Wickham Festival’s star headliners draw massive crowds

STARS The Proclaimers on stage. ''Picture: Steve Reid (122582-057)

STARS The Proclaimers on stage. ''Picture: Steve Reid (122582-057)

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FESTIVALGOERS enjoyed glorious sunshine and an eclectic mix of music on the second day of this year’s Wickham festival.

A record crowd of thousands poured in to see hotly anticipated evening sets from headliners The Proclaimers and KT Tunstall, bringing fields near Wickham Community Centre to life.

Despite a couple of power cuts, which pushed every performance back by 15 minutes, music lovers enjoyed the folky Manran as dusk fell, before welcoming scots group Red Hot Chilli Pipers who rocked out with covers of everything from AC/DC to Coldpay.

By the evening huge crowds had gathered to watch KT Tunstall deliver a blistering one-woman show before The Proclaimers brought the evening to a close.

Jakki Madden, from Portsmouth, came with a group of friends especially to see Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel.

She said: ‘Me and my girlfriends always enjoy a weekend away together, so I thought we would pop over here to see Steve Harley because he reminds us of our youth.

‘The atmosphere is fantastic everyone is so friendly.

‘The whole vibe is really laid back and the organisers should be proud of themselves.

‘Obviously having the sun out has really helped.’

More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the festival, which opened on Thursday night with a performance from Jools Holland.

The big names have been so popular that there were queues of cars through Wickham with some drivers waiting 45 minutes to 
get in.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said the festival was ‘a victim of its own success’ and the traffic had eased when a second gate was opened to let motorists through.

‘It has been a fantastic success,’ he said. ‘It’s lovely to have lots of people but it causes a few problems at the same time.’

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