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The Stranglers and Bruce Foxton turn back the clock at Wickham Festival

No more heroes any more? Try telling that to 5,000 fans who rocked to the sound of the Stranglers at Wickham Festival.

It was as though the clock had been turned back 40 years to the explosion of the punk scene as Wickham welcomed two major forces from that golden age.

Baz Warne
Baz Warne gets Wickham rocking

The Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam performed all their big hits at a blistering pace to show they have lost none of their trademark energy.

View highlights of the day here.

Bruce Foxton, one of the founder members of the Jam, made the hairs on the neck stand up with his distinctive bass underlying some of the most iconic anthems of the movement.

Then the Stranglers picked up the pace and brought the second night to a thundering finale with a string of top tunes from Peaches, No More Heroes and Something Better Change to Walk on By, Golden Brown and – fittingly for this festival – Always the Sun.

Bruce Foxton
Bruce Foxton’s bass is as iconic as ever

Before that the crowd enjoyed a wonderful day of music from the likes of veteran Roy Bailey, the lively Slim Chance and the authentic voice of Dublin Lynched who held the fans spellbound with their raw and real material.

The day was kicked off by outstanding newcomers Winters Hill who formed the band while attending this festival as fans four years ago.  For them it was a dream come true to play the main stage and if this set was anything to go by they will be higher on the bill in future years. If you missed them, catch them on the Quay West Cave at 7.30 on Sunday evening.

But we are still only halfway through. Still to come are two days of fantastic music in a chilled, family-friendly atmosphere and in probable golden sunshine.

Winters Hill
Winters Hill look to have a big future

On Saturday night X Factor winner Matt Cardle will be guesting for the Trevor Horn Band also featuring Lol Creme of 10CC followed by the SAS Band starring Roger Taylor of Queen, Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox. Other top attractions include Chas & Dave and outstanding country star Gretchen Peters with the ever popular Oysterband headlining the wildlife Stage.

Television entertainer, artist, comic and conservationist Bill Oddie will be giving a talk for the League Against Cruel Sports at 3pm before joining the SAS Band on stage.

The Stranglers
The Stranglers performed a powerful set

And Sunday brings folk festival favourites Lindisfarne, Hayseed Dixie, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Steeleye Span among many others so get down to the picturesque Hampshire site for an unforgettable weekend.

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.

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    A new song from Scott of The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican which will be released as a single this coming Friday. Buy it on Bandcamp on Friday and Bandcamp will waive their fees so 100% of fans money goes to the artists. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzQ_h2M8Hi4 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Just brilliant 😍🤩😍

    Thanks so much you lovely peeps xxx

    Great work Scott, that is brilliant !!

    😂😂 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

    Yessss 💪🏼

    Let's hope so.

    Sometimes feels hard to believe.. 😔

    🙏👏👏👏👏👍😎🍻🤘🙏🥂🙏🥂 xxx

    So are football teams only playing 5 a side?

    Sue Drawbridge ❤️❤️❤️

    Leanne Marie Greenwood

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

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    A lovely little video showing our recent drive-in picnic concert with Show of Hands plus a look ahead to next summer's Wickham Festival. 2021 tickets now onsale at 2020 prices via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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

    2021 tickets available at 2020 prices for a limited period via this link www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Yay, twice in the background with Tim, Lizzie and Yvonne

    Great gig!

    Anneliese Rowland Lewis Gunter we're famous

    Charli 😍

    Does a weekend ticket cover Thursday aswell?

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