Fans fly in from Japan to ‘best ever’ Wickham Fest

Martyn Joseph performs in The Big Top.''Wickham Festival.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132140-748)
Martyn Joseph performs in The Big Top.''Wickham Festival.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132140-748)
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IT WAS a weekend of storms, sunshine and emotionally-charged performances at what has been hailed the ‘best Wickham Festival ever.’

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said the electrical storm that lit up the sky on Friday night only added to the atmosphere at the four day event.

Two of the four nights were sell-outs with headliners The Waterboys, 10CC and Wilko Johnson proving to be massive draws.

Fans of Wilko, who is dying of pancreatic cancer, flew in from Japan to see him perform on Sunday night.

‘They rang to ask if there were enough tickets left’, Mr Chegwyn said.

‘I told them, even if we’d sold out we’d make room for them.

‘I can honestly say, that in more than 20 years of organising festivals, this has to be the best.

‘The atmosphere has been incredible. The artists are loving it just as much as the audiences.

‘And it is so well organised. The only hint of trouble was when some bananas disappeared. The skins were found a few stalls down so somebody was obviously feeling peckish in the middle of the night.’

He added: ‘It’s been an incredible weekend and put Wickham firmly on the map. My highlight was 10CC.

‘We’re obviously not Glastonbury, and we’ve no wish to be, but we are at that level of success.’

The storm on Friday night struck while The Waterboys were on stage.

Festival-goers crowded into the Big Top to keep out of the rain.

The organisers covered the site with straw to soak up the mud and the rest of the festival was dry.