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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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    Line-Up Announcement! Of the 55 acts booked for Wickham 2020 before Covid arrived, 52 are now confirmed for Wickham 2021. They include the wonderful Nick Lowe seen in this special lockdown video with the Southsea Alternative Choir.
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    P.S. The three 2020 acts still to be confirmed for 2021 are The Local Honeys, Gaz Brookfield and Leo Sayer. We're waiting to hear if they're available next August. If they are, we'll be booking them as well.

    If the Fitzgerald Family are touring UK at festival time, you should certainly book them.

    Fingers crossed.... Larmer Tree already cancelled for next year ????

    Any plans to book a headline act for the Friday night ?

    Fantastic news! 🎶

    Hope Leo Sayer confirms.

    Great news!

    Gaz Broomfield is ace

    Yey!!! Go Wickham!!!

    Are the Troublenotes booked again please?

    Love this announcement. Love this video - can we get the Choir to join Nick on stage for this classic song??

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    🎼🎸We had our own Wickham at home, although since it would never be quite the same, called it BasyFest 2K20. We camped for 2 nights, had a Bar, Main Stage, and our very own Cheezy Vinyl Bar as well as wrist bands, tickets, programmes etc. We had a great time! 🎹🎶🎻🎷

    In the meantime we have all those lovely CD's of some famous and some obscure bands brought back from festival music stands to play and enjoy. I am listening to the Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican right now, what a show those guys put on bloody hilarious, the record brings it all back! Cara Dillon next for me. Love browsing the music stall at Wickham and always bring home a fistful of discs 😁

    I really hope so. I’m not the only one feeling a little bereft after a summer of no festivals I’m sure

    And we my friend are going to be at all !! U know this no more watching the world go by! One life live it and We will together my amazing friend !! Can’t wait to enjoy life with u again u deserve it !!! Xxx

    Larmer Tree has already cancelled 2021 which is both ominous and depressing. 😕

    I soo missed going to the festival

    I hope so. Festivals this summer are the things I have missed most this year 🙁

    Completely agree!

    Absolutely can't wait for all that good stuff to come back again

    Can't wait.... outside music is awesome x

    We will be there covid willing!

    Can't bloody wait! 😍

    Andie Merc cannot wait till we can do this again missed our festivals this year

    I do hope so.

    Looking forward to dancing for you again next year 😀

    One day but we can still go hunting omg

    Yessss 💪🏼

    Let's hope so.

    Sometimes feels hard to believe.. 😔

    🙏👏👏👏👏👍😎🍻🤘🙏🥂🙏🥂 xxx

    So are football teams only playing 5 a side?

    Sue Drawbridge ❤️❤️❤️

    Leanne Marie Greenwood

    You won’t ever get it back if you don’t stop complying 🤷🏼‍♂️

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    A lovely little video showing our recent drive-in picnic concert with Show of Hands plus a look ahead to next summer's Wickham Festival. 2021 tickets now onsale at 2020 prices via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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    Brilliant effort!!! Sounds amazing! We want to play too 😁👍🏻 what a great vibe x

    2021 tickets available at 2020 prices for a limited period via this link www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Yay, twice in the background with Tim, Lizzie and Yvonne

    Great gig!

    Anneliese Rowland Lewis Gunter we're famous

    Charli 😍

    Does a weekend ticket cover Thursday aswell?

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