exclusive: Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel for Wickham Festival

plus The John Otway Big Band, Dervish, & more, and a new stage

By Scott Williams | Published: Mon 19th Mar 2012

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

Wickham Festival 2012

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2012
Wickham, Hampshire, England MAP
£135 for full 4-day weekend, £67.50 for under-16, with under-10s free
Daily capacity: 5,000

eFestivals can exclusively reveal that Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, John Otway Big Band, and Dervish, are amongst the latest acts to be announced for this year's Wickham Festival which has also unveiled an extra stage this year as it merges with The Wickham Easter Festival.

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
eFestivals can also reveal Blair Dunlop, Jim Causley, Heidi Talbot with John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine , Old Man Luedecke, and Shamus O'Blivion and the Megadeath Morrismen have also been added to the line-up.

In other news The Wickham Easter Festival due to take place between 5th and 8th April is being postponed. It will now be staged as part of the Wickham Summer Festival between Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2012.

Festival Organiser Peter Chegwyn explained, "Many of our usual Easter audience are going to see 'Show of Hands' at the Albert Hall on Easter Saturday so rather than continue with a smaller Easter Festival without them we thought we'd bundle up the Easter Festival with our main Summer Festival so everyone can see everything including Show of Hands who we have booked in the Summer."

Which means most of the artists who were scheduled to appear at Easter will now appear at the main event in August. These include Steve Tilston, Karine Polwart, Maddy Prior, The Gathering, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Charlie McKerron Trio, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Rory McLeod, Les Barker, Andy Dinan & Friends, The Long Notes, The Fake Thackrays, Askew Sisters, Tinderbox, Black Peak, Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock, Karen Tweed, Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes, and Rachel Hair.

The Festival will now have an additional stage plus a circus, solar-powered cinema, digital funfair, street theatre, comedy and a late night festival club.

They join a bill that includes KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (with Ruby Turner plus special guests to be confirmed), Levellers, Bellowhead, Oysterband, Show of Hands, Edward II, Home Service, Beshazzar's Feast, Jackie Oates, Session A9, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Rua Macmillan Trio, Manran, Merry Hell, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, The Jason Wilson Band featuring Dick Gaughan & Dave Swarbrick, Calan, Babelfish, Jack McNeill, and Charlie Heys, plus many more. For the line-up details, and day splits, as available please click here.

The festival returns to the Hampshire village of Wickham, in Hampshire just east of Eastleigh and just north of Fareham and features live music and entertainment for all ages with camping.

A 4-Day early bird adult season ticket is priced at £120, with under-16s being half-price and under-10s free. Camping tickets are priced at £20 per tent or caravan for the whole weekend. Day tickets will be available at a later date.

To download a booking form (in PDF format), click here.


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