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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Yet another great live band confirmed for Wickham 2019. TradArrr will perform on Friday 2nd August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=agGiGpCfybATRAD arrr. NOTTTAMUN TOWN/ PRETTY POLLY live at Cropredy 2015 ... See MoreSee Less

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Now we are talking.. Great band.. Tea towels not bad either !

Brilliant news! Wtg Peter!

Yet another great artist confirmed for this year's Wickham Festival. Singer-songwriter Gordon Haskell will be appearing on Friday 2nd August www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sraxf1U6EITrack taken from live DVD "The Road To Harry's Bar" released in 2005 via Metal Mind Productions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Brilliant addition to an already great line up.

Another great live band confirmed for this year's Wickham Festival. By popular request we're delighted to say that The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican will be appearing at Wickham on Friday 2nd August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwPjEZo-NsY&start_radio=1&list=RDGwPjEZo-NsYThe finale of The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's set live at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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We can't wait. Get your party pants on muddy funsters

If you haven't seen them play live before, you are in for a treat. If I had a pound for everytime I'd seen them, I'd have in excess of £23 by now 😎

Seen a few times & are excellent :- Hilary Cross

about time

Can't see this band too often and a festival is their natural environment 😍😍

Brilliant news.

Izzy Drury Robbie Arnold 🎶

Annette Lawrence


Claire, you will have to watch this band. Brilliant at Cropredy last year! 🙂

Yes yes yes!!!!


Ade Bracewell ??

Sean Carey!! These were the peeps you showed me from beautiful days right???

Anna Doswell it only gets better

Brilliant at Cropredy last year. A great show..and very funny too 😂

They are hilarious!!!! Cx

Excellent news. Just sad that Maart won't be there.

Dale Wesley Calderbank, you'll love these! Watch till the end 😊

Well done Wickham 👍 bostin

New to me. Having watched the clip, we're in for some fun!!

Thats great..... ihope we dont drop the boat like watchet did last year...

I do like a bit of old tyme rap😎😎


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We're just starting to book our food & drink stalls for this year's Wickham Festival. What food would you like to see at Wickham 2019? ... See MoreSee Less

Were just starting to book our food & drink stalls for this years Wickham Festival.  What food would you like to see at Wickham 2019?


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A proper fruit stall, like a market stall as opposed to people selling a single slice of watermelon for £3! So you can buy a bunch of bananas, half a dozen apples, bunch of grapes etc.

Oh, and I think we say this every year, could you please double your order of the rhubarb cider as it always runs out :-D

The cheese on toast guy please

More vegan/healthier options please, as well as Bunnychow

bit more catering for people on diets would be nice but generally very happy with quality and variety on offer

Please can you think about a healthier option? Thanks

Vegan and veggie please and more breaky places 😍 I bloody love the south African chilli stall too

Falafels, vegetarian, vegan would be great.

Really good Mac and cheese would be a hit for us 😃

Twisted Tea Rooms Please!!!

Vegan stalls and Pieminister.😋

Toasted sandwich stall please

Hope the Paellaria is back. Always superb and lovely people

Nearly everything suggested below is carb heavy - lots of us on low carb ways of eating now. Last year there was nothing I could buy that was not carb heavy - be great if there was more choices this year that were not chips, rice, potatoes or bread or pulses.

The sausage and mash guy was brilliant when I last attended!

Pie and mash is always good and cheese on toast please 😁😁

Smoothies & shakes would be good & maybe a fruit stall.

The South African chilli stall, please!

The Pan de Mania pizza people please!

More vegetarian options.

Hit me up with the Bunny Chow!

Also the place that does Thai tapas :)

A good quality pie or cornish pasty stall or a good hog roast.

Bennett’s fish and chips again please! The best fish and chips I’ve ever had at an event! 😋

You did really well with gluten free options last year so, as a coeliac, more of the same would be good. I completely understand the call for vegan too, but my experience of vegan outside catering is that tends to be mutually exclusive with GF :-(

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Another great live band confirmed for Wickham 2019. Skinny Lister will be kicking up a storm on our Village Stage on Thursday 1st August. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjmBoL9fn7QTaken from the album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’, released on Xtra Mile Recordings. Filmed at Club Quattro, Shibuya, Tokyo by OneLungKenny Pre-order Down On ... ... See MoreSee Less

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Oooh, we're seeing them at the 1865 in Southampton in a couple of months. Please tell me you're booking Holy Moly and the Crackersss again as they're supporting Skinny Lister on their tour?

Helen Haigh Ian Haigh I’m so excited, saw them supporting Frank Turner and they were amazing!!! Seeing them at the 1865 in March!

Seeing them at Incider Festival 1-3 Feb in Weston Super Mare


Still adding some top quality stuff here - Beans on Toast by any chance?

EPIC Any news on the Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican?

Matt might have to go for the day x

Yur Mum are v good

They remind me of the Cropdusters another excellent band

Dale Wesley Calderbank

Alex Mulchrone 😲😲

Skinny Lister, seeing them twice this year, don’t mind if I do, great band

Kat Sean 👌👌

Amazing! So excited about this 😍

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