Wickham Festival News

Van Morrison to headline Wickham Festival

The legendary singer / songwriter / musician Van Morrison is to headline this year’s Wickham Festival. He’ll be appearing with his full band on Saturday 8th August performing classic hits such as Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Jackie Wilson Said, and Gloria.  Van Morrison has just sold-out six nights at the London Palladium.

We’re really excited to have a genuine musical legend coming to Wickham this summer!  He recently celebrated 50 years since the release of the iconic Astral Weeks album in 1968 and is currently on a worldwide sold-out tour.  Morrison has under his belt a vast accolade of awards including a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, six Grammys, and an entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Wickham Festival is shaping up to be some party to celebrate our 15th birthday.  We’re delighted to announce The SAS All-Star Band for our opening night on Thursday 6th August featuring many of the stars who’ve appeared at Wickham over the years including Spike Edney (Queen) with guest vocalists Graham Gouldman (10cc), Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Tom Robinson, Toyah, Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) and an all-star band. Wow … they’re sure to perform many of their most popular songs so this is an opening night not to be missed!

And there’s more …. The Waterboys are confirmed as the headliner for Sunday 9th August.  The Waterboys have consistently blended tightness, inspiration and improvisation to reach heights of performance few other acts can compete with. The 2020 version of the band features the established core of Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano), Steve Wickham (electric fiddle), Memphis keyboard great “Brother” Paul Brown, ace British drummer Ralph Salmins and funky Irish bassman Aongus Ralston.

Fancy a little luxury?

In other news backstage VIP Passes are now on sale, price just £80 for the full 4-day weekend. The VIP Passes give access to the Backstage VIP Areas behind both main stages with VIP marquees, comfy covered seating, additional outdoor seating, exclusive side-of-stage viewing areas, backstage bars & a coffee bar, free laptop & mobile phone charging, and, most important … luxury loos!

VIP Passes can be purchased on our Tickets page. Please note you require a day or weekend Festival ticket in addition to an add-on VIP Pass. If you’ve already purchased day or weekend Festival tickets you can still purchase an add-on VIP Pass and treat yourself to a little luxury.

Also available are luxury Glamping tents which sleep between 2 & 6  people. The cost of a Glamping ticket includes entry to the Backstage VIP Areas all weekend. Details and booking is available at http://www.festivalglamping.com/wickham-festival.

Introducing our new area … “The Social”

The Social will be a great new area this summer with a mix of acoustic music, storytelling, comedy, spoken word and late-night entertainment.  As it proved so popular in 2019 it’s likely we’ll have The Silent Disco here late night as it’s a bigger and better venue than the smaller storytelling tent that we used last year.  Although the main music stages will finish at 11pm, we’re licensed for public entertainment until 1am.  All late night entertainment (including The Magic Teapot) can continue until then.  We’re hoping this will be a cosy place to socialise and chill late into the night.

If you’ve yet to buy your weekend season tickets for this year’s Festival, you can still save £30 on every 4-day adult weekend ticket if you buy now. Please note prices rise at the end of March. At the equivalent of just £40 a day, weekend season tickets represent great value.

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    Great new video from Graham Nash urging everyone to stay home and stay safe. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROCzHRzHYdM ... See MoreSee Less

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    This was a Highlight for me from Last Year's Festival, Could not belive the Sound it was Amazing 👌

    That made me properly smile for the first time in days. Thank you Wickham and thank you Mr Nash .

    For me too. The Graham Nash and Judy Collins double header made that first night really special

    He was amazing last yr. Thank you for sharing. Paul Meredith listen to this and set what you missed. Xx

    He was fantastic last year!

    Yeah, he was brilliant

    Liz Ferla xx

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    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesday's sunshine. As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: 'I never thought I'd be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32'. Lockdown has some benefits! ... See MoreSee Less

    St Nicholas Church at Wickham looking lovely in Wednesdays sunshine.  As Revd. Jane who took the photo said: I never thought Id be able to take a photo standing in the middle of the usually busy A32.  Lockdown has some benefits!

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    I've rung there when visiting Wickham Folk Festival... lovely ring, church, and welcome x

    ...and what a lovely pollution free sky too x

    It is a lovely church with a huge amount of history.

    Everyday of Festival last year, had a Walk down and and sat with a Coffee looking across to Church, still 🙏 I can Again this Year 😎

    Never thought I would see so many parking spaces in the square 😀

    What a lovely looking church

    Diocese of Portsmouth

    Chelsea Grant ❤

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    Lovely video. Kinda appropriate right now. Great music brings people together, bridging what divides us and inspiring us through dark times. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Two artists we've tried to book over the years, so far without success, are Joan Baez & John Prine. John is critically ill on a ventilator thanks to Covid-19. Here's Joan signing his song Hello In There. Get well soon John. ❤️

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJPvc5vvKY4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0vK_mJ4-SX-gbE_Y7MkIE0cYlifh2kuJu...
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    Many years ago I gate crashed John Prine's 50th birthday party, I was hitch hiking down through the American south back in 1996... Got to Nashville, walked into a bar and there he was celebrating in the back room with a whole load of his musician friends, including Nanci Griffith if I remember rightly.. Good times... long ago... Get well soon buddy!

    Oh nooooo, John! Bad news, that. He cancelled his gig at Bridgewater Hall about a month ago. Would have loved to see him. Thanks for sharing this Janey, will have a listen now xxx

    Anne Stephenson, Sian Aubrey. 💜🙏

    Shari Denson💗

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