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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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    It's a record! With 4 months to go we've already sold more weekend season tickets than ever before. Thank you to all who've bought. If you've yet to do so don't leave it too late, we're heading for a sell-out! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Its a record!  With 4 months to go weve already sold more weekend season tickets than ever before.  Thank you to all whove bought.  If youve yet to do so dont leave it too late, were heading for a sell-out! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Great work guys.

    Great work Wickham - see you in the summer!

    And tidelines are awesome !

    Will you have the 2 metre distancing rule in place???

    Not forgetting The Slambovian Circus of Dreams from New York State? (www.slambovia.com)

    I like Van Morrison! 😁

    Wickham has a great line-up this year.

    Wow! Van Morrison, The Waterboys AND Nick Lowe. Bring it on 😃😃😃

    What are weekend season tickets?

    Jeremy Wilson

    Good o 👍😁

    Edmund Nicholls 😀😀

    Will you offer any more ‘specials’ like you did for the crowd funding? 🍺 🚽😉

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    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening. Won't be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again. Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Great to see outdoor beer gardens opening.  Wont be long before we can raise a glass on our Wickham Festival fields again.  Less than four months to go, tickets selling fast 😃 www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Bought our rhubarb cider direct from Lilleys last year. Bloody lovely

    I’ve arranged a heatwave

    Fab fammily festival

    Can’t wait 🍻

    Salud 😎🍻🎶

    Jayne MW Michael Dickinson Lauren Burton We should do something like this 🤣🤣🤣

    Pam Smart what are we wearing?

    Pauline Whiteman

    Looking forward to it 1😊

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    Four months today The Waterboys will be bringing this year's Wickham Festival to a rousing finish as they return to Wickham for the first time since 2013. Have you got your tickets yet? They're selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zEvq5wLHNw ... See MoreSee Less

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    So looking forward to this 🤩 Received my Tshirt this weekend 😊

    Don’t talk about the finish 😭

    I wish I was a fisherman !

    Can't wait 😊

    Love this tune, great video as well !!!!! 💚💚💚💚💚

    Can't wait!

    Catherine Ellis 👍👍

    Tara Casey , what do you think

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    We're looking forward to welcoming the legendary Van Morrison to this year's Wickham Festival. Plus The Waterboys; Lindisfarne; Capercaillie; Show of Hands; The South; Nick Lowe & many, many more. Tickets selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Were looking forward to welcoming the legendary Van Morrison to this years Wickham Festival.  Plus The Waterboys; Lindisfarne; Capercaillie; Show of Hands; The South; Nick Lowe & many, many more.  Tickets selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Finger crossed that everybody behaves themselves before then so that Wickham can go ahead. Can you tell me when T shirt orders will be shipped out please?

    We r all looking forward to this gig thanks fir putting in such a great lineup

    Got my ticket 🤞🤞🤞

    Can't wait ❤️❤️

    He should’ve had his second jab by then 🤭

    Darran Hibbert

    Marcia

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