Wickham Festival News

Remarkable recovery for festival site

A superb second day has vindicated the decision not to call off the Wickham Festival.

Unprecedented torrential rain on top of already sodden ground put the four-day event in jeopardy but tireless work by staff ensured the show did go on.

Their dedication and determination paid off as much of the ground dried out overnight enabling the second day to go ahead on schedule and exactly as planned.

Fantastic sets from Fisherman’s Friends, Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands rounded off a day of great music across four stages to send fans home happy.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “It was touch and go for a while on Thursday after we had more than three inches of rain in just a few hours but I am so glad we managed to get the festival on.

“We know it was not ideal on the opening day. There were traffic queues as we tried to get vehicles through the mud and we had to open the gates late because we were spreading straw over the site.

“We are very grateful to the fans for their patience and understanding and that is why I am so delighted the decision to go ahead has been vindicated.

“The ground dried out a lot overnight and we then put down another covering of straw which has held up well and now you would barely know there had been a problem.

“The ground is a little soft under foot in places but it is not churning up and is improving all the time. The car parking is holding up well and we are bringing in big diggers to flatten the mud at the entrance to the caravan and motorhome fields.

“It is a big expense but it should ensure we get everyone out OK at the end of the festival. Again, it shows we are doing all we can.

“But it was worth it all to see so many happy smiling faces. I have had so many people come up to me to say thank you for all the hard work that has gone into making this happen. They can’t quite believe how we have turned things around.

“The weather held up well and of course we had some fantastic music as well as all the other entertainment, the children’s activities and the late-night comedy stage. It has made all the hard work worthwhile.”

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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

    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 were looking forward to August! πŸ˜ƒImage attachment

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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.

    Sue Waight Di Carter

    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 !!!!!

    Dave Murray

    Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Safe, relaxed & friendly. The ideal summer staycation! Save Β£40 on 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Safe, relaxed & friendly.  The ideal summer staycation!  Save Β£40 on 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Looking forward to this, great festival and line up.

    Sounds good! Would love to see Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, the South, amongst others πŸ‘πŸ»

    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?

    Wow! Van Morrison, The Waterboys AND Nick Lowe. Bring it on πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    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. Won't 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 ... See MoreSee Less

    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?

    Pauline Whiteman

    Can't wait. So looking forward to it.

    Looking forward to it 1😊

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