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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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    For those with plenty of puff, we'll have didgeridoo workshops at this year's Wickham Festival. ... See MoreSee Less

    For those with plenty of puff, well have didgeridoo workshops at this years Wickham Festival.

     

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    Colin Lacey 😱😱😱

    Bill Wallace

    Charlotte Birch 😍

    Fiona Chivers 😊

    Rosemary Nash you’ve got to give this a go

    Ben - I'm sure you could borrow one of Martin's 🙂

    Edward Fletcher

    You jest Rachel but rob can play one we have three at home 🤣

    Andrew Terry

    Clive Lightfoot Mel Lightfoot 😂😂😂

    Cindy Harrison?

    Steve Lawless

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    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in today's Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins. She's appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame. ... See MoreSee Less

    Good to see our Wickham Festival mentioned in todays Daily Mirror interview with Judy Collins.  Shes appearing at Wickham on Thursday 1st August, same night as her long-time friend Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame.

    Couple of late additions to our 2019 line-up. The wonderful traditional Irish singer Cara Dillon and the award-winning musician Luke Daniels. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiGsYjyeeuUwith Sam Lakeman and John Smith ... See MoreSee Less

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    Better and better!

    Absolutely brilliant! Well done Wickham 😎👍

    Can I ask what day will cara dillon be playing?

    Excellent Wickham 👍👍👍

    Excellent. She was terrific with Transatlantic Sessions....!

    Jonathan Coppock

    Absolutely superb additions - looking forward to August more and more each day!

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    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member. Any guesses? ... See MoreSee Less

    A few more names to announce this Wednesday evening including one of the best female vocalists on the traditional & Irish music scene plus an award-winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member.  Any guesses?

     

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    Cara Dillon would be good

    Cara Dillon?

    Maire Brennan would be great though

    Sharon Shannon?

    it's already Wednesday

    Lisa O’Neill

    Mary Black?

    Luke Daniels ? Moya Brennan? Sharon Shannon?

    Val Doonican ??????????????

    That looks like Florence to me 😂

    Have I missed it ? Wednesday now lol Btw Have you asked wildwood kin yet ????❤️

    Julie Feeney?

    Brilliant line up this year best one yet Cara Dillon?

    Wickham Music Festival who was the announcement ?

    Davy Spillane

    Are we still waiting....patiently 🤔

    Still waiting!

    Who is it?! 🤔

    Brendan Power?

    Moya Brennen and Luke Daniels??

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    1st-4th Aug. Wickham, Hampshire. Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Click the photo to enlarge. Please 'Like' & 'Share'. Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    1st-4th Aug.  Wickham, Hampshire.  Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Click the photo to enlarge.  Please Like & Share.  Cheaper per day than Camp Bestival; Cambridge; Cornbury; Cropredy; Larmer Tree and the Isle of Wight Festivals... and with a great line-up on four stages.  www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

     

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    Would love to but realise we are in Scotland that week - running around the forests orienteering! You will have to enjoy it for me! X

    That is a belting line up. Frank Turner, Alabama 3 (full band or Sound system? Either is good), Afro Celt Sound System, Proclaimers, Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkies, BSSOVD (ooerr!) Well done the booking team.

    Half way down the post, below the headline acts is this guy, who I have loved since the 1980s https://youtu.be/wzHSJSJ_ias

    Better line up then Larmer Tree Festival !! In my opinion

    Scott have you announced this yet? I’ve lost track. 😂

    Never seen The Proclaimers live.

    The ‘Kiefer Sutherland Band’? Fuck off! Make it on merit not on your celebrity in another field!

    All booked.. do we leave on a Monday?

    Hope to see Big Brother Soul again, they were one of last years highlights x

    Great line up. Wish I didn’t stay north of the border😢

    Fantastic lineup! Why is Sam Kelly hidden away at the bottom? BIGGER 😁

    How much please

    Tracy McAndrew Edies 1st festival??

    I hope they put the main acts in the big top n not on 2nd stage as they did last year n thats its not so flamin hot

    Stephanie Loveridge

    When will you publish stage and time slot per artist please?

    The proclaimers when did they sneak in ?

    The best lineup you guys have ever had. 👍

    That is a wicked line up for Wickham Festival?

    Are we going ? Jasper Mark Haywood

    Brilliant line up well done Peter I know you have been working hard on this.

    Better Line-up than the Isle of Wight !

    Shame its not Wickham Market!

    Dave Randall have a look who's there..lol

    What a brilliant line up this year 😁 x

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