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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    We're pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham. Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of 'sport'. ... See MoreSee Less

    Were pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham.  Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of sport.

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    The Campaign has been in all the national newspapers this week. There's a great article by Lorraine Kelly in today's Sun.

    It’s hard to look at pictures of these senseless killings, and so easy to walk past a stall such as this when enjoying our musical freedoms at your wonderful festival. But these beautiful creatures now have no freedom and we applaud your stance on trying to do something to stop this appalling animal trophy tourism. Wickham will always be our favourite festival. 👏

    We'll be visiting the stall. Excellent, thank you Wickham xxx

    Well done wickham

    We will definitely be visiting the stall!

    Even putting cruelty, suffering and animal loss to one side. Is this now morally acceptable behaviour? No, it isn’t. We are but guests on this planet and will be gone eventually but while we are here is this really how we should be treating the only home we have?

    We'll see you there... this is despicable

    Great cause. Take a look at this recent senseless killing of a magnificent elephant that we are trying raise awareness of too: Desert Elephants & Friends Voortrekker the Desert Elephant

    Will do.

    Baffles me how beastly people can hold down a relationship and I cant ...I don't even kill animals then gloat lovingly over their lifeless corpses... maybe I'm going about things wrong...!

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    Aug. 1st-4th. Less than two weeks to go. Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see who's playing when. Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added. Hope you've got your tickets - they're selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    Aug. 1st-4th.  Less than two weeks to go.  Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see whos playing when.  Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added.  Hope youve got your tickets - theyre selling fast.

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    Can’t wait as love this festival, one thing I would ask is have you sorted the issue of entrances and exits to the stages/ tents being blocked by camping chairs as last year was an accident waiting to happen.

    Looking forward to our fourth consecutive year this year 👍. We've had torrential rain and mud (2017 or was it 2016?) and we've had scorching sunshine (2018). Whatever the weather we'll be there and having a fabulous time ⛺️☂️😎🌞🍹🍻🎹🎸🎪

    Fingers crossed the weather improves! We'll still have fun anyway, but come on the sunshine!

    See you there! 😎

    Found it eventually on a link to Clashfinder right at the bottom of the page.

    Keifer and lindesfarne overlapping, what shall I do

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    One of the world's finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out 'The Game Revisited'. Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football. ... See MoreSee Less

    One of the worlds finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out The Game Revisited.  Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football.

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    Richard Hall

    Helen Haigh this is a must!

    Andy Whittingham

    Do you have a time and venue please ⚽ ♥ 🎶 ♥

    Bet Helen can’t wait!

    Elizabeth Bailey ?

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