Wilko Johnson pledges to play on

Wilko Johnson
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The Wickham Festival line-up just became even more impressive as legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson has joined the bill for a very special gig.

The 65-year-old co-founder of Dr Feelgood is battling terminal cancer but is determined to play for his fans and has extended his farewell tour.

Johnson will appear at the four-day festival on Sunday, August 4.

The musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. But instead of enduring months of debilitating treatment he decided to hit the road and do what he loves most.

Wilko said: ‘It seems that I’m still being spared the final onslaught of my terminal cancer. As the memory of the Farewell Tour recedes I’m feeling again the desire to get up on stage and do my thing while health allows.’

Also on this year’s bill are The Waterboys, Dexys, 10cc, Seth Lakeman, Rolf Harris, Show of Hands and The South, as well as many more acts.

The four-day festival being staged between Thursday and next Sunday is the biggest live music festival in Hampshire this year.

Other acts announced include The Blockheads, Martyn Joseph, Shooglenifty, The Peatbog Faeries, Eliza Carthy and Spiers & Boden.

World music artists include Le Vent du Nord from Quebec and the Spooky Mens Chorale from Australia.

The Festival is staged in a picturesque rural setting just outside the village.

For tickets and information go to wickhamfestival.co.uk or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/WickhamFestival2013.

Tickets can also be purchased from The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton or from Ticketsouth, telephone (023) 8071 1818.

For a full interview with Wilko Johnson see next week’s Guide.