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Wickham Festival 2022 – Day 2

It is hard to believe the Saw Doctors have not played a festival for 10 years judging by the way they rocked Wickham.

After a five-year hiatus, the Irish band swapped their beloved N17 for the M27 to play a UK festival exclusive – and it was like they had never been away with the fans singing along to every word.

The Saw Doctors take a bow after wowing Wickham

The boys from Tuam were on top form, belting out all their most popular songs with their trademark infectious enthusiasm to make it a proper party.

They even briefly went into a random rendition of the Match of the Day theme tune as they closed with Hay Wrap aided by former Waterboy Steve Wickham who also guested on N17 and Joyce Country Ceilidh Band.

It was clear just how much it meant to them to be back at a festival – and Wickham in particular.

Singer Leo Moran said: “It is fantastic to be back and we were thrilled to be asked to come to Wickham by the brilliant Peter Chegwyn. We’ve been playing festivals for him for many years and he always puts on a great event.”

The Saw Doctors

The 90-minute set left the fans on a real high especially following on from the high-octane show from Skinny Lister who were also clearly loving Wickham’s unique atmosphere.

The band went all out and got the Big Top bouncing – a sharp contrast to the much more mellow mood on the other main stage where Martha Wainwright and then Rumer were perfection personified with their smooth sets encapsulating their delightful voices and the richness of their songs.

And there is still so much more to come with Saturday again providing very different music in each tent.

One has a much more raucous and edgy feel with the Undertones, the Dhol Foundation, Ferocious Dog and the Levellers; the other has a more traditional folk feel with Spiers and Boden, Show of Hands and Breabach.

The Saw Doctors

It will be a second appearance in as many days for Steve Knightley who also had a solo slot to perform his eagerly-anticipated and very moving Song for Wickham.

Tickets are available online or at the ticket office on site (cash only). Please only buy from recognised official sources as scammers have been selling the same ticket multiple times, often claiming theyΒ  suddenly they cannot get to the festival.

Anyone genuinely unable to attend can give or sell tickets to family or friends but we cannot give refunds or rollovers.

With glorious weather forecast and two days of high quality music still to come, you don’t want to miss out.



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    Presenting our official Wickham Festival 2022 video produced by Tim Bearder. Enjoy! πŸ˜ƒ www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8MRJHri1tw ... See MoreSee Less

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    It was great ! but it is now so big it needs a real open air stage !! was cramed into those marqee,s watching bands !! real stage next years PLEASE !!

    Scott Doonican You made it into the video ... πŸ™‚ Thanks, Wickham Festival team, it was a blast, cannot wait till next year ... ❀

    A week on and still buzzing! Discovered the The Saw Doctors and can’t get the N17 ear worm outta my head πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Helen Coppock

    Cracking short video but Wickham Festival you are so much more than this!! A taster but you have to be there to feel the unique vibe!!

    Just back from dog friendly Cropredy .Guess what not a single person was killed by dog. Cmon Wickham you know dogs are better than people !!

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    The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. One of the most popular bands at this year's Wickham Festival. Thanks to Stuart Barry for a great live video.
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    My new favourite band! Saw them at Cropredy this weekend too. I then bumped into Sharkey and RJ on the field yesterday, they were enjoying the festval, and they spoke very highly of their experience at Wickham too.

    My discovery of the festival. They are absolutely brilliant, totally got me (and the lady wife!).

    Not even heard of this band, but am now following them,great performance ,definately one of my highlights x

    Absolutely brilliant. Hill Billy Pink Floyd. Please invite them back.

    Great band, one of many highlights πŸ‘πŸ€˜

    I couldn't decide what I made of them I initially. Then after three or four songs I think I decided I liked them. They were perplexing 😁. But overall, yeah..... pretty good. I'd definitely watch them again πŸ‘

    Tans Slambovian bio polar express πŸ˜€

    Brilliant really loved their sound

    Loved them at Wickham. Once I find out where Slambovia is I'm going to pay a visit πŸ˜‰

    Enjoyed their set but it was loud!

    Great band

    They were fantastic πŸ‘

    Love them xx

    Matt John these are the guys I was telling you about 😁

    Vanessa Sherlock x

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    Don't forget you can save a whopping Β£100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form. 2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Dont forget you can save a whopping Β£100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form.  2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Purchased ours this eve online. Last time we were there was in 2015 when Billy Bragg and the Proclaimers were there. Loved every minute of it. So excited for 2023 πŸ€—

    We managed to find a cheque book!! Sent ours off already!! Can’t wait!!

    What's a cheque? I know a few Poles and a Ukrainian but not these cheques? I can PayPal or Google pay

    Found my cheque book, the last cheque I wrote was also for Wickham. And the one previous!

    Bought before we left the site!

    Ours is in the post

    Got mine before I left. Can’t wait!

    Who has a cheque book these days and I certainly wouldn’t post cash. Shame 😞

    Posted ours off already!

    Sent ours off yesterday πŸ˜‰

    Posted ours πŸ‘

    Sent ours off pronto πŸ’šπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽΆ

    Sent mine off yesterday.

    Mine is in the post

    Cheque on way!

    Sandy Gunton please xx

    Michael Tindal-Vincent Not bad considering your just around the corner πŸ˜‰

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    And we're off! Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass. But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival. Thank you one and all. We'll do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6. 'Earlybird' tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    And were off!  Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass.  But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival.  Thank you one and all.  Well do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6.  Earlybird tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/ticketsImage attachmentImage attachment

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    Should add that not a speck of litter was left behind thanks to Smudger's amazing litter-picking crew.

    It was fantastic and no trouble at all and I live right across from it! Well done to all of you, look forward to next year x

    I walked past yesterday. We love having such a great festival within walking distance of our house and also nice to see it back to normal.

    Thanks for all the effort you put in. Much appreciated πŸ™ it wouldn't be here without your good self taking the time to stage it. Great times and memories. Fortunate to see both sides of the festival

    Was great fun. Thank you. Tickets bought for next year already.

    Really enjoyed and have purchased my early bird tickets for 2023 πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    Well done Wickham gang!!! At least you don't have to contend with discarded tents etc as per Glastonbury!

    Thank you for another brilliant festival,have already purchased tickets for next year. xx

    Was great thanks to all who make this festival work so well

    Absolutely loved it. First time we've been. Great bands, especially the Saw Doctors, but I'm a little biased, and everything was so well organised, including the weather πŸ˜†

    A wonderful weekend, thank you everyone so much. You were all amazing.

    Amazing weekend thanks for the fun, laughter and music

    Thanks to all involved. Loved our tent neighbours who were litter pickers from aardvark. Cheque in post for 2023. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

    The breakdown is the hard bit - adrenaline doesn't pump in quite the same way as on build-up. But four days.... wow!!! Get some serious Zzzzs.

    It was brilliant, saw lots of old friends and made more new one,see you next year.

    Thanks so much everyone who made Wickham Festival a fantastic Event to attend see you all next year ! x

    What a fantastic festival - looking forward to next year with Claire Hartt-Palmer, Paul Jerome, Alison Jerome, Deanna Gaze, Mark Gaze and many others!

    Thank you Wickham, thank you artistes, See you next year

    Brilliant! Well done to everyone - it was an amazing weekend! Do you have a list of any ‘left behind’ items? One of my friends lost a bunch of keys and would love to be reunited with them!!

    Great festival. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Fabulous festival, thanks very much! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Look forward to it next year! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    So much happiness right there ❀️ Next year…

    Very impressed with the infrastructure of the show. Such hard work by all. If I have one complaint, it's that the portaloos in the campervan field weren't replenished with paper and sanitizer as often as I was told. I had my own facilities but occasionally used the public ones and took my own supplies. Just a thought.

    Thank you for another fab weekend 😊

    One word…… AMAZING…. Booked for next year!!

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