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Record-breaking Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn has hailed this year’s record-breaking event as the best yet.

Box office records were smashed with more than 25,000 people flocking to the picturesque site to see the Proclaimers, 10cc, Billy Bragg and 80 other acts over four gloriously sunny days.

Never too young to rock at Wickham Festival
Never too young to rock at Wickham Festival

 

The hot weather saw fans drink the site dry with beer running out just before last orders on the final night – and the event has already received a record number of bookings for next year.

Chegwyn said: “This has been a record-breaking festival in every sense. It has easily been our best year – the question now is how do we top it?

“We have broken all box office records, the traders did great business, we have record renewals for next year and we even drank the bar dry – and yet there was still not a hint of trouble or rowdy behaviour.

“This is the most successful festival I have run in 25 years. The new VIP area was a big success and all the car parks and campsites were full. It has truly been a bumper year.

“We were blessed with glorious weather which makes a big difference. It is almost as though someone was smiling on us this year.young

“We have had a fantastic reaction from the fans. We have had huge crowds and they have loved it. Once again, we have had no crime and no problems.

“People must have enjoyed it because so many have already booked for next year before they even know the line-up. But they know the atmosphere will be just as good and they trust us to have a good bill.

“That is a real vote of confidence but it is the reason why fans come back year after year. For many people it is the highlight of their year and from my point of view it is wonderful to see so many smiling faces.”

Rock legend Tom Robinson said: “It has been a fantastic festival and I am delighted for Peter Chegwyn who is truly a legend in this area. He is a one-off and people are very lucky to have him.

“The atmosphere here is wonderful and the reaction from the fans was amazing. I was quite moved by it.”

Tom Robinson rocking at Wickham Festival
Tom Robinson rocking at Wickham Festival

Craig Reid from the Proclaimers added: “This is the third time we have been to this event and we love it. It has a great feel about the place and people just have the best time.”

Steve Harley raised the canvas of the Big Top with a rousing version of Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) and said: “That was a fantastic reaction from the fans, definitely one of the best. They really got it and it is a wonderful feeling to see them respond in that way.”

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The event was also good for the village with business booming as fans stocked up with supplies or sampled the local wares.

Chegwyn added: “This festival has really put Wickham on the map. Now we are becoming well known we have top acts asking to play here rather than us chasing them.

“And it has been great for business locally. The site is perfectly placed because it is in a picturesque rural setting yet just 10 minutes walk from the pretty village so the shops have done a roaring trade.

“Wickham is the little village with big ideas and we have had a lot of positive feedback from people all around the world. We pride ourselves on our friendly, family feel – and once again we have delivered.”

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Wickham Festival priced just £100 for a weekend ticket, (a saving of £50 if booked before the end of August) from The Festival Office, 51 Russell Street, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 3JD. (Cheques payable to ‘Wickham Festivals Ltd’. Please enclose an s.a.e.). Or click here

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    Great News! Van Morrison is confirmed for next year's Wickham Festival. Saturday 7th August 2021. Please 'Share' the news. If you've not already got your tickets, they're onsale now via this link (and selling fast): www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Great News!  Van Morrison is confirmed for next years Wickham Festival.  Saturday 7th August 2021.  Please Share the news.  If youve not already got your tickets, theyre onsale now via this link (and selling fast):  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Brilliant news. Van is my all time favourite xx

    Brilliant news! And will surely lead to a sell out! 😀

    It's my birthday too so great reason for a double celebration!

    I just cannot think that far ahead! XX

    I like it, I like it a lot !!

    Niall John?

    Well done Peter et al. If you were going to lose anyone between now and 2021 it was going to be the bigger acts that might already have had tours lined up. You're doing a wonderful job, as ever, in the face of something that must have been so disappointing and costly :-( for you x

    Good news was really looking forward to seeing him. Great work going on behind the scenes as always by Peter and the team.

    Anne Collins I know next year will be the last thing on your mind, right now, but this was the festival I was planning on this year. All of us next year?! X

    Excellent!! Well done! Was really hoping you could hang onto him.

    See you next year then. Lots of love Edward II. Xx

    On my birthday too - Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance

    Great news. Well done.😀😎😎

    That’s some good news!

    So excited to finally get to see him 😎😎

    Brilliant we’ll definitely be there x

    So pleased to hear this! 😍

    Marvellous news!!!!

    Wonderful news. See you then.

    A lovely Happy birthday present for me ☺

    Fantastic news - can’t wait to see Van the man !

    He is one of my favourites

    That's great news 😀 👍

    Amazing news!

    Fantastic ❤️

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    Thank you so much for all your love & support over the past 24 hours. We really do appreciate it. We'll see you all in 2021 to enjoy the likes of The Waterboys - they've confirmed today that they'll be at Wickham on Sunday 8th August 2021. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UrXRbMYzD8 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Saving my ticket and looking forward to seeing the wonderful Mike Scott! 😍

    No clash with Cropredy weekend, so should be good for us too. Might still take up our 2 nights at the Shedfield Country Club and explore the Meon Valley a bit more, this year.

    Whooohooo. That's a bloody good start to next year's line up. So sorry not to be there this year but we're really happy that we already have our tickets and they'll roll over <3

    Looking forward to seeing you all next year xxx

    Looking forward to kicking off 2021 festival with SAS Band!! 👍

    I will be there to steward😊🚩

    Saving ours for 2021 🤘👍

    Keeping ours safe for next year.😊

    Looking forward to 2021. Let’s hope Van is still good to be there.

    It’s going to be brilliant! X

    When can you purchase tickets for 2021??

    O yes

    Hi. I have a weekend ticket but also got my wife a day ticket to see the Waterboys. As they are now on a different day next year to I have to refund this year’s day ticket and get her a new one or is the one I have transferable to Sunday next year? Cheers

    Roll over for me, gutted to not be having the festival this year.

    Fantastic! ❤️

    Steve Kemp

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    2021 tickets now onsale at 2020 prices. If you've yet to buy, save £40 on weekend season tickets if you buy now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    We tried everything we could to get this year's Wickham Festival on but sadly we're forced to postpone to 2021. The good news is that all this year's artists are being re-booked for next year. Please click on statement below to enlarge and read. ... See MoreSee Less

    We tried everything we could to get this years Wickham Festival on but sadly were forced to postpone to 2021.  The good news is that all this years artists are being re-booked for next year.  Please click on statement below to enlarge and read.

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    We are very sad to hear your news Peter. I know from the updates that you and your team worked hard to put on a show this year for everyone. We would have supported you had the festival gone on this year. You will come back stronger next year once things are back to normal in the world. X

    Thank you for keeping us informed right the way through. We are disappointed, of course, but feel that the right decision has been made. We are delighted that the same line-up will be at next summer’s festival. Thank you so much for organising it and we will definitely roll over our tickets and Motorhome camping ticket and look forward to next year’s festival. Thank you all for your hard work and the way you have involved us at every stage. It is much appreciated.

    I really wanted to come this year for the first time as the lineup looked so good but I was nervous about buying tickets under the circumstances. I think it’s the right decision to postpone and will definitely buy tickets for next year.

    Saddened to hear this decision, however, I believe its the best thing to do. We were in turmoil as to whether we should attend if you did go ahead. Here's to next year, keeping my tickets safe. Thank you for the update... Now go enjoy a well deserved break, xx 😊

    Thank you. For us this was the right decision. If it had gone ahead and as someone who has been in the high risk zone it felt too early to come and mix however careful you were being. Happy to roll tickets over to 21.

    Well done to all the team for persevering with this and trying to organise a fantastic festival for us. We all appreciate the effort you all put in and appreciate this can’t have been an easy decision..However, let’s all look forward to a fantastic festival next year..I for one can’t wait!

    A tough decision to make but in the current climate feel it's the right one. Thank you for all your time and effort giving this year's festival every chance to go ahead, see you in 2021

    It’s a real shame for you all but it will be something to look forward to next year. Too soon to be safe. I am sorry that your plans have been scuppered but hopefully everyone will keep their tickets for the superb line up and we’ll all be there with bells on next summer. Best wishes. X 👏

    Thank you for keeping us informed all the way. We will most definitely be there next year. Tough decision you guys had to make, but I agree it is the right decision. Much love team Wickham xxx

    So sad, no festival has tried harder to keep the faith....................Here's to next year!!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊😊

    Thanks so much Peter and everyone for working so hard to try to make the festival happen this year. Would have loved it to happen but absolutely understand your decision. See you in 2021.

    This announcement, whilst disappointing is both completely understandable and more evidence (as if we needed it) as to why this is the best and most public centered festival in the UK. We will be more than happy to support you and keep our tickets for next year. Keep up the great work...

    We hadn't booked for this year, but glad we didn't miss it as the lineup looks great! Going to see if my husband agrees to booking tickets for next year! 🤞🏻

    So, so sorry. You tried as hard as you possibly could. Thank you for all of your efforts. Stay well & safe & we will see you next year 😢♥️

    Wow...for once everyone is in agreement that the correct decision has been made, there’s a first on Facebook! Well done to all the team who put so much effort in staging the festival. See you in 2021!

    That has to be the right decision given what (little) we now know. Have been really impressed by the communications from Wickham over the past few months, really felt we've been kept in the loop, and have some understanding of the difficult decisions you've been having to make on our behalf. The line up this year was really exciting, we look forward to our annual fix of Celtic bands, so it's great that it's just been delayed by a year and the lineup will be unchanged. We'll certainly hold onto our tickets for next year, as I'm sure will most other ticket holders.

    Happy to roll over to 2021, you did your best but unfortunately this virus has wrecked so much of what is good in life.

    Such a shame - but a sensible decision in these ever-changing circumstances! Our group will be rolling over our tickets :D

    Correct decision, we are so pleased that the acts we were so looking forward to seeing will be there next year. See you all next year keep safe everyone...

    It would have been even more heartbreaking and costly if you'd put everything in place and had to cancel at the last minute. With the ever changing situation just now, I'm sure this is the right decision to have made. I know you'll be making sure that 2021 is even better than ever. I for one am already looking forward to it.

    Thanks for trying, but at the end of the day it's the right decision. We'd already decided not to come, being wary of being in a large crowd, albeit at a certain social distance. We will, however look forward to August 2021 and a great party. If Glasto can have a year off, so can Wickham.

    Well done for , holding out and diligently exploring all options to keep show on the road

    Clearly a difficult decision, but I think it’s the right one. Even without the Leicester lockdown, you hit the nail on the head with point 2 - there would always be the risk of legislation; things have been changing weekly and daily, so committing yourselves would be high risk.

    Genuinely gutted for you Peter, I know how incredibly hard you and your team have worked. We'll just have to make 2021 an even bigger party. Until then, stay safe and good luck with the preparations. Love from The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican xxx

    Sad, but it's the right decision, only what we've all been expecting. See you next year x

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    Thankyou. Love Beans, will miss him this year!

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