Excitement growing for return of the Wickham Festival

Crowds watch Hazel O'Connor on stage at the 2014 Wickham festival. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142421-826)
Crowds watch Hazel O'Connor on stage at the 2014 Wickham festival. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142421-826)
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  • Largest-ever capacity plus a star-studded line up
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EXCITEMENT is building as a music festival returns to fields outside an historic market town for the ninth year.

The popular Wickham Festival looks set to be bigger than ever, with crowd capacity extended.

Our greatest selling point and the thing which brings people back year after year, is the unique atmosphere and family feel.

Peter Chegwyn, event organiser

Headliners the Proclaimers, 10CC, Wilko Johnson and Billy Bragg will make the festival, from August 6-9, one of the best yet.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said the festival had increased its capacity to 7,000 following last year’s sell-out show by James Blunt.

Mr Chegwyn said: ‘We had a capacity of 5,000 until last year, when we were granted an extension to cater for the unprecedented demand.

‘The site coped comfortably with the extra numbers, so we have stuck at that limit this year and I’m delighted to say the final two days look like they might sell out completely.

‘We’re up on numbers year on year largely because we have a very strong line-up over all four days.

‘I’d say we are expecting between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors over the weekend, including a potential sell-out on Saturday and Sunday.

‘We have plenty of camping places available, which means that people can enjoy the music and have a few drinks and enjoy the atmosphere.’

Fans will be coming from as far as the USA, Canada and Australia for the event.

Mr Chegwyn added: ‘With live music on three stages plus a host of other family entertainment, there’s something for everyone. Our greatest selling point and the thing which brings people back year after year is the unique atmosphere and family feel.

‘We have great camping facilities and Wickham is less than 10 minutes’ walk for those who want to stock up on supplies or enjoy afternoon tea or a cooked breakfast.

‘We have a fantastic line-up with the main stage protected by a big top to keep fans dry so they don’t need to worry about the weather.’

This year’s line-up also includes Andy Fairweather-Low, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Seth Lakeman, The South (formerly the Beautiful South) and the Tom Robinson Band. Tickets are available at ticketsouth.co.uk and day tickets start at £35.

Camping tickets are £25 per tent or caravan. For more information, go to wickhamfestival.co.uk