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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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    Delighted to announce 10cc will headline our opening night in 2022 on Thursday 4th Aug. Also newly confirmed are top folk duo (and joint founders of Bellowhead) Spiers & Boden who'll appear on Saturday 6th Aug. 2022. Day & Weekend tickets now on-sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Delighted to announce 10cc will headline our opening night in 2022 on Thursday 4th Aug. Also newly confirmed are top folk duo (and joint founders of Bellowhead) Spiers & Boden wholl appear on Saturday 6th Aug. 2022.  Day & Weekend tickets now on-sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Our confirmed line-up so far with many more great artists to announce. Levellers The Waterboys 10cc Rumer Gilbert O’Sullivan Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young Oysterband The Sharon Shannon Trio The Spooky Mens Chorale Spiers & Boden Ferocious Dog Skinny Lister Grace Petrie The Celtic Social Club Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance The East Pointers Lil’ Jimmy Reed Andreas Tophoj & Rune Barslund The FOS Brothers Cut Capers Town oif Cats The Cobhers feat. Luke Daniels The Marching SKAletons Dave Giles The Swanmore Samba Band

    Yeah!!! Seen them at Wickham before. One of the best you've had. Just need the proclaimers and I'll be in heaven. Glad I've got my tickets!

    The things we do for love! ❤️ Donna. I’m not in love! ❤️ I’m Mandy fly me. Life is a minestrone! Dreadlock Holiday The Dean and I Rubber bullets

    Great line up, but isn't that 2.5cc?

    Yeeees! I am very happy. Glad my guess was correct! 😀

    Brilliant news

    Will we be able to get advance t shirts again next year ?

    Spiers & Boden - good start, you just need to get the rest of the band now!!

    Brilliant Peter well done 😊😊

    Woo hoo. Love 10 CC.

    Where did 10cc get their name? 😉 10cc got their name from Jonathan King who released their first records. King had had a dream about a successful band called "10cc". However, popular belief is that they adopted the name because the average male ejaculation is 9cc and the band was above average with 1cc more than that!

    Fab!!!

    Oh now there's a clash, Los Pacominos and 10cc. Please tell me they are not in the same night/time.

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy

    Wowza

    Looks a great line up - looking forward to seeing Levellers (brilliant at Brixton on Saturday), and the Oyster Band - other acts look very interesting. Any chance of Merry Hell, who were brilliant last year & Peat & Diesel (I could only hear them last year - couldn't get into the tent- no room) and great at Brixton on Saturday Spike's All Stars again ??

    How many original members are there left?

    Whoop whoop 🙌

    Karina Steeden .. yippee 🎉👏

    Andrew Price

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    Richard Hall Karen Debs Julia Clarke

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    Alexandra Miller 😃

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    Delighted to announce Levellers will headline the 2022 Wickham Festival on Saturday 6th Aug. 2022. Day & Weekend tickets now on-sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    Hope they are not on at the same time as Ferocious Dog.

    Stoked!!! My dad got me listening to them when i was a little kid so finally get to see them live

    Absolutely brilliant! And we can finally get back now travel restrictions have eased! 🤞🤞🤞

    Wooohooo! Stellar line up so far! Well done Wickham!

    Spooks, Ferocious Dog and now the Levellers, I think a return visit may be needed. I just hope they've sorted out the recycling.

    Fantastic Band,Seen Many Times,Never let You Down.Proper Job.🍻🍻👍

    Brilliant !!! They are great 🎶

    Fantastic news, means we get to see them twice in a fortnight #BeautifulDays 👏👏👏

    Totally made my year. Best festy and best band! Heaven. Thank you!!’ ❤️🙌🙌🙌🙌🥰

    Wow!!! That’s exactly the news I need today 🎶💜🎶

    Delighted to hear this news! 🤩🥳🤩🥳🤩

    Leanne McColm looks like we need to get some tickets for sure

    2022 has a great line-up

    Woohoo …..the Levellers as well 😊

    Hope The South are returning, they were my favourite this year.

    The Levs, Ferocious Dog, skinny lister. Any chance of getting Black Water County on board as well.

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    Brilliant news

    Woohooo Claire, festival glitter at the ready👏🏻😝

    Kim Rowlatt this is right up your street. X

    Oh yes !!!!waterboys and the levellers #mustbedreaming

    Can't wait!

    Fab

    Woooooooòooooooooop

    Kirsty Dennett Saw this and thought of you!

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    We've announced another of our 2022 headline acts at 5pm Friday. Possibly the UK's top festivals band. The Levellers. Day & Weekend tickets on-sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Weve announced another of our 2022 headline acts at 5pm Friday.  Possibly the UKs top festivals band.  The Levellers.  Day & Weekend tickets on-sale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    The Levellers would suit me fine!!!

    Can we have the Levellers, Bellowhead and Show of Hands please ;-)

    Has to be The Levellers.

    Bellowhead - having a practice before their Broadside tour in the Autumn!

    Yes The Levellers would be great😎

    The Men They Couldn"t Hang.

    Ferocious dog, Waterboys and Levellers, that would be awesome weekend

    Dreadzone. Someone decent at last

    The Levellers or Bellowhead

    Show of Hands x they seam to be a at every festival. Still a brilliant band . Always good to see them .

    Although I would not be averse to more Lindisfarne!!!

    The Beatles... They've got a TV series to plug!!!!

    Levellers. Show of hands. Saw doctors would be great

    Probably it's just Coldplay warming up for their Wembley Stadium gig the next weekend.

    Levellers played Wickham 2017, best live band in UK. Got a a copy of the play list. Once again we’ll done Wickham.

    The proclaimers or The Saw Doctors Bellowhead

    Please be The Levellers!

    Levellers would be apt. I remember when Oysterband were touted as the Levellers dads after a good wash. I tend to think of Ferocious Dog as the Levellers kids, so to have all 3 generations…..

    It’s gonna be Toploader isn’t it… it’s always bloody Toploader! 😂😂😂

    Lancashire hotpots

    Levellers.

    Well so far apart from Sharon Shannon there's nobody on the bill i want to see. The Levellers might just make me buy a ticket!

    The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican! Brilliant

    Show of Hands, methinks?

    Peat & Diesel - gutted I missed them last year

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