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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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    😂😂 fabulous!

    Love it!

    The Barstewards were a real highlight of last year - look forward to watching their nonsense again in 2021!

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    Line-Up Announcement! Of the 55 acts booked for Wickham 2020 before Covid arrived, 52 are now confirmed for Wickham 2021. They include the wonderful Nick Lowe seen in this special lockdown video with the Southsea Alternative Choir.
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    P.S. The three 2020 acts still to be confirmed for 2021 are The Local Honeys, Gaz Brookfield and Leo Sayer. We're waiting to hear if they're available next August. If they are, we'll be booking them as well.

    If the Fitzgerald Family are touring UK at festival time, you should certainly book them.

    Fingers crossed.... Larmer Tree already cancelled for next year ????

    Any plans to book a headline act for the Friday night ?

    Fantastic news! 🎶

    Hope Leo Sayer confirms.

    Great news!

    Gaz Broomfield is ace

    Yey!!! Go Wickham!!!

    Are the Troublenotes booked again please?

    Love this announcement. Love this video - can we get the Choir to join Nick on stage for this classic song??

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    🎼🎸We had our own Wickham at home, although since it would never be quite the same, called it BasyFest 2K20. We camped for 2 nights, had a Bar, Main Stage, and our very own Cheezy Vinyl Bar as well as wrist bands, tickets, programmes etc. We had a great time! 🎹🎶🎻🎷

    In the meantime we have all those lovely CD's of some famous and some obscure bands brought back from festival music stands to play and enjoy. I am listening to the Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican right now, what a show those guys put on bloody hilarious, the record brings it all back! Cara Dillon next for me. Love browsing the music stall at Wickham and always bring home a fistful of discs 😁

    I really hope so. I’m not the only one feeling a little bereft after a summer of no festivals I’m sure

    And we my friend are going to be at all !! U know this no more watching the world go by! One life live it and We will together my amazing friend !! Can’t wait to enjoy life with u again u deserve it !!! Xxx

    Larmer Tree has already cancelled 2021 which is both ominous and depressing. 😕

    I soo missed going to the festival

    I hope so. Festivals this summer are the things I have missed most this year 🙁

    Completely agree!

    Absolutely can't wait for all that good stuff to come back again

    Can't wait.... outside music is awesome x

    We will be there covid willing!

    Can't bloody wait! 😍

    Andie Merc cannot wait till we can do this again missed our festivals this year

    I do hope so.

    Looking forward to dancing for you again next year 😀

    One day but we can still go hunting omg

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    Let's hope so.

    Sometimes feels hard to believe.. 😔

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    Sue Drawbridge ❤️❤️❤️

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    You won’t ever get it back if you don’t stop complying 🤷🏼‍♂️

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    Brilliant effort!!! Sounds amazing! We want to play too 😁👍🏻 what a great vibe x

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    Great gig!

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    Charli 😍

    Does a weekend ticket cover Thursday aswell?

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