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Wickham Festival wins “Best Festival” category in The Portsmouth News Guide Awards, Hampshire!

What an incredible night we had at The Portsmouth News Culture Guide Awards winning the “Best Festival” category supported by the ever popular Victorious Festival. The Culture Guide Awards is the night that The Portsmouth News honour the best in local entertainment, from bands to artists and actors to films.

This is the second time we’ve won a Best Festival award, having previously won Best Festival (Capacity under 15,000) in the 2015 Live UK Music Business Awards. Tonight’s accolade means an awful lot to us as it’s a public vote in our local area, organized by our local newspaper. Of course we’d like to thank everyone that voted for us!

News reporter Millie Salkeld presents Peter Chegwyn and Graham Hiley of Wickham Festival with the trophy for Best Festival. Photo © Sarah Standing.

As many of you know we always support and promote our nearby Hampshire area, be it by having many local bands both signed and unsigned performing throughout the weekend, or supporting local businesses in and around the Wickham area. In 2018 we once again donated £5,000 from our Festival to the incredible Two Saints charity based in Fareham, Hampshire who do great work helping homeless and vulnerable young people in our area.

Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn handing over the cash to Hazel Newton from Two Saints.

To receive an award voted by our local community has been a real boost for our team morale! Our line up for 2019 is already strong but in the next two weeks we’ll be making more announcements so watch this space.

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    2020 will be our 15th Wickham Festival (inc. two held at Stokes Bay). Who or what have you enjoyed most in that time? ... See MoreSee Less

    2020 will be our 15th Wickham Festival (inc. two held at Stokes Bay).  Who or what have you enjoyed most in that time?

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    Music wise: the Waterboys (great to see them back), Gilbert O'Sullivan, Wilko, Tom Robinson, Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Trevor Horn Band, Spike's AllStars, Undertones, Hattie Hatstar, Tankus the Henge and so many more. Other wise: Real ale, great food, friendly atmosphere, brief escapes into Wickham, Hand to Mouth puppets, great campsite and so much more. This year will be our 7th Wickham and it's the highlight of our year. May there be many more.

    Treacherous Orchestra last summer: I had high expectations and they delivered in spades :-)

    Show of Hands, Stanley Jordan, Lindisfarne and Seth Lakeman

    Last year was my first time at wickham. For me skinny lister , dreadzone and the proclaimers. The friendly people and the free shuttle bus . Hope to come this year

    Having discovered Wickham Music Festival 6 years ago we have been back ever since (having ditched Cropredy after 25 years of attendance) and Wickham is truly superb. The atmosphere, the countryside, the village, the beer, the stalls and of course the music make it a fabulous event !! Best bands ? 10cc, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Tom Robinson Music, Merry Hell, Holy Moly and the Crackers,Lindisfarne Live,John Otway, Skinny Lister, Show of Hands, the list goes on and on. Keep on doing what you do !!

    The Blockheads - such a tight band still, great musicians

    10cc Graham Nash The men they couldn’t hang Tom Robinson Fisherman’s Friends Seth Lakemen and many more 🌹

    The South,Dhol Foundation, Barsteward Sons, Holy Moly, Skinny Lister, Otway.....ooooo too many 🥰

    10CC, Show of Hands (never tire of seeing them), Kate Rusby, Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Treacherous Orchestra, The South, Vent du Nord, Spooky Men, Barsteward Sons, Les Barker....could go on. The beer tent, the stalls, the atmosphere - and Bunny Chow!

    So far, Tankus The Henge stand out as having been awesome. Lots of great artists and too many to name but TTH give great entertainment.

    Just discovering the festival in 2015, which introduced me to incredible musicians and folk music and encouraged me to seek out live music and other brilliant artists. I will be forever grateful :). (attended 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019) (In particular, Seth Lakeman, Kadia, Skerryvore, Show of Hands, Electric Eden, Devin-Jade, Alice Milburn, Tom Millichamp, Richard Morris, John Adams & Megson)

    A first and a last for me. My introduction to John Cooper Clarke was at Wickham, loved him ever since. And a last chance to see the legend that was Roy Bailey, obviously not well but determined to carry on. Forever in my memory. Wickham I only wish you lasted a week, then I could see all the wonderful artists you book.

    Tankus the Henge, Big Brother Soul, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Toyah, Jools Holland, Fisherman's Friends, Dhol Foundation and many more. Had a blast last summer, cracking line up every time I go. Always good entertainment between acts with the Morris dancing, puppet shows and comedy acts as well

    Hazel O'Connor The stranglers The Proclaimers Hugh Cornwell. Gilbert O'Sullivan Barbara Dickson Small Town Big Brother Soul. Always a great chilled out family festival whatever the weather. 😎☔🌞🤠

    The atmosphere, the campsites, the atmosphere on the campsites, the laid-back approach, the commitment and dedication of the organisers.......oh, and the music!! Steve Harley (and finding out what his son is up to each year!), The Levellers, Show of Hands, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Caravan of Thieves and that awesome version of Bohemian Rhapsody, Tankus, trying to guess which band Sam Sweeney will be playing in each year.......I could go on virtually indefinitely!

    Wait until The Peat & Diesel juggernaut rolls into the village this year.....🙁🙁I cant make it 🎸🎸🎹🎹🎸🎸🎤🎤🎶🎶

    Tankus the Henge, Gilmore & Roberts, Tom Robinson, the Spooky Men, Merry Hell, the Young 'Uns, Oysterband, Edward II, Roger Chapman. Much more besides. Plus great beer and (usually) great weather. Just wish there was a shuttle bus from Fareham.

    1. Atmosphere amazing. 2. Venue amazing. 3. People amazing. 7 years ago I popped my festival cherry by coming to Wickham with my wonderful, soon to be wife, Becca Knight and the great man that is Skyline Drifter. We’ve been back as soon to be parent times ....... new parent times ...... and now we have an amazing son who’s shared his first few years as a Wickham-ite. One of our favourite times of year when it comes around. Love and respect. We’re all glad to see Tankus back this year. Callum’s their number 1 fan and he’s hoping for another hay fight with Jaz .........

    One for the road on one of the smaller stages, they were brilliant! Such an intimate festival and it would be great to see them on a larger stage. 😁👍

    Expected The South, unexpected The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. Special mention to Otway I knew I would like but chuffed that Wickys loved it to.

    Too many great bands to name but highlights include - Steve Earl, the val doonicans, tankus the henge, the dohl foundation, the proclaimers grace petrie, billy bragg and the stranglers

    So much that is good about the festival, not least that it’s local to me! Still bring the motorhome though and have had varying experiences as you’ve tried to accommodate us all! Every year there is something different to experience and each year you try to better the previous years experience! Last year was a venture into a different campsite area. Took some getting used to but got to experience the farm shop more for goodies. The under cover arena facilities have pluses and minuses. Chairs are a pain but also a need if in controlled areas. The music is always great with some bands that show the festival punches above its weight. No downside to the festival from me (except the occasional weather issue! 😉).

    Just being there. Book my ticket for the year after while I am there because I know it will be a great lineup. First and second time seeing Jools was at Wickham though so that was a bit special

    Volunteering and meeting like minded people, Frank Turner last year was just unbelievable.

    Show of Hands, many times; Oyster Band, several times; Saltfishfish Forty, a couple of times; Dóchas, just once, never forgotten.

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    Back by popular request. The Marching SKAletons will be leading a merry dance around our Festival site as well as performing onstage Saturday lunchtime www.youtube.com/watch?v=fILLCdsUEXQ ... See MoreSee Less

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    Great! Will you be able to sort out the wasp problem! Last year they were everywhere, especially the vip areas. Many thanks Wickham😊

    Looks intriguing 💖 we must have missed them before ... so good to have another chance 🎶

    This years line up just gets better and better. Roll on August !

    Fab!

    👍🏼👍🏼

    Daniel Fell! 😁😁😁

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    Great new video of 2019 highlights added to our Wickham YouTube channel today. Thanks to Stuart Barry. Click on the link below to enjoy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMq9zp96SJc ... See MoreSee Less

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    A reminder of our line-up so far for Wickham 2020. Click on the photo to enlarge.

    Wickham Music Festival, when will we know who the remaining headliners are please as family waiting to buy day tickets

    Andrew Rowland, amazing atmosphere and music you will love on one stage or another. xx.

    Couldn't spot us in the video from last year James Cross 😁. (Spotted you though Scott Doonican) 👍

    Seen it and shared to some other motorhome websites.

    Any chance of John Moreland this year ? 😀

    Dale Wesley Calderbank, see if you can spot Steve.

    Have you seen this Noels, Ras Folkster? x

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    It's on days like today that one looks forward to summer. 😀 2020 Wickham Festival 6th-9th Aug. 2020. Have you got your tickets yet? Line-up so far here: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk inc. The Waterboys & Nick Lowe with more headliners to come. Enjoy last summer's video by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERnNnkFHPWI ... See MoreSee Less

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    Completely agree, roll on summer & Wickham Festival 2020.. have got the IOW Festival first however! 😉✌🏻

    Great line-up, at the moment it looks more fun and stronger quality than the Somerset based effort.

    Excellent line-up! Anybody else would be a bonus...

    Can’t come soon enough!!!! ☀️☀️☀️

    Can’t wait

    Can't wait!

    How about Fun Lovin Criminals as Thursday headliners? Their vibe would suit Wickham perfectly.

    Oh, and my guesses for forthcoming announcements are either Big Country (please) or Supergrass - just a thought 😀😀- 179 days 😂😂

    Only if I can see Black Smoke Rebellion again

    Can't wait for Justin Capps and the Cavaliers 😊🤠🥂😘 x x

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