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Tony Hadley looks forward to the Wickham Festival

Spandau Ballet fans may have to wait several more years to see the band in concert again but fans can enjoy their hits at the Wickham Festival.

Lead singer Tony Hadley tops the bill on the opening night (Aug 4) with a promise to play all the crowd-pleasers alongside his solo material at the picturesque Hampshire site.

It means fans will get the best of both worlds, enjoying some new songs as well as classics such as Gold, True and Through the Barricades.

Hadley said: “There may be a couple of new songs but we will be doing all the hits. That’s what people want. You have to remember festivals are a celebration, they are about having a good time.

“It is no good me playing 15 songs off my new album; you have to give the fans what they want to hear.

Tony Hadley
Tony Hadley will be performing his biggest hits at the Wickham Festival

“I have seen people crying during ‘Through the Barricades’ because it brings back so many memories, sometimes painful ones as it is quite a poignant song. And then you see guys cuddling up to their partner during True.

“I never get tired of playing those songs. Why would I? I really don’t understand it when bands don’t play their biggest hits.

“It is mental, suicidal – crazy! I don’t know what gets into artists’ heads when they do that. Why dismiss what got you there?

“If you are a new band, that is different. But if you are an established artist then give the people what they want to hear. I never have a problem with that. We would be shot if we did not do the hits!”

Those, of course, are plentiful with Spandau Ballet an almost permanent fixture in the charts during the New Romantic boom of the early Eighties before a well-publicised split over royalties in 1990.

However in 2009 – to the delight and astonishment of their fans – the band announced they were re-forming for a world tour which sold out within minutes.

It proved so successful that they repeated it in 2015 but fans could face a similar wait for the next reunion.

“It could be four or five years before we get together as Spandau Ballet again – it was last time. We all have our own things to do – but it is great fun when we do get together.

“We have just finished a big tour – and it was big. We went round the world and did a lot of big arenas in the UK which was fantastic.

“When we first re-formed it was amazing to see these big venues selling out in a matter of minutes and it was great to know we still meant so much to people.

“Spandau Ballet is a very different animal to my band. It is much more structured so it is a very different kind of show.

“With my band there are no rules, we just have fun. I can interpret songs differently and it is maybe more relaxed although still polished. With Spandau we have to have a very specific sound which is a whole different ball game.

“We all get on OK now – after that 20-year hate period! It is well documented that we had a massive fall-out but we have recovered from that and we are all very pleased it has happened.

“Of course it is never quite the same as it was – but then you have to remember we were schoolkids when we started out.

Tony Hadley has carved out a successful solo career
Tony Hadley has carved out a successful solo career

“It wasn’t easy to put it all behind us. It took me months to get my head round it, wondering can I do this again? But it has worked out well.

“We had a big reunion tour in 2009/10 and again in 2015. We made a successful film together

“I guess we may well do it again in a few years – but who knows? Any one of us could drop dead – it has been a bad year for losing artists. It is so sad.”

After recently finishing a major world tour with Spandau Ballet, the 56-year-old is enjoying working on his own material which will be released just as soon as he stops adding to it!

“I am still working on my new solo album. I say still working… I thought I had finished it but I keep writing songs!

“I have just written another which we might put as a summer release single – and I have just written one with Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols which is really good. And there are a couple of others on the boil too.

“The idea is to bring out another Christmas album and then release my solo album next spring. And maybe a full orchestral album too. And I have just recorded new song for the Eddie the Eagle movie.

“So things are pretty busy right now with the summer festivals coming up followed by the orchestral concerts.”

This year Hadley will go from one extreme to the other with his live gigs. After playing the homely Wickham Festival (among others) he then plays some autumn dates – including the Royal Albert Hall – with a 50-piece orchestra to back up his band.

“It is hard to say whether I prefer big venues or festivals or more intimate gigs as they are all so different.

“It is great fun working with an orchestra because you can get all the nuances of the music and a much bigger sound. But then festivals are much more rock and roll.

“I’m not sure we would get a full orchestra on the stage at Wickham! But I will have the band and I have to say they are excellent. I have known them for years and we are going to put on a great show.”

Fans love hearing the big hits
Fans love hearing the big hits

So how does the set-list vary from festivals to full shows?

“Festivals are often a shorter time-line so we have to do the hits and then see what else we have time for whereas the full shows are usually an hour and a half to two hours so they are a different pace.

“At a festival, you just go for the jugular and it is a much faster pace. With the orchestra it is very different. It is much more measured – but I do love rocking out!

“I love festivals… they are so much fun. Everyone comes to have a good time. They come for a good day out – to eat, have a good drink and to see some great music.

“There is always a good atmosphere so I love doing them, whether they are in Denmark, Italy or Wickham.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Wickham though I have heard good things. I know it was voted the best small festival at the Live Music awards so I am looking forward to seeing it for myself. I have heard there is a really good atmosphere and there is a terrific line-up this year.

“I know Trevor Horn well so I know that will be a good set and there is a good mix of bands which should make for a great event.”

Hadley tops the bill on Thursday August 4 then the following night the Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam will be the main attractions at the event which was voted best Festival (Under 15,000 capacity) at last year’s Live UK Music Business awards.

Headlining on Saturday will be the SAS Band with a line-up which will include Queen drummer Roger Taylor, former Marillion lead singer Fish, Madeline Bell and solo artist/actress Toyah Willcox before Lindisfarne close the four-day event on Sunday August 7.

Weekend tickets are £160 or £80 for Under 16’s with Under 10’s admitted free. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday can be bought for £60 (£30 Under 16’s) while evening tickets (after 6pm) are £40 (£20). Details at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk or email eastfest@talk21.com

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    John and I would like to thank you for a wonderful festival and for all the volunteers that made it possible. We made a point of thanking litter pickers who did a sterling job, and other operatives (both volunteers and paid people as they worked tirelessly in scorching conditions. Talking of ‘scorching’ we’d like to see The Trouble Notes return with their high energy high impact set. They & so many other bands showed their thanks and appreciation for inviting them to Wickham and after recent years it seemed even more heartfelt 💕 You’ve put on a great festival Peter and we look forward to next year with excitement and anticipation. Well done. 👏👏👏👏

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    A fabulously well organised and run festival with something for everyone. It struck me on Saturday how clean the site was which was testament to the hard working litter picking volunteers. I made sure to thank them when I met them as it made such a difference.

    Thankyou to everyone involved x We had a wonderful few days. The location is so beautiful and the organisation fantastic. Wonderful to listen to such talented musicians. My first ever music festival ( A bit sad as aged 55 😩!!) Will definitely return x

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    Well where do I begin so many people I want to thank especially Peter and to say I had a really amazing time seeing some incredible music and food and drink and seeing fiends and meeting some new people and chatting to lots of nice people but that’s only the beginning once I get myself together again after just getting back now I’ll do More comments and posts about this years and I been thinking just as an idea there needs to be some sort of wickham festival Facebook group where we can all chat about this amazing festival and also keep in touch with everyone who we meet there and post videos and photos form this year and previews years and talk about are dream line up just an idea for now see what you all make of it

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    Was sad to leave last night after arriving Wednesday afternoon.. as always a great time had, great festival, great organisation and nice to see all the staff and helpers were so helpful.. Will be back again next year without a doubt! Such a friendly venue even seeing Johnny Kalsi and Steve Knightley spent a few days out with the rest of us... Well done Peter Chegwin and all the staff that make this one of the best festivals going and the volunteers that keep it so clean compared to a lot of the other festivals that have the mindless litter strewn everywhere by the 'other persons job to clean up after me' mentality of the majority now ... well done all ... see you next year rain or shine.

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    Such a sad sight. Just a few hours ago the party was in full swing, now the clear-up is well under way 😭
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    Hi, this is how festival sites should look at home time!Just saying!! Proud of my generation .

    We had an absolute blast! Superb organisation, great mix of music, friendly atmosphere- can’t wait for next year! Any chance you could separate the stages so the sound doesn’t transfer? The heavy base from Big Top 1 drowns out the quieter acts in the other big top. Also site plan in the programme please.

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    it was a fantastic festival. East Kent Morris were privileged to dance during the weekend. We hope you will have us back! A special shout out to the paramedics who looked after my wife yesterday when she tripped (over someone's bag in an aisle, ahem!) and dislocated her finger badly. They were brilliant.

    Thank you all so much, had a wonderful festival, discovered new bands to listen to. The grass site and the sun were brilliant( especially the sun ) such a change from last year, my Wickham wellies sulked at being left at home !! See you all next year xxxxx

    Brilliant festival well done to everyone involved enjoyed all the bands and the magic teapot had some good times in there and Folk Orc as well as the story teller the kids had a great time with the silent disco only one thing could you supply a site plan please . Will be booking for next year 🥰

    We had a great time! For me, the Spooky Mens Chorale were the highlight. Please make sure you get them back here as soon as possible! But please do something to reduce the sound from Big Top 1 leaking through to Big Top 2. Maybe (perish the thought!) turn down the volume on Stage 1. Oh, and it would be great to have a big screen outside Big Top 2.

    Fabulous festival - Fantastic Acts- Friendly staff and visitors - No aggro - No massive police or security presence ( though I'm sure some undercover boys in blue about 😘) Couple of requests for next year please: NO chairs whatsoever in Big Top 1 & 2 ( so many people "reserved" their "spot" by leaving chairs never to return for the night - with crowd pullers such as The Levellers, the tent, being packed with empty chairs not people, was very frustrating !!) A block of toilets positioned to the left hand side of Big Top 1 would be really appreciated for the less mobile Consider placing the guests who paid most for their tickets ( campers/tents with EHU) closest to the festival arena - not furthest away. Adopt a more relaxed approach to a reasonable amount of personal food and drink being allowed inside festival - when you are there from Midday to Midnight - 12 hours worth of bought food and drink really adds up financially over 4 days for those on a budget ( and would probably fill up the festival with people sooner in the day 😊) Thank you.

    Fantastic weekend, thank you to all you lovely people who make it happen 👍

    Another fantastic Wickham. My highlights were Grace Petrie, Levellers, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Dhol Foundation, Ferocious Dog. Best new find was The Trouble Notes - cracking high energy set. Tickets booked for next year already. Thanks to everyone.

    Another well organised festival with great artists and superb staff. Heard lots of people complaining about the high volume levels inside both main stages from Friday onwards and I agree. I've never seen so many people with earplugs and ear defenders. This must be a major contributor to the sound "bleed" between main stage 1 and main stage 2. Does it really need to be so loud. Some may tell us to sit outside instead but that wasn't a realistic option in the sunshine and heat.

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    Superb festival. Been volunteering for ten years now come rain or shine. Having experience at seeing a little of what it takes to hold the festival behind the scenes is enlightening and quite scary. Every team backstage work really well together to keep the festival rolling. Hats off to everyone involved 🎩

    Thank you to all the organisers and everyone involved, in putting on one of the BEST festivals, got our tickets for next year! Can’t wait! ❤️❤️

    What a fantastic weekend. Thanks to all the organisers and artists. Just bought next years tickets 😀👍

    It was fabulous! I've been to six festivals this year and this one was the best. Well done to the organisers, the artists, the crews, and the volunteers! xx

    Fantastic from start to finish! Thanks to all concerned, I’m sure it took a lot of work from everyone, but hopefully it was a good deal less stressful than last year.

    It was a brilliant one - the best yet ...we really loved playing it this year ...x Thank you for having us ...

    Not until you stop the chairs in the stage area!!! And move the big stage down in the dip ! Much better! ✌️☀️

    Thanks to all involved for a great weekend! We arrived Wednesday, left this morning, wish it was longer 🤣

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    I had such a great time at Wickham Festival... but somehow I got separated from my owner 😭
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    I had such a great time at Wickham Festival... but somehow I got separated from my owner 😭
If you recognise me please message these nice people who are looking after me very well.
(They also found this tankard, its not mine... Im not old enough to drink) https://t.co/0I5AvxuvuQImage attachment

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    Thank you to everyone who handed in lost property ❤️ over the weekend we lost so many things and got them all back safely! Last minute dash up to get my bank card this morning! Very grateful!! 🙏🙏🙏

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    I hope you find your friends soon 🤗 I wonder if you could ask the nice people if they have some brown sunglasses please 🙏

    I lost a set of keys with a VW key and a Nissan fob on it ( with other keys ). I was a volunteer on the Andys Man Club Stand Saturday and Sunday and didnt miss them until we started to pack up sunday night. it was a NIGHTMARE! I have also sent in a PM to you guys. I am DESPERATE to get the keys back. REALLY hope you can help. 🥹🙏🙏🤞🤞🤞🤞

    Hi , I hope you find your friends/ Owners soon too 🤞

    Anyone seen my ducks? They all flew when the Donicans played but never came home!!!

    I lost a few pound and two pound coins, so if find any of those….. there all mine! 😉

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    i saw him and a few others flying round the doonicans mosh pit

    I lost a silver earring if anyone happened across one?

    Bit of a tacky tankard eh?

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