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Welcoming Johnny Kalsi as Wickham Festival Patron

We’re delighted to say that the wonderful Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation and The Afro Celt Sound System has agreed to be our first-ever Festival Patron. Johnny has performed at Wickham in several guises over the years and says he loves our Festival.

Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation @ Wickham Festival 2017

Johnny commented:
After being associated with Wickham Festival for many years, it’s an honour to become the first Patron/Ambassador of this Incredible family festival that has been voted the best Family Festival in the UK. I feel proud to wave the Wickham Festival Flag and I sincerely hope to uphold the reputation of the festival as the “Face of Wickham Festival”.

In his role as Festival Patron Johnny will not only be performing with The Dhol Foundation as our Friday night Village Stage headliners in 2020 but will also be arranging a special Dhol Foundation DJ Set on the Saturday plus an afternoon Bhangra Dance workshop.

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    Good things come in threes! After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 we've another artist announcement coming tonight. A clue: English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    Good things come in threes!  After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 weve another artist announcement coming tonight.  A clue:  English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience.  Any guesses?

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    Still got my fingers crossed for Midge Ure β€οΈπŸ’œ Go on Wickham....you know you want to 😘

    Hope it’s S Club 7

    Blur , The Smiths, Florence and the Machine, Gorrillaz, Lilly Allen, The Stone Roses, Pulp, The kooks, Keane, Jamiroquai, Noisettes, Kate Nash, Lighning Seeds, The Vamps, ok i am out of UK indie pop bands..πŸ€”

    Its Steps isn't it? I knew you'd give in one year if I kept going on about it!

    It’s not Fake Thackray is it??? πŸ˜€

    Since no-one's mentioned The Wonder Stuff yet, I will. Edit: oh, someone did. As you were.

    The Magic numbers the feeling the Lightning seeds scouting for girls KEANE

    The ballaugh’s Mike Wade 😍

    Forget Otway & Co and book The Slambovians!!!!!!!

    What’s that coming over the hill is it a monster. No it’s the Automatic.

    The Divine Comedy? πŸ€”

    Sorry I think The Automatic are Welsh.πŸ₯΄

    Alabama 3 ?

    Pulp, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine or The Smiths.

    Any chance it's The Leisure Society? Pretty please ;)

    The kooks

    The Farm? Lightning seeds?

    Divine Comedy?

    James

    Death in Vegas?

    Bat for Lashes or Scouting for Girls?-

    The Wonder Stuff??

    The1975 or Keane?

    Travelling Band?

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    We're delighted to announce that the wonderful Nick Lowe will be at Wickham on Saturday 8th August with his Rock 'n' Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets. The composer of classic songs like 'Cruel to be Kind', 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass', '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding' (a hit for Elvis Costello) and 'I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll' will be joined by one of the world's finest guitar bands, Los Straitjackets, for a rare UK Festival appearance. Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXRtGnI5H5E ... See MoreSee Less

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    Producer for Elvis Costello; Graham Parker and The Rumour; Dr Feelgood (for whom he co-wrote 'Milk and Alcohol'); and The Damned. A member of Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). A noted figure in power pop and new wave, he performed at the first Glastonbury Festival (and was invited back in 2019), released the first single on Stiff Records, and has recorded & produced many fine records of his own. Los Straitjackets from Surf City have been described as the world's leading instrumental guitar band. This will be a great night!

    A fabulous coup!! Wickham you just keep on pulling better and better announcements out of the hat - can't wait for this year's festival! :D

    Excellent!

    Claire Askam

    I have to say I went to see him a few years ago and was very disappointed - he played hardly any of his hits and his music wasn't of the style I was expecting. He's still a good musician and singer though, so I hope he plays a set suitable for the festival - including the hits you've mentioned, that we all know and love!

    Thank you

    Fantastic Wickham! Last seen with Rockpile January 1980, I recall a very boozy set up in Newcastle. Thanks, can't wait 😍😍

    cool, like a bit of Nick Lowe.

    Bought Jesus of Cool and played it to death! Ace choice! πŸ˜‰

    Pamela Horrigan

    Love it, thank you Wickham Festival, first timers last year & had a brilliant time πŸ‘

    Bulls eye! They were fantastic at Engine Rooms last summer Top signing!

    Oh brilliant it’s my birthday on the 8th too!

    Richard Beechey Rod Marshall Steve Rawlings Bill Kennedy

    Brilliant!

    Wow!

    Annie - just ‘wow’!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    Absolutely ACE!

    The Jesus Of Cool!

    Nick Lowe is excellent live.

    Andrew Price

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    Brilliant news , how about booking Graham Parker as well ?

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    'An array of quick witted stories, stunning vocals and polished stage craft, not to be missed'. After a 6 year stint at sea, singer-songwriter Chris Ricketts is returning for a series of festival dates across Europe this summer and will be launching his new album at Wickham in August. ... See MoreSee Less

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