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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.

Team celebration
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.

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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2 crackers to start with 🎉

I fort they cost to much

Are you getting Patch and the Giant this year

I’m gonna put on my Iron shirt! 👍🙌🙌

Wow !!

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Ben Millier Sean Carey sound good to me

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I saw him at the Gaumont in 1979!! I’m so old...

Did anyone see Tom Robinson in the CD tent at this year's festival proudly wearing his 'B*ll*cks to Brexit' badge?

My first live gig. The Gaumont (now Mayflower) in Southampton in the late 70s

-didn’t know he was a musician

Saw him in Brighton in a relatively small venue in ‘78 - came out and wrung my shirt out! The whole place was pogoing, we were so tightly packed in there was no choice once it started. Bloody brilliant!! Still rates as the most exciting gig I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot over the years. Looking forward to Saturday!!

The Undertones are playing in Southampton next year too 😊

We are going because we saw him at our first Wickham Festival which was this year!!

Everyone you must go saw him a week ago in Brighton. Absolutely amazing.

We’re seeing him at a concert in Emsworth next May 😄

See ya there!


Yahoo - were going Louise Carver💛☺

I remember buying this album. It came with a free stencil, which consequently got used with spray paint on a lot of walls 😂😂 #upagainstthewall

Typical! I’m away this weekend so can’t go

Would love to but have to be else where, he is good as relevant now as he was in the winter of 79

Thank God it's Tom Robinson not Tommy Robinson 😃😃😃

Hayley Mallett this is not fair lol

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