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.

Ouch

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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    We're pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham. Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of 'sport'. ... See MoreSee Less

    Were pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham.  Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of sport.

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    The Campaign has been in all the national newspapers this week. There's a great article by Lorraine Kelly in today's Sun.

    It’s hard to look at pictures of these senseless killings, and so easy to walk past a stall such as this when enjoying our musical freedoms at your wonderful festival. But these beautiful creatures now have no freedom and we applaud your stance on trying to do something to stop this appalling animal trophy tourism. Wickham will always be our favourite festival. 👏

    We'll be visiting the stall. Excellent, thank you Wickham xxx

    Well done wickham

    We will definitely be visiting the stall!

    Even putting cruelty, suffering and animal loss to one side. Is this now morally acceptable behaviour? No, it isn’t. We are but guests on this planet and will be gone eventually but while we are here is this really how we should be treating the only home we have?

    We'll see you there... this is despicable

    Great cause. Take a look at this recent senseless killing of a magnificent elephant that we are trying raise awareness of too: Desert Elephants & Friends Voortrekker the Desert Elephant

    Will do.

    Baffles me how beastly people can hold down a relationship and I cant ...I don't even kill animals then gloat lovingly over their lifeless corpses... maybe I'm going about things wrong...!

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    Aug. 1st-4th. Less than two weeks to go. Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see who's playing when. Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added. Hope you've got your tickets - they're selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    Aug. 1st-4th.  Less than two weeks to go.  Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see whos playing when.  Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added.  Hope youve got your tickets - theyre selling fast.

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    Can’t wait as love this festival, one thing I would ask is have you sorted the issue of entrances and exits to the stages/ tents being blocked by camping chairs as last year was an accident waiting to happen.

    Looking forward to our fourth consecutive year this year 👍. We've had torrential rain and mud (2017 or was it 2016?) and we've had scorching sunshine (2018). Whatever the weather we'll be there and having a fabulous time ⛺️☂️😎🌞🍹🍻🎹🎸🎪

    Fingers crossed the weather improves! We'll still have fun anyway, but come on the sunshine!

    See you there! 😎

    Found it eventually on a link to Clashfinder right at the bottom of the page.

    Keifer and lindesfarne overlapping, what shall I do

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    One of the world's finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out 'The Game Revisited'. Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football. ... See MoreSee Less

    One of the worlds finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out The Game Revisited.  Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football.

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    Richard Hall

    Helen Haigh this is a must!

    Andy Whittingham

    Do you have a time and venue please ⚽ ♥ 🎶 ♥

    Bet Helen can’t wait!

    Elizabeth Bailey ?

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