FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS have been unveiled as the big Saturday night headline act for Wickham Festival.
It is a major coup for organisers who have finally secured the Wessex Boy for what is effectively a hometown gig.
Turner, who grew up in Winchester, is now one of the biggest names on the rock circuit having played at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics as well as selling out some of the biggest arenas in the country.
One of the hardest-working artists around with more than 2,300 gigs to his name, he has just concluded a sell-out nationwide tour including the 6,000-capacity Bournemouth International Centre and his appearance at Wickham is sure to send ticket sales soaring.
We are so thrilled to have got Frank Turner at long last; we have been chasing him for years but the dates never quite matched. We are delighted that he is able to slot us in between festivals in Austria and Slovenia and I know he will be hugely popular with our fans. He is an incredible live act. Last weekend’s concert in Bournemouth was sensational with many there saying it was the best they had ever seen him and I know our crowd are in for an amazing night.Peter Chegwyn
Turner will headline Saturday August 3rd to complete a stellar line-up which this week has seen the addition of rock legend GRAHAM NASH for the Thursday, top American guitarist STANLEY JORDAN for the Friday and Grammy winning country singer LUCINDA WILLIAMS for the Sunday.
They join THE PROCLAIMERS, JUDY COLLINS, LEVEL 42, ALABAMA 3, RALPH MCTELL, GILBERT O’SULLIVAN and Hollywood icon KIEFER SUTHERLAND AND HIS BAND plus many more.
The line-up is pretty well finished now; I’m not sure we could fit any more superstars in! This is definitely the strongest array of artists we have ever had. It is just as well we have extended the Village Stage to give it equal billing with the Valley Stage!Peter Chegwyn
Weekend tickets are now on sale at just £150 per adult or £75 for each Under 16 with Under 10’s admitted completely free. Adult day tickets are £40 for August 1 and £55 for each of the other three days; children aged 10-16 are half price.