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Wickham Festival wins Live Music Award

THE WICKHAM Festival has been voted the best event of its kind in the country.

It has been named the Best Festival (Capacity under 15,000) at the prestigious Live UK Music Business Awards.

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The Wickham Festival team celebrate their award

They beat off strong competition from Dorset’s End of the Road and the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds to claim the crown.

The announcement was made at the gala awards evening in London last night (October 15) and is a fitting reward for the hugely successful event staged at Wickham in August when record crowds flocked to the picturesque site to see the likes of the Proclaimers, 10cc, Billy Bragg and many more.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won, especially given the quality of the opposition.

“We were thrilled just to be nominated for this coveted award and then to make the top three… but to come out on top is a fantastic achievement.

“We are stunned but very proud. It is a fitting tribute to all the people who work so hard to make this festival such a success and to create its unique relaxed atmosphere and family feel.

Peter Chegwyn
Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn shows off the trophy

“This year’s event was our best yet and I am delighted that has been recognised like this. Hopefully that will give us the impetus to make next year’s festival even better.”

Now in its sixth year, www.livemusicawards.co.uk is the only event committed to presenting awards to the business people who drive the country’s contemporary live music industry.

The awards recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, tour managers, show producers, brand impact and record label partnerships.

Chegwyn added: “The success in not just down to our staff and the artists but also to the fans who have fallen in love with the Wickham Festival so it is only right we share our success with them. Until the end of October, anyone booking an adult weekend ticket for next year can get a £50 discount.

“Although it is nice to see our efforts recognised like this, the greatest reward is seeing thousands of smiling faces – and the biggest testament to our success is that so many people come back year after year.

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The big announcement

“We have already had a record number of people booking for next year before we have even announced a single act. They know there will be a top quality line-up and they know the atmosphere and amenities will be as good as ever.

“People regularly come from all over the world. This year we had more than 25,000 fans with not a single crime reported and we are looking forward to welcoming them back next year.

”This year has been the best festival I have put on in 25 years, record-breaking in every sense. It has really put Wickham on the map – the question now is how do we top it?”

The 2016 event takes place from August 4-7. To celebrate this award, until the end of October fans can save a third on a weekend ticket – a reduction of £50 on a four-day adult ticket. Contact eastfest@talk21.com for details.

Full details of the Festival and how to buy tickets can be found on the Festival website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk or the event’s twitter feed @festivalwickham

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    Looking forward to this, great festival and line up.

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    Great work Wickham - see you in the summer!

    Literally cannot wait!

    Great line up!

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    Steve Bissell I saw Lindisfarne in 1972. I guess you were about ten then!

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