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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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    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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    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 πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

    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.πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³

    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. πŸ˜‚

    Yay - you just keep giving πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    Fantastic!!!

    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!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Annie πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

    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!

    Great!

    Yay! Looking forward to catching up Jon Dyer ❀️

    Looks like they will certainly entertain.

    Yes!

    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 πŸ₯°

    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. πŸ˜Žβ˜”πŸŒžπŸ€ 

    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. πŸ˜πŸ‘

    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! πŸ˜‰).

    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 πŸ’– we must have missed them before ... so good to have another chance 🎢

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

    Fab!

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    Daniel Fell! 😁😁😁

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