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Van Morrison confirmed for Wickham Festival

Van Morrison is to headline this year’s Wickham Festival.

The global superstar will top the bill on Saturday August 8 in front of what is sure to be a sell-out crowd.

It is a major coup for organisers who have worked hard to secure the rock legend who recently sold out six nights at the London Palladium.

The Belfast singer-songwriter has a huge catalogue of hits to his name, most notably Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Moondance and Jackie Wilson Said. His live performances are renowned on the rock circuit and his appearance is set to spark a surge in sales.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “This is absolutely massive for us – and for the village. It will be very special to have such a rock and roll icon coming to Wickham. This really does put us on the map.

“Van Morrison is one of the biggest names not just in British music but across the world. He has been one of the most influential singer-songwriters in the business for many decades and it is a real privilege to have him here.

“His live performances really are something special and I know our fans will love having him here. We are absolutely thrilled and we can’t wait to welcome him to Wickham.”

The 74-year-old, whose honours include a knighthood, an OBE, a Brit, six Grammys, an Ivor Novello and entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sounds as fresh as ever with his shows consistently selling out to an army of fans.

He will be playing his biggest hits as well as tracks from his latest Album Three Chords and the Truth.

Morrison joins a host of other stars appearing at the picturesque Hampshire site from August 6-9. Top of the bill on the opening night is the SAS Band (Spike’s All Stars) fronted by Queen keyboard player Spike Edney starring evergreen Wickham favourites Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Graham Gouldman (10CC), Tom Robinson, Toyah and Madeline Bell (Blue Mink).

Also appearing on Thursday are Nine Below Zero, Tankus the Henge, Peatbog Faeries and John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett.

Friday’s line-up includes Wickham favourites Capercaillie, Show of Hands, Eddi Reader and Dhol Foundation along with a debut for the renowned Peat and Diesel. Saturday’s bill has Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets plus Seth Lakeman as well Van Morrison.

There will be a strong finish to the festival with Sunday seeing the ever popular Waterboys headlining alongside Leo Sayer, the South, Stanley Jordan and rising stars Beans on Toast.

Spike Edney, Graham Gouldman, Steve Harley, Tom Robinson, Toyah, and Madeline Bell.

Chegwyn added: “Once again it is an incredibly strong line-up with a mix of up and coming artists, long-standing Wickham favourites and some big stars making their first appearances at Wickham.

“It is a formula which works well and has fans travelling to this tiny village from all over the world because they know there will be top quality music and just as importantly the family friendly atmosphere will never change. It really is a unique event in that respect.

“Children can wander safely and indulge in the many free activities while parents visit the many craft and food and drink stalls and listen to the wonderful music in a very relaxed environment. And with our two main stages being under canvas, it means people don’t need to worry about the weather.”

Weekend tickets are now on sale at just £160 per adult or £80 for each Under 16 with Under 10’s admitted completely free. Adult day tickets will be available at £45 per adult for the Thursday, £55 for the Friday, £75 for the Saturday and £75 for the Sunday, Under 16’s half price. Click here to buy tickets.

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    Delighted to confirm Merry Hell will be back at Wickham next summer. Two shows on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August 2021. Earlybird tickets for 2021 now available at 2020 prices. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Such a great line up 🤩👍

    Excellent news!

    Fabulous news !!

    Call believes that we are going to have a summer without the Wickham music festival 😪 roll on next year .

    Another great live band confirmed for Wickham 2021. Tankus The Henge will appear on our opening night, Thursday 5th August 2021.
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    First time I saw them was at Wickham in 2018. Great band and a great booking

    Excellent :-) Firm favorites ever since we first saw them at Wickham many years ago ... we even managed to catch them in Germany and the Netherlands a few times now 🎶💖😍🤩🎶

    Great band - seen them two or three times at Glastonbury & should have been at the Robin, Bilston before lockdown cut it.

    Yes!! I've loved this band since I first saw them at Wickham.

    Just one of the greatest bands that you could ever see live. ❤️

    Love this band! 😍

    Great band, great song and great video.

    Can't think of a better way to open the festival! 😃 I think we might go a bit crazy... They were one of the last bands I saw live before lockdown, best gig of the year so far (Joiners, Southampton). And unlikely to be beaten now I guess.

    Yes, Tankus!

    Such energy 🧡

    Brilliant 😀👍

    Lisa maybe we should do Wickham next year!

    Wickham + Tankus = 😍😍😍😍

    Clive Allen, this is just down the road from Aysha and Rich!

    Thank you 😍😍 - Alice Ellwood

    Yeah

    Carol Morrell, Ian Morrell 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️

    Oh yeah!

    Thank you Wickham!!! 🙏🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Andrea Clarke get booking! X

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    CoCo and the Butterfields the latest band re-booked from 2020 to 2021. They'll be at Wickham on Friday 6th August 2021.
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    Yippee!

    Brilliant!

    Kerrie Seymour

    Top folk duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman among the latest confirmations for Wickham 2021. Appearing on Friday 6th August 2021. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAJPdge4ySI ... See MoreSee Less

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    She has a wonderful voice 👏👏👏👏

    Ahh, they’re great!

    Great choice.

    Amazing!!

    Newly confirmed for 2021. American blues maestro Lil' Jimmy Reed will be back at Wickham next year on Sunday 8th August 2021.
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    Fantastic! His show last year was a Wickham highlight.

    Massive success last year !

    He was brilliant last year 👍

    He’s one crazy talented old dude scared me when he climbed into our crowd last year 😂😂

    Wonderful 👍💜

    I hadn't heard of him but was bowled over!

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