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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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    Excellent Festival planning meeting on Sunday in the gloriously sunny garden of the Kings Head pub in Wickham. The Festival is ON, the planning is going well, tickets are selling like hotcakes, and we're looking forward to August! 😃 ... See MoreSee Less

    Excellent Festival planning meeting on Sunday in the gloriously sunny garden of the Kings Head pub in Wickham.  The Festival is ON, the planning is going well, tickets are selling like hotcakes, and were looking forward to August! 😃Image attachment

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    Tickets bought...first time for me after the cancellation of 2000Trees and Cambridge FF ...and seeing this fantastic line up, so many of my fav bands, particularly Nick Parker Megson, Seth Lakeman and Gaz Brookfield - can't wait !

    Thank you all! 👏🎶i we cannot wait to be at wickham once again!

    Great news.

    Hi , Are you still taking applications for bands ? Thanks

    Every time you put something on here it causes me to have a virtual bag pack 😃. Can't wait🎵

    Fantastic

    Must find out what I did with last year's tickets

    I recognise that garden Rebecca Wolage Jeremy Pereira Rich Pereira Claire Pereira.

    Sue Waight Di Carter

    Huzzah!

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    The SAS Band (Spike's All-Stars) will be at Wickham on Thursday 5th August feat. Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel); Graham Gouldman (10cc); Tom Robinson; Toyah; Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) & more. Tickets www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Not missing this. Tickets booked 👍

    Love the SAS Band and working at the Wickham Music Festival so double happy. Can't wait.

    Great festival. 😁

    Sue Bladon Marcia Brogan ... so looking forward to our Hampshire & Wickham Festival outing ... fingers crossed Mel C might rock up with the SAS band to make my day!! 💜

    That'll be ace! (Did I mention The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York?????........not to be missed either).

    Can’t wait- it’s been too long!

    Jamie Moses ?

    Can’t wait to see them x

    No Roger Taylor?

    Can't wait!

    Do you think Toyah will bring Robert?

    Fingers crossed this doesn't happen here Peter......

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    We're looking forward to welcoming Van Morrison to Wickham on Saturday 7th August 2021. Tickets selling fast.
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    Snooze.. but Slambovian Circus of Dreams !!!!! Wowser,, good call Pete XX !!!!!

    Dave Murray

    Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Safe, relaxed & friendly. The ideal summer staycation! Save £40 on 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Safe, relaxed & friendly.  The ideal summer staycation!  Save £40 on 4-day weekend season tickets if you book now.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Looking forward to this, great festival and line up.

    Sounds good! Would love to see Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, the South, amongst others 👍🏻

    I saw The Waterboys at Hurtwood Park a couple of years ago.. they were brilliant.

    Great work Wickham - see you in the summer!

    What’s the covid passport status of the event?

    Great festival and right on our doorstep! \😁/

    Got weekend ticket, tee shirt 2021. Bring on August

    Sam Jefferies I wanna go to this if I'm not gigging myself. I've seen Van Morrison live very good. Also it's on around my birthday

    I like Van Morrison! 😁

    Stanley Jordan! That'll blow a few minds.

    John Otway blimey, last time I saw him I was 18.. (60 now)

    Gemma Noakes shall we get tickets?

    So looking forward to this.

    Will you have the 2 metre distancing rule in place???

    Got tickets🥳

    Wickham has a great line-up this year.

    Which artists are appearing which days ?

    Love Van the Man. Saw him many years ago at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Fab ! It's a great line up too.

    Something to look forward to😎

    What are weekend season tickets?

    Wow! Van Morrison, The Waterboys AND Nick Lowe. Bring it on 😃😃😃

    Not forgetting The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York State? (www.slambovia.com)

    and amazing The Slambovian Circus of Dreams !! good call Peter !!!

    Can’t wait for the big day 😊🍺🎶

    Looking forward to going.

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    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening. Won't be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again. Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening.  Wont be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again.  Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Bought our rhubarb cider direct from Lilleys last year. Bloody lovely

    I’ve arranged a heatwave

    Jayne MW Michael Dickinson Lauren Burton We should do something like this 🤣🤣🤣

    Fab fammily festival

    Can’t wait 🍻

    Salud 😎🍻🎶

    Pam Smart what are we wearing?

    Pauline Whiteman

    Can't wait. So looking forward to it.

    Looking forward to it 1😊

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