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Wilko Johnson – Wickham Photographs

Yesterday I watched the BBC “Imagine” documentary about Wilko Johnson.  It was a very moving programme and as I result I have been trawling the archives once more to share some photos with you.  These were shot at Wickham festival in Hampshire in August.

Unfortunately Wilko took ill during the set proving that he is not yet fully recovered from his cancer.  Wilko is above all an entertainer and what a man he truly is.

I hope you enjoy the photo’s. A comment or critique on my photography is always very welcome 😉



Regular readers will be aware that I was extremely impressed with this years Wickham festival. This friendly little festival punches well above it’s weight in terms of the quality of the line-up it puts on year after year and it looks like it isn’t just me who thinks so.

The Wickham Festival has been voted the best event of its kind in the country.

Wickham has been named the Best Festival (Capacity under 15,000) at the prestigious Live UK Music Business Awards.

They beat off strong competition from Dorset’s End of the Road and the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds to claim the crown.

The announcement was made at the gala awards evening in London last night (October 15) and is a fitting reward for the hugely successful event staged at Wickham in August when record crowds flocked to the picturesque site to see the likes of the Proclaimers, 10cc, Billy Bragg and many more.

Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won, especially given the quality of the opposition.

“We were thrilled just to be nominated for this coveted award and then to make the top three… but to come out on top is a fantastic achievement.:”

Chegwyn added: “The success in not just down to our staff and the artists but also to the fans who have fallen in love with the Wickham Festival so it is only right we share our success with them. Until the end of October, anyone booking an adult weekend ticket for next year can get a £50 discount.

Wickham Festival 2015

Wickham Festival 2015

The 2016 event takes place from August 4-7. To celebrate this award, until the end of October fans can save a third on a weekend ticket – a reduction of £50 on a four-day adult ticket. Contact for details.

Full details of the Festival and how to buy tickets can be found on the Festival website or the event’s twitter feed @festivalwickham

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Wickham Festival – Photo album

Hey folks,

A final batch of photographs from last weekends Wickham festival.  I really enjoyed this little festival and the wonderful weather through the weekend certainly didn’t hurt.  I hope you enjoyed my photographs.

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Wickham Festival Saturday August 8th 2015


I hope everyone is having a good day.  It has been busy busy in Summer Towers today and it doesn’t seem the slightest bit like summer.  In fact it has been hammering with rain all day, a total contrast to last weekend at Wickham Festival.

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Wickham Festival – Friday 7th August 2015

Hi folks,

Please check out some more of my photographs from last weekends Wickham Music Festival.  Friday was probably my favourite day at this great little festival.

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Wickham Festival – Thursday 6th August 2015

Hopefully at least some of you have seen my rundown of the four days of last weekends Wickham Festival.  It really is a great little festival, there are four reviews on the site so be sure to check them out.

I thought some of you may be interested in seeing some of my photos.  So please check them out.  If you spot yourself or your friends let us know.

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Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson – Wickham Festival

A couple of shots of the legend that is former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.

Sadly Wilko was taken ill during his set at Wickham, I hope he has recovered quickly and is well again.

Wilko Johnson

Tankus The Henge

Wickham Festival – Sunday 9th August

I must confess I was feeling very lazy on Sunday.  Admittedly I did write and post my review of Saturday at Wickham  but after doing that I sort of let the rest of the morning escape me.  I sat around at the van drinking tea and playing guitar.  I can tell that I haven’t practised anywhere near enough recently as the tips of my fingers on my left hand hurt, a clear sign that they have softened.  Very naughty!

I blame the heat for my laziness, I am not good in the heat and it was very hot over the weekend in Wickham.  Anyway as a result of my procrastination it was after 1.30 before I got my butt in gear enough to wander over to the site.  I poked my head into stage 2 on the way past and caught a bit of a set from four piece rock outfit Splinter.  They were a pleasant start to the day and woke me up enough to see me wander over to the main stage to catch the last knockings of Les Barkers set.

What a delight the man is.  Les was an accountant before finding his true vocation as a professional idiot.  This is a man who is seriously funny.  His clever poems, full of witty one liners and hilarious observations had me, and everyone else,  splitting my sides laughing.  The man is a comic genius.  By the time Les finished I was finally awake and fully alert and a good job too.

Next up on the main stage were Tankus The Henge who, for me at least were the highlight of the entire weekend.  The energy that this lot burn is surely sufficient to run a large city for a month.  I just loved their take on ragtime infused Rock ‘N’ Roll served with a side helping of Balkan Rhythms and a dash of ska.  We were treated to a pianist leaping about 20 feet in the air from the top of his piano, smoke belching from the piano, a wailing brass section.  So good were this band that they made Moulettes who followed them seem positively pedestrian by comparison.

Tankus The Henge

In my view Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom was Wickham festivals one real scheduling error of the weekend.  Putting a downbeat acoustic act immediately after Tanks the Henge and Moulettes didn’t work for me.  We had two acts who set the pulse racing followed by a low key introspective acoustic act.  For me at least it just didn’t work.

Bloom was followed by The Dhol Foundation who were the only act I saw across the weekend that I just didn’t like.  I enjoyed the first couple of tracks but for me at least everything just sounded the same.  The only variety seemed to  be provided by a backing track providing a range of vocals as a relief from the Asian drumming.  No disrespect to the artists or indeed to the majority of those watching who seemed to really enjoy the act but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

The Tom Robinson Band and Steve Harley & Cockney rebel lifted things up again for me.  Robinson has recently released his first album in 20 years and the self confessed tour hater is back on the road in support of it.  Steve Harley did what he does best delivering a set full of sing-a-long crowd pleasers.  With just 10CC left on the line-up I decided to beat the crowds and left early.  I couldn’t abide 10CC back in the 1970’s and having seen them at a couple of festivals in recent years they did nothing to change my opinion.  The prospect of getting home for  night in my own bed was a much more alluring prospect for me.

Tom Robinson

I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend at Wickham festival.  It is a relaxed, friendly and well organised event with a good variety of music across the weekend.  The second stage was somewhat lacking in “name” acts bit this did give a showcase opportunity for local bands.  If you have not tried Wickham in the past I recommend giving it a try.  I am sure you won’t regret it.

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Wickham Festival: 6 – 9 August – festival preview

Wickham Festival is a small family friendly festival located in a beautiful rural location on the edge of Wickham village in Western Hampshire.  The festival has a daily capacity of just 5000 so it retains a personal and very friendly vibe.  Wickham leans towards the folk end of the musical spectrum and as such prides itself on being laid back and relaxed.

Wickham aims to meet the needs of all festival goers and as such there is plenty of entertainment on hand for the younger members of the family.  There are children entertainers, a digital fun fair, a play-bus, story tellers and bouncy castles to help the little ones burn of excess energy.  Craft activities, a puppet theatre and a solar powered cinema will help to keep the kids amused whilst their parents relax and check out one of the three stages of quality music.

The music lineup for this years Wickham festival is nothing short of superb.  The festival has pulled together an incredible array of talent for 2015.  Classic acts like 10cc, the Proclaimers, Billy Bragg and Wilko Johnson rub shoulders with contemporary folk heroes Seth Lakeman and Moulette’s and up and coming bands like Megson and Libby Stainton.  If the laid back acoustic vibe is your thing then make for the 3rd stage with your chair and chill out to the very wide range of acoustic acts on offer.



It seems hard to believe but the main stage under-card even has the likes of Steve Harley, Tom Robinson, The [beautiful] South, Show of Hands and Eliza Carthy for your listening pleasure.

Wickham is perhaps unique in that both main stages are under cover so even if the weather doesn’t play nicely you can usually stay dry, a definite bonus in the British summer.   The bars sell a wide range of real ales and ciders so that you can chill out over a pint enjoying the music and the unique atmosphere that Wickham offers.  As you would expect there are a wide range of catering facilities available both onsite and in the village of Wickham which is just a few minutes walk away.   There is even a  Farm Shop and Tea Room at Westlands Farm adjacent next to the tented camping fields where you can obtain milk, bread, eggs etc. plus breakfasts and snacks through the day.


Whilst you are at the festival you really should make time to visit the village.  It is a beautiful village full of olde worlde charm, unique shops, bars, restaurants, wine bars, tea-rooms and country pubs where you can relax with a drink, enjoy a delicious dinner – or sit down to a wonderful cooked breakfast to recover from the night before!  The locals are very friendly and welcoming to festival goers and are happy to have such a wonderful cultural event on their doorstep.

The festival site has ample room for cars, caravans and camper vans just a few minutes walk from the arena.  There are ample washing, shower and toilet facilities across the site.  Being in a rural location walking boots are always a good bet.  They can deal with mud and water if it rains and are comfortable and breathable if it is hot.  They are much better than wellies or (heaven forbid) flip-flops!

The Festival site at Wickham is just a couple of miles north of junction 10 on the M27 and about 10 miles from either the M3 or A3.  The closest railway station is at Fareham and a taxi to the site from the railway station is around £10.

If top quality folk music in a relaxed and friendly environment at a very reasonable cost is your thing then Wickham is definitely for you.


You can check out the festival website here.  They are on Facebook and they tweet as @festivalwickham.

Tickets are still available from here.  Don’t delay or you might miss out!