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Roger Taylor of Queen joins Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox on stage at Wickham Festival

It was a Kind of Magic as Roger Taylor of Queen brought the third day of the Wickham Festival to a fantastic finish.

The rock legend provided guest vocals for the SAS Band at the end of a rousing set which saw Toyah Willcox, Fish and Madeline Bell perform their own and others’ hits.

There was also a guest slot from Bill Oddie who had earlier given an enlightening talk on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports.

Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor brought some Queen magic to the SAS Band

But it was Taylor who stole the show with Queen hits It’s a kind of Magic and Radio Gaga as well as a special tribute to David Bowie.

The songs came so thick and fast that there was no time for the planned finale but there was more than enough to delight the 5,000-plus fans who had been treated to a sensational warm-up show.

At the end of a chilled afternoon in the hot unbroken sunshine, American country singer Gretchen Peters gave the perfect melodic set. What a voice! It was a true highlight of the whole festival as she played songs from her distinguished 30-year career.

Those relaxing in the sun and letting the music wash over them were abruptly roused as Chas & Dave turned up the volume and the atmosphere.

There was a right old knees-up in the Big Top as the Cockney duo raced through their hits at breakneck speed hardly allowing the crowd to draw breath.

Trevor Horn
Trevor Horn played a superb set

They were followed by the Trevor Horn Band with a special guest slot from X Factor winner Matt Cardle – and what a treat that proved to be!

Even the reality show’s greatest cynics could not have failed to be impressed by his amazing voice. His version of I’m Not in Love – accompanied by 10CC’s Lol Creme – was spine-tingling.

And his vocals and high energy in the powerhouse finale of Relax had the audience cheering their delight at a great talent who proved an unlikely but hugely welcome addition to the festival which still has one day left to run.

And there is a great line-up in store for the Sunday send-off headlined by folk festival favourites Lindisfarne. They are preceded by Hayseed Dixie, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Steeleye Span among many others so get down to the picturesque Hampshire site for an unforgettable day in the sunshine.

Tickets are on sale on the gate at £60 for the day or £40 after 6pm. Children aged 10-16 are half price and under 10’s are admitted free. There is ample free parking.

Pictures courtesy of Paul Brett

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    Great new video of 2019 highlights added to our Wickham YouTube channel today. Thanks to Stuart Barry. Click on the link below to enjoy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMq9zp96SJc ... See MoreSee Less

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    A reminder of our line-up so far for Wickham 2020. Click on the photo to enlarge.

    Wickham Music Festival, when will we know who the remaining headliners are please as family waiting to buy day tickets

    Andrew Rowland, amazing atmosphere and music you will love on one stage or another. xx.

    Couldn't spot us in the video from last year James Cross 😁. (Spotted you though Scott Doonican) 👍

    Seen it and shared to some other motorhome websites.

    Any chance of John Moreland this year ? 😀

    Dale Wesley Calderbank, see if you can spot Steve.

    Have you seen this Noels, Ras Folkster? x

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    It's on days like today that one looks forward to summer. 😀 2020 Wickham Festival 6th-9th Aug. 2020. Have you got your tickets yet? Line-up so far here: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk inc. The Waterboys & Nick Lowe with more headliners to come. Enjoy last summer's video by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERnNnkFHPWI ... See MoreSee Less

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    Completely agree, roll on summer & Wickham Festival 2020.. have got the IOW Festival first however! 😉✌🏻

    Great line-up, at the moment it looks more fun and stronger quality than the Somerset based effort.

    Excellent line-up! Anybody else would be a bonus...

    Can’t come soon enough!!!! ☀️☀️☀️

    Can’t wait

    Can't wait!

    How about Fun Lovin Criminals as Thursday headliners? Their vibe would suit Wickham perfectly.

    Oh, and my guesses for forthcoming announcements are either Big Country (please) or Supergrass - just a thought 😀😀- 179 days 😂😂

    Only if I can see Black Smoke Rebellion again

    Can't wait for Justin Capps and the Cavaliers 😊🤠🥂😘 x x

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    Delighted to announce The Waterboys will headline on Sunday 9th August. Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via this link: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UrXRbMYzD8 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Our line-up so far with more headliners to come

    Fabulous! What another superb booking Wickham! Just bag Mary Chapin Carpenter next and I'll be on top of the world ;)

    I’m over the moon - waited so long to see these!!

    Brilliant, just brilliant, just when you thought it couldn't get much better you pull this one out of the bag! Thank you!

    Whoop whoop whoop ... that is a great addition. It's been such a long time since I have seen them! 💃🎶💖🤩

    Absolutely fantabulous! This is the one I've really been hoping for <3

    So looking forward to the festival again this year and super excited about The Waterboys - such a great live band. Brilliant line-up as always Peter!

    Excellent choice Wickham ❤ Thank you ❤

    Oh brilliant - this years line up just gets better and better 🎵🎵

    Brilliant, Wickham the gift that keeps on Giving 😀

    The Waterboys were amazing at a festival we were playing in France! Can't wait to see them again!

    Omg it gets better. They are amazing !

    Now that is great news. Thanks for confirming Peter.

    Fantastic, brilliant last time I saw them there, thank you

    Looking forward already!! Brilliant!

    Brilliant!!! Cannot wait,going to be a fantastic four days

    This is brilliant- just keeps getting better and better!!- buy that Man a drink!!! 😀😀

    Fantastic! Well done 😀😀😀

    Brilliant haven't seen them for yrs.

    Already got tickets - line up gets better every day x

    Woo hoo fabulous!!☺

    Adam Couchman, Kelly Couchman I need to change my holiday dates. This line up is getting better and better!

    Wonderful news. They were so good last time 👍

    Cat Stevens is at Cambridge and Glasgow, he might like a sidetrip to Wickham?

    Looks like you'll need a weekend ticket x

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    Major Sunday night headliner announcement. Great festival band. Thanks for all the guesses earlier. We can now announce The Waterboys will be headlining Wickham on the Sunday night, 9th August. ... See MoreSee Less

    Major Sunday night headliner announcement.  Great festival band.  Thanks for all the guesses earlier.  We can now announce The Waterboys will be headlining Wickham on the Sunday night, 9th August.

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    Fantastic. How Long Will I Love You was our wedding song 😍

    Well Mike Scott has announced so guessing The Waterboys 👍

    The Waterboys.. 🙂

    Announced 9 years to the day since we saw this... so pleased we were only looking at tickets for Guildford 😊

    I do hope it’s not 10cc again, or The Proclaimers ........I’ve got my fingers crossed for Stiff Little Fingers, The Members,or The Undertones.

    If it is the Waterboys put it in the contract that they must play All Of The Moon. They headlined Larmer Tree in 2002 and refused to play it the muppets! A couple of years later Dexys refused to play Come On Eileen. What's the matter with these guys? These are the songs that made them successful and rich and that punters want to hear. Hope it is the Waterboys and they're over the ego problem now 🥴

    I've seen the announcement on their FB page! Sooooooooo excited!!! Well done Wickham Festival! 🙂

    Fantastic! And announced an hour after booking our tickets. I think you should expect a rush. (Is it a too early to get our place in the crowd?)

    Yes that's what I said Fi. Brilliant line up and the Waterboys.🤩x

    The Waterboys! Very excited about that! 😊

    I had to double check the name of the Goat Roper Rodeo Band as it’s a bit hard to squint at on my phone! What a great lineup.

    Yippee! Have to come now. Thanks Peter - best booking ever....

    Already seen on their website, amazing! ♥️

    Can’t believe you have got them back again. Brilliant. On the down side I will probably have to bring my wife on Sunday now 😂

    Oh no Linda Maunder!, it looks as if we'll just going to have to go again this year! 😁x

    Brilliant news!

    The phrase 'From Strength to Strength' springs to mind Peter. Great line-up!!

    Looks amazing must start saving x

    Waterboys levellers bluebells.

    One of the above three!!!

    It's deffo the Waterboys

    Is that all the headliners announced now?

    Will Pursey another great line up

    Get in there!

    Julia - this is better xx

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