It was True Gold as Tony Hadley kicked off the Wickham Festival in style last night.
The Spandau Ballet frontman wowed a crowd of around 5,000 with a sensational set of old favourites and new material in an electric atmosphere under the Big Top.
He gave the fans exactly what they wanted in a memorable 90-minute gig which included Through the Barricades as well as True and Gold.
There was Perfect support from Eddi Reader who delivered an enchanting and upbeat set preceded by a lively gig from Blazin Fiddles, plus Kathryn Tickell and Superfolkus with Alistair Russell opening. With the rain holding off, it was a superb start to the four-day fiesta.
But there is still much more entertainment to come – and with the weather set fair for the next three days, it looks like being a fantastic festival.
Friday sees another superb line-up with the Stranglers headlining at 9.30pm preceded by Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam at 7.30.
With three more stages and dozens more excellent acts, there will be plenty of top quality music, not to mention the top quality food, a big array of craft and trade stalls plus a wide range of entertainment for children in a family-friendly, safe environment.
The entertainment keeps on coming with X Factor winner Matt Cardle guesting for the Trevor Horn Band on Saturday followed by the SAS Band starring Roger Taylor of Queen, Fish, Madeline Bell and Toyah Willcox. Other top attractions include Chas & Dave and Oysterband.
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.