Wickham Festival starts tonight

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hundreds of festival-goers are expected to descend on Wickham tonight for the annual festival.

The event kicks off the first of four nights of live music with sets from Dexys, 10cc and The South.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: ‘We have a really strong bill this year with a great range of artists to ensure there is something for everyone.

‘Tonight has been particularly popular with fans keen to see 10cc, Dexys and the South, formerly the Beautiful South.’

The festival will continue tomorrow with The Waterboys, Shooglenifty and Lunasa leading the bill. Saturday will see Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and Martyn Joseph take to the mainstage.

Sunday features The Peatbog Faeries, The Blockheads, Rolf Harris and Wilko Johnson all playing.

Peter said: ‘Sunday will be a very emotional day with Wilko Johnson making what is likely to be his last appearance on the south coast, alongside his former band the Blockheads. With Rolf Harris and the Peatbog Faeries also on the bill, it should be a fantastic finish to the festival.’

Wilko Johnson, 65, was diagnosed with cancer last year but is determined to play for his fans.

With good weather predicted for today, and a possibility of showers tomorrow, Peter said the festival is prepared.

‘We have three stages, two of which are covered in case the weather turns and there is also an indoor bar,’ he said.

He is hoping that the festivals good complaint record continues, as last year no crimes or complaints were recorded.

‘The atmosphere here is unique,’ he said.

‘We have re-designed the site this year and we are expecting it to be our most successful event yet.’

Tickets are £135 for the weekend.

Day tickets and concessions available. Call (023) 8071 1818 or go to ticketsouth.co.uk.

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