James Blunt to star at Wickham Festival

James Blunt
James Blunt

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POP superstar James Blunt is set to headline this summer’s Wickham Festival.

In a coup for the organisers, the singer-songwriter will top the bill on Thursday, August 14 as part of his worldwide Moon Landing tour.

The 40-year-old, who has sold more than 20m albums, joins Steve Earle and the Dukes, Bellowhead and Oysterband at the family festival.

Blunt, a former soldier, shot to fame with his hit single You’re Beautiful which brought a series of Grammy nominations.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: ‘We are thrilled to have been able to secure an artist of the calibre of James Blunt.

‘It should be a very special night.

‘He is the biggest name to play here since we moved to our new site and it shows just how far this festival has come.

‘It is now established as a major highlight on the Hampshire calendar.

‘Even though we are managing to attract this kind of major artist, the beauty of this festival is it retains its family feel and laid-back atmosphere.

‘And because the artists perform under a big top, fans do not need to worry about the weather.’

Blunt has just embarked on an 84-date worldwide tour to promote his fourth album Moon Landing.

He is currently performing in America and then heads to Australia before returning to Europe for a series of summer shows.

Previous headliners have included The Waterboys and Wilco Johnson.

Tickets for the Wickham Festival are already on sale at ticketsouth.co.uk.

Day tickets start at £35 with under 16s being half-price and under 10s free, and weekend tickets for adults are £150.

It’s £25 to bring a tent or caravan on site.

Full details of the festival and how to buy tickets can be found at wickhamfestival.co.uk or twitter feed @festivalwickham.