


    Brilliant!!! 🌟

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    Another band just confirmed. Gadarene will be at Wickham on Friday 7th August. Click on pic to view video. www.facebook.com/gadarenemusic/videos/1021730457889726/ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Love this- another band to look forward to!!- 168 days!! 😂😂 Annie 👀👀

    We've always said that one of the great things about Wickham is not necessarily the band's that you know it's the discoveries that you make when you are there. Hattie Hatstar you can take a bow now...

    They sound amazing!


    Yay! Looking forward to catching up Jon Dyer ❤️

    Looks like they will certainly entertain.


    Kim Haddock

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    2020 will be our 15th Wickham Festival (inc. two held at Stokes Bay). Who or what have you enjoyed most in that time? ... See MoreSee Less

    2020 will be our 15th Wickham Festival (inc. two held at Stokes Bay).  Who or what have you enjoyed most in that time?

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    Music wise: the Waterboys (great to see them back), Gilbert O'Sullivan, Wilko, Tom Robinson, Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Trevor Horn Band, Spike's AllStars, Undertones, Hattie Hatstar, Tankus the Henge and so many more. Other wise: Real ale, great food, friendly atmosphere, brief escapes into Wickham, Hand to Mouth puppets, great campsite and so much more. This year will be our 7th Wickham and it's the highlight of our year. May there be many more.

    Treacherous Orchestra last summer: I had high expectations and they delivered in spades :-)

    Show of Hands, Stanley Jordan, Lindisfarne and Seth Lakeman

    Last year was my first time at wickham. For me skinny lister , dreadzone and the proclaimers. The friendly people and the free shuttle bus . Hope to come this year

    Having discovered Wickham Music Festival 6 years ago we have been back ever since (having ditched Cropredy after 25 years of attendance) and Wickham is truly superb. The atmosphere, the countryside, the village, the beer, the stalls and of course the music make it a fabulous event !! Best bands ? 10cc, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Tom Robinson Music, Merry Hell, Holy Moly and the Crackers,Lindisfarne Live,John Otway, Skinny Lister, Show of Hands, the list goes on and on. Keep on doing what you do !!

    The Blockheads - such a tight band still, great musicians

    The South,Dhol Foundation, Barsteward Sons, Holy Moly, Skinny Lister, Otway.....ooooo too many 🥰

    10cc Graham Nash The men they couldn’t hang Tom Robinson Fisherman’s Friends Seth Lakemen and many more 🌹

    10CC, Show of Hands (never tire of seeing them), Kate Rusby, Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Treacherous Orchestra, The South, Vent du Nord, Spooky Men, Barsteward Sons, Les Barker....could go on. The beer tent, the stalls, the atmosphere - and Bunny Chow!

    So far, Tankus The Henge stand out as having been awesome. Lots of great artists and too many to name but TTH give great entertainment.

    Just discovering the festival in 2015, which introduced me to incredible musicians and folk music and encouraged me to seek out live music and other brilliant artists. I will be forever grateful :). (attended 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019) (In particular, Seth Lakeman, Kadia, Skerryvore, Show of Hands, Electric Eden, Devin-Jade, Alice Milburn, Tom Millichamp, Richard Morris, John Adams & Megson)

    A first and a last for me. My introduction to John Cooper Clarke was at Wickham, loved him ever since. And a last chance to see the legend that was Roy Bailey, obviously not well but determined to carry on. Forever in my memory. Wickham I only wish you lasted a week, then I could see all the wonderful artists you book.

    Tankus the Henge, Big Brother Soul, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Toyah, Jools Holland, Fisherman's Friends, Dhol Foundation and many more. Had a blast last summer, cracking line up every time I go. Always good entertainment between acts with the Morris dancing, puppet shows and comedy acts as well

    Hazel O'Connor The stranglers The Proclaimers Hugh Cornwell. Gilbert O'Sullivan Barbara Dickson Small Town Big Brother Soul. Always a great chilled out family festival whatever the weather. 😎☔🌞🤠

    The atmosphere, the campsites, the atmosphere on the campsites, the laid-back approach, the commitment and dedication of the organisers.......oh, and the music!! Steve Harley (and finding out what his son is up to each year!), The Levellers, Show of Hands, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Caravan of Thieves and that awesome version of Bohemian Rhapsody, Tankus, trying to guess which band Sam Sweeney will be playing in each year.......I could go on virtually indefinitely!

    Tankus the Henge, Gilmore & Roberts, Tom Robinson, the Spooky Men, Merry Hell, the Young 'Uns, Oysterband, Edward II, Roger Chapman. Much more besides. Plus great beer and (usually) great weather. Just wish there was a shuttle bus from Fareham.

    1. Atmosphere amazing. 2. Venue amazing. 3. People amazing. 7 years ago I popped my festival cherry by coming to Wickham with my wonderful, soon to be wife, Becca Knight and the great man that is Skyline Drifter. We’ve been back as soon to be parent times ....... new parent times ...... and now we have an amazing son who’s shared his first few years as a Wickham-ite. One of our favourite times of year when it comes around. Love and respect. We’re all glad to see Tankus back this year. Callum’s their number 1 fan and he’s hoping for another hay fight with Jaz .........

    One for the road on one of the smaller stages, they were brilliant! Such an intimate festival and it would be great to see them on a larger stage. 😁👍

    Expected The South, unexpected The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. Special mention to Otway I knew I would like but chuffed that Wickys loved it to.

    Too many great bands to name but highlights include - Steve Earl, the val doonicans, tankus the henge, the dohl foundation, the proclaimers grace petrie, billy bragg and the stranglers

    So much that is good about the festival, not least that it’s local to me! Still bring the motorhome though and have had varying experiences as you’ve tried to accommodate us all! Every year there is something different to experience and each year you try to better the previous years experience! Last year was a venture into a different campsite area. Took some getting used to but got to experience the farm shop more for goodies. The under cover arena facilities have pluses and minuses. Chairs are a pain but also a need if in controlled areas. The music is always great with some bands that show the festival punches above its weight. No downside to the festival from me (except the occasional weather issue! 😉).

    Just being there. Book my ticket for the year after while I am there because I know it will be a great lineup. First and second time seeing Jools was at Wickham though so that was a bit special

    Volunteering and meeting like minded people, Frank Turner last year was just unbelievable.

    I’ve loved all of the festival, been every year and hope to enjoy it for a lot more. Thank you Peter Chegwyn and all the crew xx

    I love paper trains. Generally as a whole, wickham festival is fantastic

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    Back by popular request. The Marching SKAletons will be leading a merry dance around our Festival site as well as performing onstage Saturday lunchtime www.youtube.com/watch?v=fILLCdsUEXQ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Great! Will you be able to sort out the wasp problem! Last year they were everywhere, especially the vip areas. Many thanks Wickham😊

    Looks intriguing 💖 we must have missed them before ... so good to have another chance 🎶

    This years line up just gets better and better. Roll on August !



    Daniel Fell! 😁😁😁

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