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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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    Many thanks to our Festival Patron, Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation, for this great video of their stunning performance at Wickham 2021. In response to numerous requests we hope to have The Dhol Foundation back at Wickham next summer.
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    They are absolutely wonderful! They should definitely be there every year 😍🤩😍

    When Johnny came back on for the drum off with Show of Hands was also a special moment

    I swear he's the happiest man in music. It's the one thing you enjoy being contagious. 😁

    Loved every moment. Brilliant.

    Love them. Got to be a Wickham constant 🙏

    When are we going to get our 2022 replacement tickets?

    Absolutely Amazing 🥰🌹🌹🌹🥰

    They’re excellent!! 👌🏻

    Love it !

    Best thing there!!

    The Best 👏👍❤

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    Great photo of Lindisfarne's Rod Clements performing at this year's Wickham Festival. Have you any photos of artists at this year's event? Please feel free to share them. ... See MoreSee Less

    Great photo of Lindisfarnes Rod Clements performing at this years Wickham Festival.  Have you any photos of artists at this years event?  Please feel free to share them.

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    'Earlybird' season tickets for Wickham 2022 selling fast. Buy B4 the end of September for just £37.50 a day with no added booking fees. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

    Not an artist, but Van Morrison's roadie making the Man a cuppa, midway during his set. Not sure what's in the bottle though.

    The fella who fiddles, what a performance by Steve Wickham, Liam and Peter 💚

    The very talented Fugitive Orchestra.

    The genius that is Mr Wood ☺

    The great Cregan & Co.

    Not to mention Mr Simpson

    The amazing Seth Lakeman

    Harrison Rhys Music on the acoustic stage

    when are the first artists being announced ?

    The litterpickers and mud.

    Van the Man

    We posted a cheque but no email as yet!

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