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Wickham Festival Gallery 2019

It’s that time of year again when you can try and can spot yourself in our new Wickham Festival 2019 Gallery. As the days are getting shorter it all seems a long while ago we were enjoying the summer so we hope they’ll stir some fond memories of this year’s event. Thanks again to Guy Reece of Striking Faces fame and all our team of photographers for snapping some brilliant pictures to help us reminisce. If you see Guy next year remember to give him a Wickham “W” pose…

Happy times at Wickham Festival 1st – 4th August 2019. Thank you to everyone that attended and being such a friendly bunch … it was a fantastic weekend!

If you’re viewing the gallery on a desktop or laptop you can share an image by hovering / clicking an image and clicking on the heart in the top right hand side. In case you’re not following all our line up announcements on Facebook and Twitter here is a quick recap of artists we’ve already booked for 2020. No headliners yet but we have some exciting announcements coming soon.

In response to many requests we’re delighted to confirm that the amazing American guitarist Stanley Jordan will be returning to Wickham in 2020. He’ll be performing a special ‘Stanley plays Jim’ Hendrix set with his trio to recreate Jimi’s legendary performances at Woodstock and, 50 years on, his final show at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

Stanley Jordan performing at Wickham in 2019. He’ll be back in the summer with some friends with a special Hendrix performance recreating Jimi’s legendary Woodstock performance.

We’ll be welcoming Britain’s top acoustic duo Show of Hands who’ve just released their new album ‘Battlefield Dance Floor’. Other artists include Tankus the Henge, Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Scottish songstress Eddi Reader, Flutatious, Nick Parker & The False Alarms, Mànran, Teesside trio The Young’Uns, American blues legend Lil’ Jimmy Reed, The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Hattie Hatstar, Old Blind Dogs and finally Wickham favourites Edward II to get you on your feet.

In other news once again we’re donating £5,000 from tickets, t-shirts & programme sales to the Two Saints charity who do great work helping the homeless in our local area.  They offer good quality homeless services including accommodation with support and resettlement, in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Kiefer Sutherland supporting ‘Two Saints’ at this year’s Festival.

Don’t forget if you want to make a massive £50 saving for 2020 please visit our tickets page. The sooner you buy tickets the more you save!

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    Described as 'truly exceptional' by BBC Introducing, York-based singer-songwriter Rachel Croft is newly added to our line-up. Check her out www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKEqb_0Zrc8 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Lovely voice, keeps getting better!!!!

    Fantastic! 😊

    Hmmm never heard of her before but I like that....quite a lot. 🤔

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the recent News Guide Awards. We finished 2nd in the 'Best Event' category, beaten only by the 75th anniversary of D-Day commemorations featuring The Queen, World Leaders and Donald Trump! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Well done to the Wickham Festival team! 🎶

    Quite an achievement considering Victorious Festival in Southsea is a competitor.

    That’s where you missed out then. If only Queen had been headlining. Well done. An impressive result.

    You would have won had you booked The Undertones or The Members !!!

    And well done btw!!!!!

    Well done !👍

    Well yes, that’s because you had Alabama 3 their 😉

    I’m assuming that you are not considering inviting Donald Trump ? 😬😬

    It’ll be 1st this year!! 🥇🥇

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    Another fantastic live band, CoCo and the Butterfields, confirmed for Wickham 2020. www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLpwyDHJ6jKj8dfZXuQ2N-dtZsYX11ft8R&v=IXqqcgjkt-8&feature=emb_logo ... See MoreSee Less

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    Congratulations to Wickham Festival, achieving runner up at The News Guide Awards tonight for one off event. 👋👋 Pipped at the post by 75th anniversary of D Day which featured on the world stage, so fair enough!

    Reminds me a little of ‘Dream Academy’- nice sound!

    Ooh don’t know these. Will have a listen! 👍

    Great band live.cannot wait

    Excellent news.....but still not Midge Ure 💜

    Excellent band.


    At last!

    Getting worried about clashes now. Such a good lineup so far.

    This guys are absolutely amazing live!

    Karina Steeden .. it keeps getting better . 👍👏

    Yassssss Daniel Clifford Bryant Ashleigh Owen

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    Good things come in threes! After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 we've another artist announcement coming tonight. A clue: English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    Good things come in threes!  After announcing Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets plus John Otway & Willy Barrett for Wickham 2020 weve another artist announcement coming tonight.  A clue:  English indie-pop band, much requested by you, our audience.  Any guesses?

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    CoCo and the Butterfields now announced. Thanks for all the guesses and congratulations to Edward Coppock for guessing right.

    Hmmm. Well most of the guesses so far have been wide of the mark. The band describe themselves as English indie-pop but maybe a better description would be to liken them to Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Police Dog Hogan...

    Still got my fingers crossed for Midge Ure ❤️💜 Go on Wickham....you know you want to 😘

    Dodgy? But would like to see the Divine comedy.

    Look at a great vocalist Horse!!!! Saw her do a small gig on IOW Thinks she’d go down brilliantly!!!

    Los Straitjackets that amazing. Been waiting to see them for years.

    The Correspondents Caro Emerald Jamie Berry Feat The Speakeasy Three Dead south ( i wish but Canadian ) Caro Emerald Don Johnson Band

    Hope it’s S Club 7

    Watch out for the flowers 'cos I'm sure they're gonna get you yeah!

    CoCo and the Butterfields flight brigade

    Its Steps isn't it? I knew you'd give in one year if I kept going on about it!

    It’s not Fake Thackray is it??? 😀

    Blur , The Smiths, Florence and the Machine, Gorrillaz, Lilly Allen, The Stone Roses, Pulp, The kooks, Keane, Jamiroquai, Noisettes, Kate Nash, Lighning Seeds, The Vamps, ok i am out of UK indie pop bands..🤔

    Lightning seeds I bet

    The Levellers?

    Travis. Now they would be a great addition to an already fantastic lineup.

    I'm hoping someones going to book Pat Benatar, Heart, Lyta Ford or Vixen some good old 80's ladies hair rock

    We’re hoping for Tears for Fears or Wilko Johnson not really Indie pop though!

    Still hoping for Hipsway 🤞🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 If I post often enough perhaps you’ll give in for some peace and quiet!!

    Who was it then?

    Forget Otway & Co and book The Slambovians!!!!!!!

    The ballaugh’s Mike Wade 😍

    Gotta be The Lightning Seeds. Superb last time

    What’s that coming over the hill is it a monster. No it’s the Automatic.

    Since no-one's mentioned The Wonder Stuff yet, I will. Edit: oh, someone did. As you were.

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    We're delighted to announce that the wonderful Nick Lowe will be at Wickham on Saturday 8th August with his Rock 'n' Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets. The composer of classic songs like 'Cruel to be Kind', 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass', '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding' (a hit for Elvis Costello) and 'I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll' will be joined by one of the world's finest guitar bands, Los Straitjackets, for a rare UK Festival appearance. Day & Weekend tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXRtGnI5H5E ... See MoreSee Less

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    Producer for Elvis Costello; Graham Parker and The Rumour; Dr Feelgood (for whom he co-wrote 'Milk and Alcohol'); and The Damned. A member of Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). A noted figure in power pop and new wave, he performed at the first Glastonbury Festival (and was invited back in 2019), released the first single on Stiff Records, and has recorded & produced many fine records of his own. Los Straitjackets from Surf City have been described as the world's leading instrumental guitar band. This will be a great night!

    Wonderful! Wickham Festival.... The gift that keeps on giving!

    cool, like a bit of Nick Lowe.

    Fantastic Wickham! Last seen with Rockpile January 1980, I recall a very boozy set up in Newcastle. Thanks, can't wait 😍😍

    Love it, thank you Wickham Festival, first timers last year & had a brilliant time 👍

    A fabulous coup!! Wickham you just keep on pulling better and better announcements out of the hat - can't wait for this year's festival! :D

    Oh brilliant it’s my birthday on the 8th too!

    Bought Jesus of Cool and played it to death! Ace choice! 😉

    Bulls eye! They were fantastic at Engine Rooms last summer Top signing!

    Nick Lowe is excellent live.

    I have to say I went to see him a few years ago and was very disappointed - he played hardly any of his hits and his music wasn't of the style I was expecting. He's still a good musician and singer though, so I hope he plays a set suitable for the festival - including the hits you've mentioned, that we all know and love!

    Absolutely ACE!



    The Jesus Of Cool!

    Thank you

    Brilliant news , how about booking Graham Parker as well ?


    Annie - just ‘wow’!!! 😀😀

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    Andrew Price

    Claire Askam

    David Kentish 👍

    Robert Eastwood Jane Eastwood Dave Malzard

    Pamela Horrigan

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