THE WATERBOYS are the latest top-name act confirmed for this year’s Wickham Festival. The band will headline the Sunday night (9th August).
Few bands have as great a live reputation as THE WATERBOYS. From their mid 1980s “big music” period through the influential mix of Celtic, gospel and country on their classic Fisherman’s Blues tours, to the hundreds of brilliant shows accompanying the last decade’s rootsy, soulful triptych of albums Modern Blues, Out Of All This Blue and Where The Action Is, THE WATERBOYS have consistently blended tightness, inspiration and improvisation to reach heights of performance few other acts can. The 2020 version of the band features the established core of Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano), Steve Wickham (electric fiddle), Memphis keyboard great “Brother” Paul Brown, ace British drummer Ralph Salmins and funky Irish bassman Aongus Ralston.
Meanwhile the relevance and popular reach of THE WATERBOYS has never been greater. Their songs have are performed by artists as varied as Ellie Goulding, who scored a top 3 UK hit with “How Long Will I Love You”; Prince and U2 who sang “The Whole Of The Moon” onstage and Fiona Apple, who recorded it last year; indie rockers The War On Drugs, Dawes and The Mystery Jets; and classic singers Tom Jones and Rod Stewart. “The Whole Of The Moon” featured in last year’s smash Netflix film Let It Snow and top HBO series The Affair. THE WATERBOYS music shows no sign of fading, and the very best place to experience it is in a concert hall. Come and feel the fire.
Check out the current line up poster: