Wickham Festival News

The Wickham Festival 2018 site build story in pictures

The excitement is really starting to build at our festival site and morale couldn’t be more positive for this weekend. Wickham Festival kicks off at 4:30pm this Thursday and according to the BBC web site it’s going to be a weekend of sunshine just as we welcome Alistair Russell to kick things off.

Just as a forecast of wall-to-wall sunshine begins our speakers will be switched on as the clouds fade for Wickham Festival 2018!

Preparations this week have all gone to plan and run ahead of schedule. The heavens opened last Sunday as if to order to help soften the ground enough for us to get rid of ruts. For those of you not following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram here’s how we’ve been progressing…

Friday 27th July – installing £20,000 worth of temporary roadway to ensure easy access

We know many of you remember the muddy start encountered on Thursday last year and we promised we’d get a plan in place to make improvements.  Along with a new entrance directly off the Winchester Road for the tented camping fields to improve traffic entering the site we’ve got much more temporary roadway.

Our Main Stage 1 – The Valley Stage will welcome some incredible artists this year, we think it’s our best ever line up with the likes of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, The South, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, Squeeze, John Illsley of Dire Straits, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio all taking to this stage.

Saturday 28th July – Main Stage 1 – The Valley Stage is up

For 2018 we’ve upgraded our Main Stage 2 – The Village Stage … it’s bigger and better!  It’s impossible to please everyone and we appreciate both sides of the argument with regard to people bringing chairs.  Our plan is to not allow chairs into this marquee as we’ve scheduled the livelier bands for this stage.  This includes The Dhol Foundation, Mad Dog Mcrea, Police Dog Hogan, Black Kat BoppersGaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, Ferocious Dog, The Undertones, and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Sunday 29th July – Main Stage 2 – The Village Stage is up

Talking of The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, as if by magic they’ll be performing on Kilt Sunday this year.

The Wickham 2017 tartan army looking fabulous. Remember to pack your kilt for Sunday.

What was a typical looking Hampshire field just a few days ago is starting to look like a festival site…

Sunday 29th July – Somewhere across a field there’s a festival taking shape

Our camping fields are in ideal condition and all ready for you lovely people to make it your home this weekend…

Monday 30th July – What’s missing here?
Monday 30th July – that’s right … glamping tents is just what this field needed

This year we’ve over 20 real ales and ciders for the weekend, mainly from independent local Hampshire breweries including Bowmans and Itchen Valley.

Monday 30th July – Real Ale Tent waiting for its beers
Tuesday 31st July – We’ve even got a bandstand this year!

You won’t go thirsty at this weekend’s Wickham Festival … we’ve lots of bars around our festival site.

Tuesday 31st July – Stubbs McGee’s purpose-built pub in our Backstage VIP Area is erected. This is thirsty work!

It wouldn’t be right to have Wickham without the ever popular Moose Bar.  After a busy week we’re all looking forward to when the pumps get connected.

Tuesday 31st July – A little way to go but with only two days to go The Moose Bar is in full construction.

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    1st-4th Aug.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Save £30 per ticket if you book now via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk  Frank Turner; Level 42; The Proclaimers; Graham Nash; Judy Collins; Kiefer Sutherland; Ralph McTell; Gilbert OSullivan; Lucinda Williams; Afro Celt Sound System; Alabama3; Lindisfarne & many, many more.

     

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    Briony Louise is this a possibility?

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    Great news for campers! We have an extra 28 acres of grassed fields this year with a tarmac access road meaning everyone in caravans & motorhomes as well as in tents can camp on grass this summer. ... See MoreSee Less

    Great news for campers!  We have an extra 28 acres of grassed fields this year with a tarmac access road meaning everyone in caravans & motorhomes as well as in tents can camp on grass this summer.

     

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    Grass or stubble ?

    Ben Livings Adam Curtis no more spiky field! 👍🏼

    Brilliant 👍 I’ve camped and glamped and love both ! Glamping this year, the farm shop is seriously amazing for everything xx

    Cool me and my van wont get stuck then😉

    Excellent news, certainly won't miss the stubble!

    Best news, would still come anyway despite whatever the weather throws at you

    Hurrah 👍😊

    Wonderful news, whoop whoop

    Good news, will come back now, the rain +++++ plus mud year put us off for ever

    Nick Lund Diane Murley Andrew Bowmer didn’t realise there was a risk of not camping on grass! Sorted it seems

    That will be great. Just hope you have put in a few more water taps 🤞

    So disappointed I’m working all weekend this year so unable to attend. Last years was our first. I’m a festival veteran and can honestly say that wickham is one of the best out there. Brilliant weekend

    David Bishop those steps !

    Never been to Wickham festival do they have hookup.

    Yay !

    That's brilliant news. Will be using our new (to us) motorhome this year after 6 Wickham Festivals in a tent and wasn't looking forward to parking on stubble. Grass will be much better. Thank you.

    Yay !!

    And one of the best line ups for years.

    That's brilliant news ! Cracked the front of my caravan last year in that ploughed field 😞

    I recognise those steps. In fact I think I can see my tent!!

    Mixed camping too im hoping

    Great news, Wickham Music Festival, could you please display a map showing location of new camping fields, many thanks.

    Will there be mixed camping -motorhomes and tents together?

    Brilliant! Better than ploughed fields.

    That’s a huge improvement, thanks!

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    Just topped 18,000 page 'Likes'. What a great way to start the week. Thank you one and all. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Just topped 18,000 page Likes.  What a great way to start the week.  Thank you one and all.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

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    Ann Gordon know what you mean! Its the same at all festivals these days!

    Have you got your ticket yet Janet Knightjanet x

    Brilliant festival, looking forward to this August. Booked the tickets as soon as got home from last year's festival and love how the tickets arrived in a Christmas card. Thank you Wickham Music Festival!

    Stephanie Loveridge this ones got a great line up. I think I may be getting me a ticket xx

    I for one ❤ Wickham Festival in every possible way! 😁 Congratulations on the page likes! Well deserved!

    Think I might get it tomorrow when I get paid xx will check my account xx

    It's a great smallish festival, but really needs to be renamed 'Chairfest' 🤪🤣

    Fantastic festival, wonderful music and so brilliantly inclusive - families, children, all ages and abilities and those unable to stand for long periods for whatever reason! Thank you Wickham, you’ve got it just right!

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    Wickham Festival: Thursday 1st August: The Proclaimers + Graham Nash + Judy Collins + Matthew Southern Comfort + Steve Knightley + Skinny Lister & more. Day & Weekend tickets now onsale from www.wickhamfestival.co.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy9GmieAEaQOfficial video of The Proclaimers performing Letter From America from the album This Is The Story. Letter From America is available on 'The Very Best Of The ... ... See MoreSee Less

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    Caitlin Collins THE PROCLAIMERS 😎

    Bex Granger

    Eddie McManus

    The Proclaimers. A local band for local people!

    Stephanie Wickham will you and Rob be there? xx

    Bill Bain

    Leah Pybus I meant this one....

    Really hope you bring back the amazing Levellers soon

    Sunshine on Leath is always spine tingling.....

    Louisa do you want to go with me. Xx

    And us, Shirley Knot

    Carol Leigh

    Any times yet?

    The Proclaimers have put me off. Talentless, tuneless bastards.

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