Wickham Festival: Crowds go wild for headliner Midge Ure

The differences in weather between Saturday and Sunday couldn’t have been more different.

Where Saturday had seen more than one torrential downpour, Sunday saw the sun come out as festival goers donned sunglasses and bucket hats.

The weather may have been inconsistent over the weekend but the one constant throughout the festival was the high calibre of music on offer as the final day of the four-day music festival didn’t disappoint.

The day featured chart topping singer-songwriter Midge Ure, who throughout his illustrious career has not only produced memorable hit records, but is also famous for co-organising Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8 with Bob Geldof.

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Toyah Willcox also took to Main Stage 1 with husband Robert Fripp to play a collection of hits to an excitable crowd, after British rock royalty The Zombies had similarly delighted audience goers.

With over 50 years’ worth of music, The Zombies performed classic tunes such as ‘She’s Not There’, ‘Tell Her No’, and ‘Time of the Season.’

If that wasn’t enough, The South took to the Big Top with lead singer Alison Wheeler – formerly of The Beautiful South – singing memorable number one single, ‘A Little Time’, as well as ‘Rotterdam (Or Anywhere).’

Afro Celt Sound System and The Electric Swing Circus were the biggest highlights of Main Stage 2 with their distinctive electro tunes.

Much of Saturday’s rain meant campers were treading through gloopy mud between stages, fast food vans, and jewellery stalls in knee high welly boots, but nothing could prevent people from flocking to see final day headliner Midge Ure.

Ure was accompanied by his band on stage having flown in from Amsterdam the previous day.

However, there were no signs of tiredness in Ure’s performance as his setlist included ‘Fade to Grey’, ‘No Regrets’, and UK number one single – ‘If I Was.’

Sunday saw Wickham Festival once again prove that there’s nowhere better in the region for live folk music – attracting the biggest and brightest stars.

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