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Wickham Festival postponed to 2021

Dear Friends,

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you for your patience and support while we’ve been navigating our way through this very difficult time – it really does mean so much to all our Wickham Festival Team.

Sadly, it is with very heavy hearts that we are being forced to postpone our 2020 Wickham Festival to 2021.

Until a few days ago we were hopeful of being able to stage our Festival as planned this August.

We have invested a considerable amount of time and money in drawing-up detailed plans for the UK’s first ‘Covid-Secure’ Festival and had received a very favourable response from all who had seen our plans.

Sadly, in the last few days, two things have changed:

  • The Government issued an edict stating that no live concerts can be held at the present time. Although clearly aimed at indoor venues the Government have yet to make clear whether it also applies to outdoor venues. If it does, we would not be able to have any musical performances. No music = no Festival.
  • The Government have also re-introduced lockdown measures in Leicester and have stated other local lockdowns may follow if Covid infections increase. We cannot take the risk that fresh lockdown measures may suddenly be imposed just days before our Festival and force us to cancel at the very last moment.

We’re aware that many of you will share our sadness at not being able to escape to the countryside and enjoy a wonderful weekend of fantastic live music in August.

We also know that many of you who’d bought tickets were uneasy about attending while Covid is still out there. We have always said your safety must come first and had promised you could rollover your tickets to 2021. It will mean a huge amount to us if you are willing to do so.

The good news is that all our artist bookings are being rolled-over to August 2021. Everyone booked to appear at this year’s Festival will now appear in 2021 instead.

If you’ve booked tickets for this year’s festival your tickets will be automatically rolled-over to 2021. You don’t have to do anything other than keep hold of your tickets and use them next year. If you had an Under-10 ticket for a 9-year-old or an Under-16 ticket for a 15-year-old, don’t worry, they will remain valid for 2021. Likewise, all glamping bookings remain valid for next summer.

By rolling-over your tickets to next year you not only get to see this year’s line-up at this year’s prices, you also help to secure the future of our Festival. In common with every other festival that’s been forced to postpone, we have taken a huge financial ‘hit’ with many tens of thousands of pounds already spent that cannot be recouped.

We will be hugely grateful if you can keep hold of your tickets and use them next year rather than seek a refund but for those who can’t make next year’s dates refunds will be available.
We will email all ticket purchasers within the next 48 hours explaining how to apply for a refund. We’re also setting-up a Crowdfunder page for those willing to help us survive this difficult time.

Finally, may we thank you for your continued support at a very difficult & worrying time for all of us. While some Government lockdown restrictions remain in place, please stick to them. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again next summer for what will be our 15th birthday party… and we promise we will make it our best-ever Festival.

With very best wishes, The Wickham Festival Team
New dates: Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th August 2021

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    Another lovely video from last weekend's 'Virtual Wickham' organised by our friends at The Magic Teapot. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Thank you to everyone who came to our 'drive-in picnic' concert with Show of Hands last Friday. Organised jointly with Sound Level Events it proved to be a most enjoyable evening and helped keep live music alive in these troubled times. ... See MoreSee Less

    Thank you to everyone who came to our drive-in picnic concert with Show of Hands last Friday.  Organised jointly with Sound Level Events it proved to be a most enjoyable evening and helped keep live music alive in these troubled times.

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    It was fab....do you mind if I use this pic as my screensaver? Thank you so much for organising. A great experience.x

    Wonderful event gave a little hope of attending the festival next year. Can’t wait!

    What a brilliant idea. A perfect evening with fantastic music. Thanks for sorting. Local event for me. Looking forward to Wickham festival next year 🤞

    Oor wee show of hands light show x

    Loved it!

    Fantastic evening, thank you 👏

    Lovely evening...

    It was brilliant Just a shame that separation meant that the guys couldn’t hear how much we all enjoyed it.

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    Another lovely video from our friends at The Magic Teapot who should have been with us at Wickham this weekend. This video features The New England Spirit Animals. Enjoy... and pop over to The Magic Teapot for some more Wickham-related videos. ... See MoreSee Less

    A lovely video from our friends at The Magic Teapot who should have been joining us at Wickham this weekend. Have a peep, enjoy the video and the others on their page at The Magic Teapot ... See MoreSee Less

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    Funnily enough we were talking about it last night, loved this place at Wickham

    Another video newly added to our YouTube Channel. The Spooky Mens Chorale at Wickham 2019 (Credit Stuart Barry). Hopefully The Spookies will be back at Wickham in 2021.
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    First time I'd seen them at Wickham last year & they were fantastic, so entertaining 👍

    They were brilliant, great fun, all very talented, and very funny! Loved the hats! 💕

    My favourite Singing group. Please have them back! 🎼🤓

    Finally had my leave confirmed for next year so ticket ordered. So looking forward to having something to look forward to - if you get my drift 😀

    Was another amazing performance, Spooky Men just get better every time I see you!

    They were absolutely amazing, you must get them back.

    Brilliant. So much to look forward to.

    Loved them!

    That would be so great if you could get them back for next year! By the way, is Eddi Reader confirmed, as she recently put out tour dates for next year, but Wickham wasn't included?

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    Most excellent ... as we had (yet another) weekend with nowhere to go, we staged a mini wickham festival in our garden, the crowd went wild ... 🕺🎶💃

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