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Richard Thompson to Close Wickham Festival 2018

Folk legend Richard Thompson has been announced as the first headline act for the 2018 Wickham Festival.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, Thompson will close the four-day event on Sunday August 5 with his electric trio.

He has been described by the Los Angeles times as the “finest rock songwriter since Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” winning the prestigious Ivor Novello award in 2011 and earning an OBE.

Equally adept on both electric and acoustic guitars, the founding member of Fairport Convention has been included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 guitarists of all-time.

The three remaining headliners are set to be announced soon adding to a strong line-up which already includes the Undertones, Tom Robinson, Kate Rusby and perennial favourites the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are delighted Richard Thompson has agreed to headline. He is one of the most iconic musicians on the scene and someone who is regularly requested by our fans.

“His unique style and wide catalogue of songs will provide the perfect end to what we are sure will be another very successful event.

“We are close to finalising some other exciting major acts which will be very popular and we also have a very strong programme both in the Big Top and on the other stages.

“Bookings are already going exceptionally well partly on the back of last year’s hugely successful event and partly on the back of our reputation for always delivering a great line-up with a fantastic atmosphere.”

Weekend tickets are currently on sale at £120 with Under 16’s admitted half price and Under 10’s gaining free admission. A weekend camping pass is £30 and parking is free. Click here to buy.


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2 crackers to start with 🎉

I fort they cost to much

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I saw him at the Gaumont in 1979!! I’m so old...

Did anyone see Tom Robinson in the CD tent at this year's festival proudly wearing his 'B*ll*cks to Brexit' badge?

My first live gig. The Gaumont (now Mayflower) in Southampton in the late 70s

-didn’t know he was a musician

Saw him in Brighton in a relatively small venue in ‘78 - came out and wrung my shirt out! The whole place was pogoing, we were so tightly packed in there was no choice once it started. Bloody brilliant!! Still rates as the most exciting gig I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot over the years. Looking forward to Saturday!!

The Undertones are playing in Southampton next year too 😊

We are going because we saw him at our first Wickham Festival which was this year!!

Everyone you must go saw him a week ago in Brighton. Absolutely amazing.

We’re seeing him at a concert in Emsworth next May 😄

See ya there!


Yahoo - were going Louise Carver💛☺

I remember buying this album. It came with a free stencil, which consequently got used with spray paint on a lot of walls 😂😂 #upagainstthewall

Typical! I’m away this weekend so can’t go

Would love to but have to be else where, he is good as relevant now as he was in the winter of 79

Thank God it's Tom Robinson not Tommy Robinson 😃😃😃

Hayley Mallett this is not fair lol

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