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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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    We were back on our fields today (Tuesday) looking at site layout options for 2020. The Big Top has now gone. All that's left to go is one very lonely looking disabled portaloo on our tented campsite at Westlands Farm. ... See MoreSee Less

    We were back on our fields today (Tuesday) looking at site layout options for 2020.  The Big Top has now gone.  All thats left to go is one very lonely looking disabled portaloo on our tented campsite at Westlands Farm.

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    I love Wickham Festival. The atmosphere is great as well as the bands. Will be there next year. Well done organisers.

    Brilliant time had, well done! I would only ask for more water points in tent camping, it was a long walk! Also, toilets in the arena were pretty good, but perhaps a few in another spot? The ones outside the gate were closed on day 2 so must have been well used!

    Last year there was seating outside the cider and ale tent. Definitely more seating for next year please.

    We really enjoyed this year's festival and in comparison with others we think it's the best so far. Extending the arena down to the point of the step free access would be a good idea but it would also be good to have a map of the whole site including campsites available a few days before the event. Some of the signs for quiet camping, dropping off got hidden by cars, tents and some were knocked flat before the end of Wednesday.

    2019 was our fifth Wickham Festival and we could see that improvements have been made each year. No festival can get everything right and please everybody all the time but Wickham hit the mark for us, more so than others we have been to. There are some good suggestions for further improvements which no doubt will be considered but let’s not forget that their are restrictions placed by the landscape, council regulations and health and safety. Also let’s not forget the enormous amount of work put in by the organisers and the volunteers that make this a festival that a lot of people come back to each year. 👍

    We were on the campervan field and possibly one of the furthest away from the main site, with children and lots of walking back and forth BUT at £30 camping for the whole weekend and a clean/ tidy/ quiet site I’d happily camp there again! No complaints here and plenty of room for the kids unofficial wickham festival sports day 😁☀️👍🏻

    Haven't all these moaning minnies heard of torches? You know its going to be dark when you walk back. Can't see why it's always the organisers fault . You provided lights and a very safe crossing point for us. Thank you Wickham for wonderful festival, already booked for next year.

    This was our first Wickham and we loved it, we’ll definitely be back next year. Our main problem was being spoilt for choice between acts on the main two stages, we didn’t even get to the smaller stages. The random bus trip to the site, with entertaining drivers was a plus, and the walk back through the woods was fine after a couple of ciders. Could the festival site be stretched a bit into the disabled car park field that was mostly empty? A bit more separation between the tents would help with the sound crossing over between the two.

    Can't wait to come next year for my first time. It looked fabulous and the lineups were awesome this year.

    All in all a great Festival. Well done to everyone involved. One of the best festival line ups in recent years. We were lucky it seems we only had a short walk to the arena and didn’t have to negotiate ‘the steps’. One thing that would give it a bit more if a festival atmosphere would be some big flags next time.

    Thank you for a great festival. My first at Wickham. I would have loved a quiet area to go to when feeling the need!. It was all quite busy on the main thoroughfares.

    Re: site options. Great having the parking back over the road but close by. If possible, keeping features like Folk Orc on a flatter area would be good - we had some fun keeping ourselves and our music stands upright! 😁

    I thought it was great - didn’t take that long to get a cab from McCarthy’s or to get to our car further down the road.. 30 minutes tops. Maybe a few hay bales around the site to rest weary legs and to sit down and have something to eat. Well done Wickham Festival x

    Looking forward to being there next year after a bit of a break

    Thanks for a great time! Yes the bus service seemed a bit random at times but that was all part of the relaxed atmosphere and the drivers were great fun

    Already counting the days to get back here! Best festival ever! Fact! 🥳🙌

    Good luck!

    This was our first wickham festival and it was fantastic,. Constructive criticism would be... In the mixed camping field you needed more than one fresh water point...... The dirty water waste containers needed to be clearly labelled as people were putting toilet waste in with grey water waste etc. There was even a lady washing her dishes on top of these containers as she didn't realise that's what they were! Lol...... There was slight confusion as to where you collected your wrist bands, so signs needed there and lastly, the walk through the woods, not a problem, but wow, you could really make it look pretty at night. Different coloured lights or something. Anyway, well done to the organisers for putting on a great line up and generally what was an easy going great festival. Hope to be back next year. 😁❤️

    We enjoyed the comedy tent late at night but it was over-subscribed to a point where it seemed dangerous with all those folk packed in. Maybe put that in one of the bigger tents next year? Great festival though - already booked our early-birds!

    Panactical were just fantastic !! A local youth steel pan band from Eastleigh literally made my day when they played the dance stage on Saturday at 12 o’clock, you have to book them again, just brilliant and drew in an audience. Bigger stage for them next year please 🌞 I love wickham.

    Definitely more lighting towers

    The caravan camping field was really good, I might take my bike next year.

    Need more water taps in the caravan field. 1 when we arrived on Wednesday, a further one was added later.

    Have tried to call this pages number and email lost property which didn’t work as have lost a vehicle key at some point over the festival. Could someone help please, thank you.

    Its strange to see the field empty😕roll on 2020😁

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    Not long to next year's Wickham Festival. Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August 2020. The time will pass quickly 😄 ... See MoreSee Less

    Not long to next years Wickham Festival.  Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August 2020.  The time will pass quickly 😄

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    ...it will hope to go again next year can't wait to see the line up.

    We’ve booked for 2020!

    We absolutely loved it this year and the grassroots camping was wonderful in our 1975 VW camper van. Can’t wait for 2020 festival. We’d like to offer up the phenomenal Carlos Nunez band for discussion as just returned from an incredible Festival Interceltique Lorient the year of Galicia where Carlos Nunez stole the show and the hearts of the people in the most spectacular way before heading to the Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland the following day following in the Chieftains footsteps. So for 2020 I propose The Chieftains and Carlos Nunez for a headline spot.

    Question. The calls to return to the stubble field for motorhomes etc. Surely this field is a nightmare in bad weather. Appreciate the some see this as part of the "festival experience " but from my view the grass field was excellent.

    All booked for next year . Please keep the grass site. So much nicer to sit out on with children, also not so rutty to drive over . We all loved the wooded area to walk home at in the dark.

    Already booked and looking forward to the line up!

    Afraid I don’t agree with those who want to return to the stubble field! I loved the field with the longer walk. Really lovely walk through the woods and a shuttle bus for those who didn’t fancy it. Not so closely packed in and flatter areas. Loved it! Same again next year please!

    No it won't! Time passes quickly from the moment Alastair steps onto the main stage for the first time until we say our sad goodbyes to the amazing friends we have made at Wickham over the years, on the Sunday night........Then it's 361 days of waiting!!!!

    Looks fantastic, thanks xx

    For those who came in 2017 with all the rain. We got towed in by a tractor, you can see by the tide line how deep the mud was. A fresh cut stubble field and water does not mix well . Over a foot of mud. Wickham Festival organisers did above and beyond getting everone in and there was some serious JCB machinery making new roads. . Never want to be on stubble again .

    Booked and already looking forward to it

    Booked already Get some amazing acts please. And make it bigger & better than ever ⭐🌈💞🎪🎶

    Excited about it x 🎉🎊

    How to better this year.....? 🤔 It will be a challenge! 😉 xx

    Just got our email confirming our early bird booking for next year. Woohoo ☺

    Thanks to Rebecca Taylor my ticket's already in the bag for next year 👍❤️

    Must admit, I cant get my head around the number of people begging for the stubble field camping again. Having had 2 punctured airbeds, uncomfortable ground yo walk ir sleep on, twisted ankles, and scratched legs and a lot of mud traipsed in the times we were in there, why would anyone want that again? Or does the location make up for all that? Personally we found the tented camping perfect from a location point of view. 10 minutes walk. Just the lack of lightning, trying to find your way in the dark and no signs & lack of facilities were a problem. But have fed back so should be better next year, hopefully:-)

    It’s gonna take forever lol mind we were lucky with the weather

    More Stanley Jordan please!

    Just been to Jack up the summer on IOW not as good as you!

    There’s a brilliant ukulele band called Strumdiddlyumptious from the Portsmouth area who would be brilliant for the festival. They regularly play at the Victorious festival

    See you all next year.

    Already booked! Liz Ellcome Sarah Billingham

    Got to agree with Angela Andrew. The new field is not worth the long, long walk. Can we go back to the stubble please ?

    When will we know which artists are playing. I cannot wait 😂😂😂

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    The Pink Milkfloat printing press proved very popular at Wickham this year. What did you like most at this year's Festival? ... See MoreSee Less

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    It all looks really great x

    The Silent Disco! Loved it. Bring it back next year please xx

    First visit to Wickham Festival. We weren't sure what to expect but loved the lineup so booked tickets for our honeymoon, drove up from the end of Cornwall and loved it all. Certainly worth the drive up. The Magic Teapot was amazing. We've booked already 😊

    Nash! Worth the price of the ticket on the first evening! Lots of tears this year, of nostalgia, but mainly of sheer joy at the awesomeness of some of those Celtic musicians ...

    The Cheezy Vinyl Bar was the BEST food outlet you have ever had there! Please have them back next time!

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned how good the programme book is at Wickham. Excellent write ups on all the artists however well or little known they may be and all the information you could possibly want. Well done to whoever designs them!

    We lived it all, again. Magic teapot was great. My wife loved the pizzas, her best ever!

    The silent disco, the magic teapot and generally the fabulous music and wonderful atmosphere! Loved it all...thank you! 😊

    The whole festival is great ,magic teapot very quirky, great atmosphere love it x

    The singing work shops ran by Janet were good fun, brought loads of people together and the sound we made was really uplifting. Please bring her back next year...xxx

    The Magic Teapot was great! Really hope to see it back in 2020.

    Agree with many of above- Grace Petrie- stunning The Magic Teapot- brilliant idea, magical loving fun vibe Cheesy Vinyl Bar- tho not enough tables/seating Last few years have always used n enjoyed the twisted tea room, but every time walked past wanting to go in n no spsce- becoming too popular!! It was wonderful to see an artist develops and progress- Justin Capps- saw him a few years ago in acoustic tent playing to about 6 people - his song writing n singing impressed me then. This year playing with the Cavaliers in Quay West tent- was immense- the band tight n loving the songs, Justin filling lead role with great skill and humbleness- onwards and upwards for these guys( and girl obviously!😀) A great Festival.

    The Magic Teapot was our favourite, great fun.

    The whole festival has a really great atmosphere, with an enormous selection of entertainment, some small scale groups and national talents and all in an amazing village Wickham

    Awesome Saturday and Sunday x

    For me, it will always be the music 🎶. But, congratulations and thanks also to all of the people who helped to keep the site clear of rubbish and keep the toilets clean and stocked up with paper. These people deserve medals!

    Loved the cheesy vinyl bar, the baked Camembert was amazing, please bring them back 🙏

    Loved the pink printing press! As did the kids I was with xx

    The Magic Teapot, great way to unwind and have a fab non alcoholic drink before heading home at the end of the night. Really friendly yet fun upbeat atmosphere. I hope its their next year. We've already book our tickets. 😀

    The Magic Teapot was our highlight, we loved to spend time in there every evening before heading home. Great atmosphere and a good singalong 😁

    The little bar in the Village Stage. Very very convenient when you're watching a band in there, could get another drink without missing anything. Great idea!

    Great will be back next year.😁

    The silent disco was amazing! So much fun! And everyone loved it young and old!

    My daughter loved the silent disco, I wasn’t allowed to stay and watch though! 😂

    The silent disco,even though we are all in our 60's! It was just hilarious at the end of the night. Another favourite ( always ) is The Twisted Tearooms.......tea and cake at any time is brilliant.

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    So who were your favourite three artists at Wickham 2019? And who would you like us to try and book in 2020? www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf-sj8s3Fxg ... See MoreSee Less

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    Afro Celt, Dreadzone and Alabama 3 ..... awesome festival again, thank you all for such a great time.

    How about Ade Edmunson and The Bad Shepherds?? Awesome band!!!

    Loved nick Parker, sweetchunks and dreadzone, would love to see Ferocious dog, Gilmore and Roberts and jake Martin x

    I've waited a long time to see Ralph McTell and he was awesome, Grace Petrie was amazing and such a nice person when we met her after and Frank Turner was excellent. As well as those 3 back, next year can we have Tankus the Henge, The Levellers and Robert Plant please? 😊

    The Proclaimers, TMTCH from this year and The Waterboys would be fab.

    too many great acts to name as top 3, but mine would revolve around the livelier folky stuff generally. For future and not folky, how about The Divine Comedy, that would be awesome! Shooglenifty would be good again, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman as others have said and as I've tagged and mentioned already elsewhere Thom Ashworth...

    Sam Kelly - amazing! Plus Kathryn Tickell . Ralph McTell, Steve Knightley ( as good as ever). Afro Celt band - but sound system was too loud/ buzzy to appreciate all of the different instruments. Great festival overall - my third time and certainly won't be the last! Many thanks up all.

    Ralph McTell was amazing, what a voice, and Gilbert quite a revelation in the entertainment ratings - very happy to see either again next time x

    Siobhan Miller, what a great voice. Always love that Wickham introduces me to someone or a sound I've not heard before, and this was my unexpected discovery this year. Other great moments for me this year: Vent du Nord - 'Les pieds'; Ralph McTell - drinking his tea ('not coffee, I'm British') while CD signing; Spooky Men - Crossing the Bar, must be dust in my eye; Proclaimers - singing 'Letter from America' just after my holiday to the US and Canada, Graham Nash - closing with 'this one's for the teachers in the audience'. Sorry that's more than 3, Thanks for a great festival!

    Gilbert O Sullivan, Alistair Goodwin and Afro Celt this year; Next year...Seth Lakeman, Peatbog Fairies, 10cc, Alistair G again, Dohl Foundation, to name a few! Thanks again for a wonderful festival!xx

    Great weekend, loved Level 42. Kiefer, Cara Dillon, Thee Sultan Sheiks but to name a few. Would love to see the fantastic Jack Lukeman seriously worth checking him out.

    1st Electric Eden 2nd Winter Wilson 3rd Lindisfarne For next year - Saltfish Forty, the Chilli Pipers, Dhol Foundation please

    Lil Jimmy Read was brilliant. I would love to see Squeeze or 10cc again. I would like to see a little less of the folk rock band as there were too many very similar. Gilbert goes without saying. Just a bit more variety.xx

    Ralph McTell, Vent Du Nord, Lindisfarne, Graham Nash. Would love to see KT Tunstall, Chris Smither, Martin Simpson, Richard Digance.

    So many to choose from but really enjoyed Afro Celt Sound System, Alabama Three, Elephant Sessions. Can I suggest Michael Kiwanuka (he lives in Hampshire) and another who would go down well is Jack Savoretti. At the end of the day I'm booked for next year anyways as I'm sure it will be a great festival once again.

    My faves were La Vent Du Nord, 3 Daft Monkeys & Kiefer. Would love to see Jamie & The Falcons or Los Paciminos. Jamie Moses was a regular at Gosport festival & has done Wickham with SAS Band!!!

    Only there for the Saturday so Frank Turner, Nick Parker & the false alarms and Holy Moly were my top 3! All lively and fun. Richard Hawley would be amazing

    O'Hooley and Tidow and Gadarene would be good too...

    I only visited Saturday but loved Nick Parker and Frank Turner though the line up looked amazing all weekend.

    I couldn't go this year, and REALLY want to see Frank Turner live (sods law). So pleeeeaaaaase: Frank Turner be available for next year, and Wickham Music Festival, book him up :D

    Favourite of 2019 Holy Moly & the Crackers... but loved Kiefer, Judy Collins, and lots of the quay west bands... 2020 would love to see: Waterboys, Blockheads, Levellers, James, Ferocious Dog

    Only a Sunday attendee so probably disqualifies me.... But.... - State of the Union - a total revelation. So musical, such fabulous voices... - Lindisfarne - complete showmen..! - Ralph McTell - what a story teller... For 2020 - please try to get All Our Exes Live In Texas - what an amazing combo they are! Beautiful songs and such a rapport with the crowd...

    Thank you for getting Ralph Mctell. I have been asking for a number of years and thank you for booking him. I managed to speak to him and get his autograph. Please try to get :- Martin Simpson. David Crosby. Fairport Convection. Two's Company.

    Loved Dan O’Farrell & the Difference Engine in the Quay West Cave, Keifer and Gilbert. Would love to see Squeeze again and how about putting local band Dan O'Farrell & the Difference Engine on the big stage next year? They’ve already supported The Levellers, Big Country and The Men they couldn’t hang so totally deserve it. Thanks for a wonderful weekend and huge thanks and respect to all the workers x

    Loved Level 42, Lil Jimmy Reed, Nick Parker, Proclaimers, Alabama 3, Lindisfarne, Frank Turner (of course), Men They Couldn’t Hang were awesome and other half loved Dreadzone - lots of others too. Would love The Waterboys and perhaps 10cc to return? X

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