A community party turned full blown festival, Wickham has been around for some time. Its origins come from the Eastleigh ‘big top’ Festival which first run back in 2003. However, since 2006, the title of Wickham Festival took president and the festival was moved to the quaint village in Hampshire.
In 2015 Wickham was honored at the Live UK Music Business Awards winning the title of Best Festival (Cap. under 15,000). So it has plenty to live up to and looking at what’s on offer for 2017, this should be upheld with ease.
This four-day music event takes place from 3rd – 6th of August and will play host to a number of acts old and new. Thursday being of particular interest when KT Tunstall and 10CC take to the stage. However, all four days offer punters great value for money with live music across three stages, as well as top quality local food stalls, comedy acts, craft stalls, real ale and cider bars and children’s entertainment.
Comedy this year comes in many characteristics, none more so than the Tom Walker, better known as internet sensation Jonathan Pie, the frustrated news reporter known for venting his spleen in unguarded “off-camera” rants. This will see festival goers in a one-to-one Q&A session with the comic, so watch out for the blues.
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Predominantly a folk festival, Wickham does stick to its roots with acts this year being heavy in that genre. But with the diversity shown at many intimate festivals these days, the overall genre of music is mixed, with much emphasis lent on the promotion of up and coming bands.
Organiser Peter Chegwyn said:
“In many ways we are returning to our roots with a very strong folk line-up which will appeal to the many regulars who come year after year as well as our new generation of fans.
“That has been reflected in advance tickets sales which are well up on those of previous years. The response has been fantastic and shows the appeal of the artists as well as the event itself.
“We had hundreds of fans booking for this year’s festival even before we had finished clearing the site last August. People trust us to put on a great event with a terrific line-up and a wonderful atmosphere.
“Regulars know what they are getting and they like it. There is a real family-friendly feel to this event. Parents can let their children roam safely while they relax and enjoy the great music, sample the fine food and beers or browse round the many stalls.
“There are plenty of free activities for youngsters from bouncy castles to story-telling – and Under 10’s don’t even have to pay to get in with those aged 10-16 paying half price.”
Camping comes in two forms, General or Luxury. General is as you expect, labor intensive with a side order of accomplishment once you’ve managed to boot heeled those pegs into the dry ground, as someone forget the hammer. And Luxury comes in the shape of a camel….well a camel tent anyway. Prices for General camping will set you back £30, with the latter costing a few pennies/pounds more, naturally.
A ticket for Wickham Festival 2017 will see you part with £160 for the four days as an Adult, and £80 for under 16’s. Not a bad price for four days of fun.