Wickham Festival News

Wickham 2017 is “best yet”

This year’s Wickham Festival has been declared the biggest and best yet after breaking box office records.

Tankus The Henge … energetic as always!

More than 20,000 music fans poured into the tiny Hampshire village to see the likes KT Tunstall, 10CC, Show of Hands and the Levellers.

The event endured a difficult start as unprecedented rain turned the site into a quagmire just hours before it was due to open.

Many other festivals might have cancelled – Hope and Glory was called off in Liverpool this weekend – but organisers refused to be beaten and staff worked tirelessly to not only get the event on but to turn it into a triumph.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said:  “We have had a fantastic festival; the feedback has been phenomenal.

The Peatbog Faeries

“We had a few issues with the weather but we overcame them and really turned it around. We have had so much praise from people who loved it and really appreciated our efforts. I really must thank all the crew and backstage staff who were magnificent.

“We had record ticket sales and a lot of those were first-timers many of whom have already told us they will be back next year which is really gratifying after all our hard work.”

As a thank you, fans who attended the festival can save £60 on an adult weekend season ticket for August 2-5 next year if they buy before Tuesday August 15 at the reduced rate of £100 or £50 for children aged 10-16. Under 10’s will again get free admission.

Chegwyn added: “It is our way of rewarding those who came this year and put up with the mud on the opening day. Many festivals would have cancelled but we spent more than £30,000 to get the event on.

“We brought in diggers to clear the mud, tractors to tow vehicles and we covered the site in straw – and it worked. The fields there are remarkably quick to drain and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the festival. Our reward genuinely is to see so many happy, smiling faces.

“We had some fantastic bands and for the first time we introduced a late night comedy stage which was a big success. We brought in Tom Walker aka internet sensation Jonathan Pie and that proved so popular we had to put his Q&A on the second stage.

“The bands all said how much they enjoyed playing here and what a good time they had and much they valued our hard work. We were delighted to see so many people having such a good time. We look forward to welcoming them back next summer.”

Weekend tickets for August 2-5, 2018 cost £160. Those aged 10-16 get in for half price with Under 10’s admitted free. Those renewing by cheque or cash before August 15 will save £60 on an adult weekend ticket, online renewals save £50.

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    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends? We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available. People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost. Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: www.festivalglamping.com ... See MoreSee Less

    Fancy some luxury camping with your friends?  We still have a small number of 6-berth Classic & Sultans Choice glamping tents available.  People booking glamping tents also gain access to our Backstage VIP Area all weekend at no extra cost.  Interested? Contact Roger at festivalglamping via this link: http://www.festivalglamping.com

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    Wow!

    Oh i wish i could have afforded that for our 40th anniversary

    Fiona Morgans.....?

    Moo Brown

    Helen Trimarco Ransome ? 😉

    Anne Smith Mark Smith

    Nicola?

    Sara Ball. this could have been you....

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    One artist we're really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins. Some tickets still available... but selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    One artist were really looking forward to seeing at Wickham is the legendary Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Hollies, appearing on Thursday 1st August along with American folk icon Judy Collins.  Some tickets still available... but selling fast.

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    Click on this link for the full Wickham Music Festival line-up plus day & weekend ticket details www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Great opportunity to see a true, true legend. A word that is often used to describe very big but not legendary names.

    Graham Nash, oh I can't wait !! 👍👍😎 xxxxx

    Angela Hamilton

    Can't wait to see him.

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    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year. And we're installing more luxury loos on our campsites. And we've extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

    Presenting... our beautiful new environmentally-friendly vacuum loos that will be in our VIP Area this year.  And were installing more luxury loos on our campsites.  And weve extra service teams to keep them clean at all times 🙂

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    Better loos than New Day then!

    Great work guys x

    More toilets in the main area would be good too!

    Please reserve me a front row seat😁👍

    A few more showers would be good too.

    You need a few of these around the site Peter...........

    That's a relief 😁

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    Big Screens! In response to many requests we'll have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists. ... See MoreSee Less

    Big Screens!  In response to many requests well have big video screens in both our main Big Tops this year, giving you an even better view of all our great artists.

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    Great! Another vertically challenged regular who you have made very happy!

    Brilliant!!

    This is the festival that keeps on giving! Still shoehorning in quality bands at this late stage(Holy Moly) and now big screens!

    I can't wait for my first Wickham fest - it's been WOMAD for over 20 years, thought I'd have a change. ... bring it on! 😊 🎵

    Excellent!

    Hurray hurray!!

    Hi Wickham are you still allowing people to take up all the room with their camping chairs in the big top ?

    Great idea. Those of us who are vertically challenged salute you!

    Thank God you didn't last year!! My arse is big enough and so did not be need to be on the big screen too. Pretty sure they could see it way outside the big top!

    What about a VIP area in both main tents? Given the increase in price from last year (£60 up to £80?)

    Roughly how many people come to this festival ?

    I'm sure there were big screens last year?

    Is this the real reason that you have had your eyes upgraded to HD 😨

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    Less than six weeks to the start of this years Wickham Festival.   Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?  Check out our website at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up for details of whos on when.

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    You Peter Chegwyn to thank you for always bringing an awesome line up to suit all ages & tastes and introducing us to new artists. Can’t wait for Wickham before we head over to Festival Interceltique Lorient Brittany to catch the incredible Carlos Nunez. 🎶👏

    Looking forward to another great year 😀😀

    Our first time. Loads of great music to look forward to. Coming especially to see State of the Union

    My first time here. Really looking forward to it

    Our first time - coming because of the fantastic line up - TMTCH, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, Ralph Mctell and did I see Gilbert O Sullivan too?? Seen him before brilliant

    That is my grandaughter on the left in the pink dress, looking very sad because she wanted to be in the photo!

    Its a great lineup. Looking forward to some old favourites and finding some new ones! Pitching up on the Weds and in for the duration!

    Sarah Billingham Geoff Billingham so excited xxx

    Our first time at Wickham, usually go to Womad but fancied a change this year. Really looking forward to it 😊

    Frank Turner. Skinny lister

    The rhubarb cider

    Holy Moly and the Crackers, reliving the first time I saw them 🤩🤩🤩

    Love this photo

    Dread zone and Afro Celt ...

    Afro Celts, Charli and Derek ❤

    Too many to name, but I hope y'all come to the other stages! There are amazing acts on the bill.

    Kim Kwim Workman, show Jorgie - she's in the picture!

    The Afro Celts and the cheese on toast seller 😃

    Afro Celts, Sam Kelly, Skinny Lister, Frank Turner and hope Le Vent Du Nord join up with Breabach

    The Proclaimers!!

    Only doing one night so Skinny Lister and The Proclaimers 😁

    Judy Collins, Ralph Mctell, Graham Nash...........

    Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ralph McTell and many many more!!!

    Lucinda Williams :-)

    Definitely Ralph McTell but always on the lookout for someone I’ve never seen before, a few years back I first saw Le Vent Du Nord - excellent band so will be intending to catch them again.

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