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Wickham Festival – Day 2 review

Eddi Reader wowed the crowd with a beautiful rendition of her classic hit “It’s got to be Perfect.”

Day Two might not quite have been perfect – but the fact it was so close spoke volumes for the determination of the organisers.

Eddi Reader

With the main stage still out of action, it mean another hasty re-jig to move artists into the Big Top or the Quay West marquee.

It was a seamless transition with a fantastic atmosphere around the site as the sun shone, the arena dried out and the smiles lit up this picturesque setting.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are so proud that we managed to get this festival on despite the adversity. We had to overcome the pandemic, the weather and being let down over the main stage – but cancelling was never an option.

“Covid meant we opted for an open-air main stage and the people providing it have let us down big-time. It is genuinely not our fault. We had a contract for them to finish construction by 5pm on Tuesday and they did not deliver.

“I can sort most problems, even in bad weather. We can put down straw or bring in tractors but I can’t build a stage. So we either had to cancel or adapt – and we went ahead.


“We have always said the show will go on and this year proves that. We owe it to all our ticket-holders… to all the artists, caterers and traders many of whom have not worked in over a year.

“Most people are just glad we have managed to get the festival on so they can watch live music once again and it is wonderful to see so many smiling faces and to hear so many positive comments.”

Fans are loving the chance to watch live music again

One bonus of shuffling the schedule is that it removed the clash between two hugely popular Friends of the Festival. Originally Show of Hands and the Dhol Foundation were due to be playing at the same time on separate stages.

The new running order not only meant they not only both played the Big Top stage but they were able to team up!

It was a special moment for fans to see Johnny Kalsi and Steve Knightley combine two very different art forms!

And there was another off-the cuff treat as Eddi Reader had an impromptu dance with a roadie during her tribute to Amy Winehouse during her delightful set.

The Dhol Foundation

Over on the Quay West Stage, Peat and Diesel showed why they are forging such a strong reputation with a rousing set followed by Manran who closed the evening in style.

Now fans can look forward to a real treat with rock legend Van Morrison headlining Saturday night at Wickham.

Deacon Blue will close the evening with Nick Lowe and Set Lakeman and many others also providing real treats for the fans.


The Main Stage will again be out of action on Saturday. This is the new running order…

12.00-12.40 Megson
12.50-13.30 Young ‘uns
13.50-14.50 Nick Parker
15.10-16.10 Moya Brennan
16.30-17.45 Seth Lakeman
18.00-19.00 Nick Lowe
19.30-21.00 Van Morrison
21.30-23.00 Deacon Blue

Quay West
12.00-12.45 Chris Ricketts
13.00-13.45 Chris Wood
14.00-14.45 Alistair Goodwin Band
15.00-16.00 Martin Simpson
16.10-16.50 Hattie Hatstar
16.55-17.55 Dhol Foundation (DJ Set)
18.10-18.55 BASH!
19.15-20.00 Sad Palace
20.30-21.30 Eliza Carthy & the Restitute Band
22.00-23.00 Merry Hell

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    Many thanks to our Festival Patron, Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation, for this great video of their stunning performance at Wickham 2021. In response to numerous requests we hope to have The Dhol Foundation back at Wickham next summer.
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    They are absolutely wonderful! They should definitely be there every year 😍🤩😍

    When Johnny came back on for the drum off with Show of Hands was also a special moment

    I swear he's the happiest man in music. It's the one thing you enjoy being contagious. 😁

    Loved every moment. Brilliant.

    Love them. Got to be a Wickham constant 🙏

    When are we going to get our 2022 replacement tickets?

    Absolutely Amazing 🥰🌹🌹🌹🥰

    They’re excellent!! 👌🏻

    Love it !

    Best thing there!!

    The Best 👏👍❤

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    Great photo of Lindisfarne's Rod Clements performing at this year's Wickham Festival. Have you any photos of artists at this year's event? Please feel free to share them. ... See MoreSee Less

    Great photo of Lindisfarnes Rod Clements performing at this years Wickham Festival.  Have you any photos of artists at this years event?  Please feel free to share them.

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    'Earlybird' season tickets for Wickham 2022 selling fast. Buy B4 the end of September for just £37.50 a day with no added booking fees. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

    Not an artist, but Van Morrison's roadie making the Man a cuppa, midway during his set. Not sure what's in the bottle though.

    The fella who fiddles, what a performance by Steve Wickham, Liam and Peter 💚

    The very talented Fugitive Orchestra.

    The genius that is Mr Wood ☺

    The great Cregan & Co.

    Not to mention Mr Simpson

    The amazing Seth Lakeman

    Harrison Rhys Music on the acoustic stage

    when are the first artists being announced ?

    The litterpickers and mud.

    Van the Man

    We posted a cheque but no email as yet!

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