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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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    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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