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Wickham Festival 2023 – Day Four

Wickham Festival fans were treated to real rock royalty on the final day of a fantastic four-day event.

Despite problems with the weather and the mud, the music lifted everyone’s spirits to make it all worthwhile.

Midge Ure

After three days of great acts, the final day saw the Zombies make their Wickham bow followed by guitar great Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah before the curtain was brought down in style by Midge Ure.

The Zombies, complete with founder members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, belted out their big numbers as well as newer material to build on the momentum from the South.

That was followed by a guitar masterclass from Robert Fripp while the firecracker that is Toyah whirled around the stage going through a wide repertoire of rock classics.

And then came Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure who wowed the crowd with all the old classics to close the festival in style.

Robert Fripp (left) and Toyah

The only downside was that the other main stage had equally strong acts leaving fans with tough choices.

While the South went through their big hits, the Electric Swing Circus were in, well, full swing. Their vibrant, energetic set drew a big audience many of whom stuck around for Scottish folk rockers Peat and Diesel.

They delivered a high octane if somewhat incomprehensible set of songs with real power and passion to get the Big Top jumping.

That led seamlessly into a return visit by the equally popular Skerryvore who kept the party going before the Afro Celt Sound System almost blew the canvas off the Big Top.

Electric Swing Circus
Afro Celt Sound System

It meant that many of the problems with the weather were forgotten as fans went home happy… and already looking forward to next year.

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    Newly confirmed. 3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldn't Hang. More to be announced shortly. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Newly confirmed.  3 Daft Monkeys will be at our 2024 Wickham Festival on Fri., Aug. 2. Other bands already confirmed inc. Tankus the Henge; Skipinnish; & The Men They Couldnt Hang.  More to be announced shortly.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Great so far! Please get Tide Lines back!

    Excellent!

    Excellent 🀘🀘

    Brilliant band! 😊

    Happy days!

    Awesome!!! Got my ticket months ago, so am so excited!! xx

    Can’t wait to volunteer again 😊

    This just gets better and better. When are you going to announce the Second Coming of Warren Zevon, who will be headlining on Sunday !!!!!! Four acts announced, albums by three in my collection......That's what makes Wickham such a wonderful festival and the musical highlight of my year......!!

    Yusss!

    Can’t wait

    Can we have the SAS band and Alabama 3 back please πŸ™

    Another fantastic band! Thank you πŸ™‚

    excellent news three daft monkeys

    Yay πŸ˜ƒ

    How long are the Early Bird tickets on for? I'm trying to round up several others but I don't want to miss out while others dither Wickham Music Festival

    Yessss, excellent, one of my favourites😁

    Great craic are those 3 Daft Monkeys.

    Fab line up already… add Alabama 3 please!!!! 😎❀️

    So happy that 3 Daft Monkeys Are at Wickham next year. They were awesome at South Petherton earlier this year 😊

    Megan James Astrid must be thrilled with the line up so far for Wickham! All her favs x

    Dammit Actb Smith looks like I’ll be missing a great lineup next year. Bet you’re glad you got early tickets now!

    3 Daft Monkeys!! Can't wait

    Brilliant festival Wickham Music Festival

    Brilliant 😍

    Not excited yet....

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    Pleased to confirm that The Men They Couldn't Hang will be back at Wickham in 2024 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. Always a great live band. ... See MoreSee Less

    Pleased to confirm that The Men They Couldnt Hang will be back at Wickham in 2024 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.  Always a great live band.

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    Great news!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

    I would appreciate Graham Nash again, sadly never got to see him in 2018, but completely understand if he’s out of budget

    Excellent news! My favourite band and my favourite festival!

    Great stuff !!! Thanks !! Pamela Horrigan

    Great news!

    Great live act well done

    Thats just great news !!!!

    Always a good slot!

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    Fantastic - very much looking forward to seeing them

    Which night are they playing ?

    Great 😊

    YAY - thank you Wickham Music Festival πŸ₯°

    Simon Tremlett ..this year we are going !

    Deirdre Arthur

    Excellent. Have booked for the Shepherd's Bush Gala night and for Barnoldswick but you just can't have too much of a great thing......Must say, it's all going rather well for Wickham 2024, but then we KNEW it would! What delights are to be revealed in the coming days, I wonder...??

    Woo hoo!

    Yay!!!

    Tmtch and tankus? Looking like its going to be a great year so far

    Any more confirmed yet?

    Ooh amazing news.

    Yay. Well happy.

    Steven C Turner

    Nice!

    Finn Murphy McSweggan

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    Delighted to announce that top Scottish band Skipinnish are newly confirmed for the 2024 Wickham Festival on Sat. 3 Aug. Same day as Tankus the Henge. Lots more artists being announced this week. Earlybird tickets still available via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Hurrah. My favourite

    Superb. One of my absolute favourites......Thanks Peter and Team! Starting to drool already.....

    Saw them at the Brook last month and now looking g forward to seeing g them again at Wickham πŸ₯³

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    Seen in East London.  Weve booked Ronnie Lanes band Slim Chance several times.  Theyre great!  Have you any photos of other roads named after musicians?

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    Here's another. Heinz Burt Close in Eastleigh. Named after Heinz, the former bass player of The Tornados (famed for their hit Telstar)

    Not named after me as such, but I’ve dj’d the silent disco the last 2 years for Bug Beats Events at the Wickham Music Festival! 🀣🀣

    There's Charles Watts Way at Hedge end of course

    Hi Pete. Did you see my email. Croft No 5 have reformed!! 😊

    I saw Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance in 1976 in the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. What a great band.

    Marylebone, London

    As part of the 'other festival' in Pilton you will find a new road Maggies Farm, not a band member but of course from Bobs tune.

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    OK - I need to get out more! Here’s a little something to fulfil the request!

    Ash Smither

    Can't remember where this was now but great name 🀭

    Of course its Swansea so it may be the Welsh Dylan

    Spotted this in Partinico, Sicily.

    In his home town of Paisley.

    Not a road name, but Billy Bragg Bicycles sign in Gillingham is one I remember from childhood. Obviously not that Billy Bragg!

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