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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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    We're delighted to announce that 16-times GRAMMY Award winner Jerry Douglas, one of the world's finest dobro & lap steel guitar players, will be at this year's Wickham Music Festival on Sat. 3rd Aug. Day & Weekend tickets selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    He's played & recorded with Paul Simon; Eric Clapton; James Taylor; Alison Krauss; Elvis Costello and The Transatlantic Sessions. You can read about this remarkable musician here: jerrydouglas.com/bio/

    Astonishing.

    Wow, that's made my evening .. so looking forward to the festival....well done!

    Never heard of them but now I will get a chance to hear just what has made them a 16 times Grammy winner. Cool. 😎

    Congratulations on another amazing coup. Top man in his field - and a musician's musician.

    What a wonderful eclectic line up you have booked. Cannot wait!

    You really have to see this guy,along with the other musicians he will be bringing along...World Class stuff....

    Fabulous news. We look forward to hearing him. We’d have also liked to see award winning blues guitarist Dom Martin in the lineup. Hopefully one year.

    Wow !!!🤩 Wow !!!

    Fab. I don’t know him so looking forward to this! 🙌

    Fantastic! Stu is gobsmacked to have him at Wickham! Bravo

    Great news!

    Great stuff! Seen Jerry Douglas a few times, latterly with the Transatlantic Sessions tour. He is a Dobro/slide NewGrass giant. Introduced to his music in the late 90’s by a Dobro player I was in a band with. He gave me an audiotape of ‘Skip, Hop and Wobble’ (Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenburg and Edgar Myers’s). Still one of my top albums.

    Fantastic news, well done for booking him.

    With the number of Grammys.mentioned thought it might be Alison Kraus until I read male

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