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Wickham Festival – COVID-19 UPDATE Monday 1st June, 2020

With the sun shining, lockdown easing, open-air markets & other venues opening, we thought you might like an update on this year’s Wickham Festival.

First & foremost, the health & safety of all our artists, audience, staff & suppliers along with our local Wickham community must come first. Our Festival can only go-ahead if it’s felt safe for it do so in 10 weeks time.

At present, no mass gatherings are allowed anywhere in the UK due to Government restrictions but the Government’s ‘roadmap’ suggests many venues will be allowed to re-open from early July.

Our view remains that if Government restrictions are sufficiently relaxed in time, our Wickham Festival will go-ahead in August as planned.

If Government restrictions are not relaxed in time, our Festival will be postponed to 5th-8th August 2021.

We have had constructive discussions with the local authority about staging a ‘Covid-Secure’ Festival and are submitting our detailed proposals for their consideration this week.

All the scientific advice is that people are at far less risk of catching the virus outdoors than indoors. Our proposals for a ‘Covid-Secure’ Festival reflect this.

We know some artists especially those from abroad won’t be able to attend due to travel restrictions but we still have a great line-up in place for what may be the only festival you can attend this summer.

If it’s felt safe for people to leave their houses and enjoy the great outdoors again by August, we’re sure many people will be keen to do so. That said, we recognise there may be other people unwilling or unable to do so.

If our Wickham Festival does go-ahead in August we will allow anyone unable to attend the option of rolling-over your tickets to next year at no extra cost.

If our Festival does not go-ahead in August, all ticket-holders will be able to roll-over tickets to 2021. Refunds will also be available to those unable to attend our 2021 dates (5th-8th August 2021).

Wickham is run on a voluntary ‘not-for-profit’ basis with a shorter ‘build’ period than many bigger festivals. The local licensing authority are content for us to adopt a ‘wait & see’ policy as the situation develops. Crucially, our Medical Team are able and willing to provide our usual 24/7 medical cover without taking resources away from the NHS or other emergency services.

For all these reasons we can afford to wait a bit longer to see how the situation develops. We will keep alive the hope of staging this year’s Festival for as long as we can but will have to
take a final decision by 1st July at the very latest.

We hope this information is helpful to you. We will update it when anything changes. If you have any queries do please email us via eastfest@talk21.com and we’ll try to help.

Finally, may we thank you for your continued support at a very difficult & worrying time for all of us. While Government lockdown restrictions remain in place, please stick to them. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again at Wickham be it this August or in a year’s time.

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    Line-Up Announcement! Of the 55 acts booked for Wickham 2020 before Covid arrived, 52 are now confirmed for Wickham 2021. They include the wonderful Nick Lowe seen in this special lockdown video with the Southsea Alternative Choir.
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    P.S. The three 2020 acts still to be confirmed for 2021 are The Local Honeys, Gaz Brookfield and Leo Sayer. We're waiting to hear if they're available next August. If they are, we'll be booking them as well.

    If the Fitzgerald Family are touring UK at festival time, you should certainly book them.

    Fingers crossed.... Larmer Tree already cancelled for next year ????

    Any plans to book a headline act for the Friday night ?

    Fantastic news! 🎶

    Hope Leo Sayer confirms.

    Great news!

    Gaz Broomfield is ace

    Yey!!! Go Wickham!!!

    Are the Troublenotes booked again please?

    Love this announcement. Love this video - can we get the Choir to join Nick on stage for this classic song??

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    🎼🎸We had our own Wickham at home, although since it would never be quite the same, called it BasyFest 2K20. We camped for 2 nights, had a Bar, Main Stage, and our very own Cheezy Vinyl Bar as well as wrist bands, tickets, programmes etc. We had a great time! 🎹🎶🎻🎷

    In the meantime we have all those lovely CD's of some famous and some obscure bands brought back from festival music stands to play and enjoy. I am listening to the Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican right now, what a show those guys put on bloody hilarious, the record brings it all back! Cara Dillon next for me. Love browsing the music stall at Wickham and always bring home a fistful of discs 😁

    I really hope so. I’m not the only one feeling a little bereft after a summer of no festivals I’m sure

    And we my friend are going to be at all !! U know this no more watching the world go by! One life live it and We will together my amazing friend !! Can’t wait to enjoy life with u again u deserve it !!! Xxx

    Larmer Tree has already cancelled 2021 which is both ominous and depressing. 😕

    I soo missed going to the festival

    I hope so. Festivals this summer are the things I have missed most this year 🙁

    Completely agree!

    Absolutely can't wait for all that good stuff to come back again

    Can't wait.... outside music is awesome x

    We will be there covid willing!

    Can't bloody wait! 😍

    Andie Merc cannot wait till we can do this again missed our festivals this year

    I do hope so.

    Looking forward to dancing for you again next year 😀

    One day but we can still go hunting omg

    Yessss 💪🏼

    Let's hope so.

    Sometimes feels hard to believe.. 😔

    🙏👏👏👏👏👍😎🍻🤘🙏🥂🙏🥂 xxx

    So are football teams only playing 5 a side?

    Sue Drawbridge ❤️❤️❤️

    Leanne Marie Greenwood

    You won’t ever get it back if you don’t stop complying 🤷🏼‍♂️

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    A lovely little video showing our recent drive-in picnic concert with Show of Hands plus a look ahead to next summer's Wickham Festival. 2021 tickets now onsale at 2020 prices via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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    Brilliant effort!!! Sounds amazing! We want to play too 😁👍🏻 what a great vibe x

    2021 tickets available at 2020 prices for a limited period via this link www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

    Yay, twice in the background with Tim, Lizzie and Yvonne

    Great gig!

    Anneliese Rowland Lewis Gunter we're famous

    Charli 😍

    Does a weekend ticket cover Thursday aswell?

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