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  • Billy Bragg knows what he wants at Wickham - Wickham Festival
    his surname modest under stated and a passionate believer in doing the right thing whether that be campaigning for human rights or simply giving the crowd value for money The blend of music and message has been key for the 57 year old singer songwriter with the unique blend of folk punk and politics Since breaking into the industry in the early Eighties with the help of a mushroom biryani delivered in person to a hungry John Peel in return for some air play Bragg has spoken out against all forms of injustice whether it be racism sexism or any other form of inequality Although no longer an active political campaigner he still takes every opportunity to highlight any wrongs though at Wickham he may well be preaching to the converted He said I believe Wickham has a very open minded crowd which is good This will be my first visit to this festival and I am looking forward to it greatly Festivals keep you on your toes For instance you might need to re jig your set because of the weather You might need to play music to warm the crowd up if it is cold or you might need to coax them back to life if they are sleepy in the sun Sometimes it is worse if it is sunny you have to wake them up It depends what time I arrive but I always like to have a wander round beforehand if I can to get a bit of context and see what is on the site what the atmosphere is like I like to get a decent cup of coffee too Recently I played the Americana Festival and got a particularly good cup of coffee and some rum and raisin fudge so it was a good day Bragg tailors his set according to the mood and the audience recognising that a festival crowd is very different to those who follow him more closely Billy Bragg He added At gigs people will have come to see me specifically so they will know my songs and I might throw in a few rarities At festivals the crowd might not be so familiar with my work so I will come up with a set which reflects that You do change the set according to the audience I will look at them beforehand and try to get a vibe and then write a set to suit them The set has to be accessible to all I find talking to a festival crowd is a good way to connect with them I don t know why so few artists do it Recently there was a guy before me who had some great songs but he hardly spoke to the audience I like to engage with the audience It helps them and it helps me It is a case of meeting them halfway It is about entertainment more than anything It is about people coming and hearing good songs and maybe a

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  • New sound for Tom Robinson at Wickham - Wickham Festival
    and lyrically I have worked really hard on the lyrics so there are no spare words It is not packed at all Every track counts every word counts It has the standard 10 tracks and then one cover with Martin Carthy singing the Beatles song In My Life because we have both depended so much on our life partners and it felt seemed to say what we wanted It is called Only the Now because it is about seizing the moment looking back on how we did not seize the moment back in the day It is not an exercise in nostalgia You can t regret the past that is the whole point of the album What matters is what you can do with this energy now This is the first day of the rest of your life It may have taken 20 years to come to fruition but Robinson is moving with the times embracing social media and the current trend for crowd funding with more than 160 of target reached already But he stays true to the campaigning ideals which saw him embrace such worthy causes as Rock against Racism as well as the pursuit of peace and equality Tom Robinson So which matters more the music or the message It has to be the music first absolutely he said The music is more important than the message Without the music people don t give a stuff about the message I just concentrate on making the highest quality songs I can for the album And it has been funded by the fans which is amazing The pre orders made it possible to make this album and the fact that we have exceeded our target means we can now afford a decent promotion campaign One thing the world is not waiting for is another Tom Robinson album so we have to make sure we get it to people s ears so they have the option to like it There is such a tsunami of music now that it is hard to get it noticed People have got to know about it I don t mind if they hate it as long as they hear it People like and share it and that is very very important Getting streamed counts more than radio If you offered me one play on Radio One or 1 000 hits on YouTube I would take YouTube every time I write my own blog too I don t see why people should have to pay to hear inside secrets of the industry This way I can say what I want in the way I want to say it and know it is reaching the fans Although he hosts his own show on BBC Six Robinson will be resisting the temptation to play his own album not least because he is a passionate believer in the independence of the BBC There is a slight irony that he feels so strongly in his support of the Beeb

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  • WILKO – Not Over and Out - Wickham Festival
    I said I had nothing to lose so I agreed I went up to Addenbrookes in spring of last year and it was an 11 hour op They removed a 3kg tumour it was the size of a baby The 11 hour operation involved the removal of his pancreas spleen part of his stomach small and large intestines and the removal and reconstruction of blood vessels relating to the liver When I woke up I was in so much pain and that is how life was for the next few months I was very very ill and kept getting secondary infections They would put a tube through my back and into my chest and drain two pints of dirty water into a bucket I was in agony People would come in and visit and say the album was really good and it was doing well and I really did not care I was somewhere else There was one bright moment though The album was on the Chess label and I got a silver disc for it They brought it into the hospital and put it on the wall and the nurse came in and asked what it was I said it was a kind of award and she asked if it was for playing chess Ironically the album was called Going Back Home and after months of painful recuperation Wilko finally returned to the Canvey Island base he feared he might never see again What can I say about Addenbrookes They were simply wonderful They saved my life and no words I could ever say would do justice to their expertise and care I owe them everything he added It was such a tough time Even when I finally went home I was in so much pain I thought I would never get better but Mr Huguet was on the phone every day saying I would get better and I did I went to Japan for a holiday and when I came back I was feeling better and decided to start playing again Obviously the first gig I did was a benefit one for Addenbrookes and that went well I had not touched my guitar in months but being back on stage was just fantastic Then I did a couple of gigs in Manchester and Glasgow and then supported the Who at the Royal Albert Hall and now I have a few more gigs lined up and I am delighted to be coming back to Wickham It is a great festival with a fantastic atmosphere I remember the fans gave me a wonderful reception last time and I hope they will be just as pleased to see me back The outpouring of goodwill was a key factor not only in his recovery but also in giving him the strength to face what he thought was going to be the end He laughed I never realised how popular I was until I was dying It was a strange thing really I

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  • VIP upgrade for fans of Carlos Nunez - Wickham Festival
    up so far www wickhamfestival co uk Tickets See More See Less Tickets Wickham Festival wickhamfestival co uk 2016 Earlybird Tickets The earlier you buy the cheaper they are Option 2 Telephone 01329 231942 Ferneham Hall Option 3 Post Book before 31st January 2016 Save 30 per ticket CLICK HERE 2 weeks ago View on Facebook Share We really like the We Are Kings website your one stop shop for festival news unique clothing accessories www wearekingsuk com See More See Less Home 2016 We Are Kings wearekingsuk com We Are Kings UK is your one stop shop for all your festival needs We cover it all for you from festival and music reviews predictions on what s up and coming as well as festival fashion tips and 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share For Burns Night The wonderful Eddi Reader who is performing at The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow tonight and subject to final confirmation at Wickham in August www youtube com watch v RMmtBgMaF5I list RDRMmtBgMaF5I t 13 See More See Less Eddi Reader Ae Fond Kiss Recorded at Celtic Connections January 2009 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share One of The Guardian s Top 8 Boutique and family friendly music Festivals Voted Best Festival cap under 15000 at the 2015 Live UK Music Awards Save 30 on earlybird season tickets if booked by Feb 1 Please see our website for line up so far plus booking form www wickhamfestival co uk See More See Less 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share View on Facebook Our Twitter Feed Tweets by festivalwickham VIP upgrade for fans of Carlos Nunez Posted on 10th July 2015 10th July 2015 by Graham Hiley Fans of Galician bagpipe specialist Carlos Nunez can get a free upgrade to VIP status

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  • 10CC ready to rock Wickham again - Wickham Festival
    in situ from the original classic line up festival goers were entitled to wonder whether the band would still have the edge which made them one of the most iconic bands of the Seventies Or would they have developed into almost a tribute band going through the motions There was no need to worry Within moments of setting foot on stage 10CC had blown away the audience and any lingering doubts They produced a storming set which proved to be one of the highlights of the four days arguably topped only by the emotion packed set from Wilko Johnson who at the time thought he was about to die of cancer Pity Dexy s They had the unenviable task of following 10CC who played with such finesse and fire that they are now back as Sunday headliners 10CC with Graham Gouldman centre Gouldman smiled I remember it very well It was a really good gig for us and for the audience They could tell we were enjoying it and that rubbed off on them and then again on us It was a really good event and a great night and we are looking forward to coming back and doing it all again Even at 69 Gouldman still has as much passion for touring as he ever did and he still never tires of playing the songs people want to hear including I m Not In Love Dreadlock Holiday Rubber Bullets Donna Art for Art s Sake Wall Street Shuffle The Things We Do For Love and many more Gouldman added I don t need to play these gigs I do it because I still love it A few people have come up to me after concerts and sounded almost surprised as they said I looked like I was enjoying it I would not do it if I was not still having fun In any case the audience would soon suss you out if you were going through the motions I love the reaction when we play the hits so I would never not do that I feel we have a duty to play certain songs That is what the audience have come to hear and that s what we give them For teenagers in the mid Seventies it was impossible not to be caught up in the excitement over 10CC If you did not own a copy of Sheet Music you were excluded from all playground conversation Although none of the band ever craved superstardom that is very definitely where they were heading taking over the mantle from the Beatles with a wide variety of edgy rock songs all with their own unique style All four members of the band were talented writers as well as musicians and childhood friends Gouldman and Eric Stewart would write the more catchy numbers while Kevin Godley and Lol Creme would write the more avant garde songs It was a blend which worked to perfection and yet one which ultimately ripped them apart At

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  • 10CC - a short history - Wickham Festival
    and song writing were inspiring says Gouldman We d done a few tracks and we needed a B side for Waterfall a Gouldman Stewart composition There was a possibility that it would come out on the Apple label which we were very excited about because any connection with the Beatles was great says Gouldman A Godley and Creme song Donna was chosen We didn t have a name for the band and weren t bent on world domination or anything but Donna made us sit up and notice ourselves that we actually had something special And so 10cc was born Donna became the A side and reached No 2 in the UK charts Right from the start it was obvious they weren t like other groups All four could sing were adept in the recording studio and were seasoned musicians more interested in pleasing themselves than writing to a formula Not long after Donna was released Sedaka returned to Strawberry to record a second album The Tra La Days Are Over with the same team and his career took off again 10cc comprised essentially two song writing camps Gouldman and Stewart plus Godley and Creme although they would sometimes intermingle Our principle was always the music says Gouldman whatever s best for the song That means if I can sing better than you on it that s what happens Or if Lol can play lead guitar better than you he ll do it Consequently we had four singers in the band four instrumentalists and four producers plus Eric also engineered the sessions The other thing was whoever wrote the song it kind of became the property of the four of us You couldn t say That song is crap I don t want anything to do with it What you had to say was I don t like that part of the song but I think we could make it better by doing this You always had to come up with something positive It was the combination of all four of us that made the difference not only in the song writing but in the production values as well says Gouldman Whether it s the eight minute pop opera Une Nuit a Paris or the No 1 hit pop masterpiece I m Not In Love both from The Original Soundtrack 1975 album no two 10cc records sound the same A very important element explains Gouldman was we were completely self contained There wasn t even a producer If Eric was singing one of us would work the board We used to just give the tracks straight to the record company Indeed they didn t even have a recognisable frontman Eric was a very good looking guy who took on the role quite often and Lol was also brilliant out front But you d never know on the record who was playing guitar or even who was singing sometimes The first time 10cc played live at the Isle of Man Casino in 1973 they were taken aback at the response We went onstage and girls started screaming It was like what the hell is going on We imagined ourselves as professors of pop who were going to give a lecture on pop music but it wasn t like that at all The critical plaudits also rolled in Rolling Stone calling The Original Soundtrack better than anything the Beach Boys have done of late The NME described I m Not In Love as a John Lennon song with a Paul McCartney vocal In an age where critics spent an inordinate amount of time trying to identify the new Beatles 10cc increasingly seemed to fit the bill Because we existed in our own world we didn t need anyone to tell us how good we were We listened to the records and went this is everything we want it to be and more Even after the astonishing success of I m Not In Love they refused to play the game and followed it up with the acidic Art For Art s Sake and scored another Top 5 hit Art for art s sake money for God s sake was something my late father used to say to me although he wasn t cynical like that at all he was very artistic But it s such a lovely phrase Eric had this riff and I just started singing that and the song came The biggest surprise of all was the departure of Godley and Creme after their next album How Dare You It was horrible Gouldman confesses It was an absolute disaster Like getting a divorce Godley and Creme had become preoccupied with the Gizmotron from the word gizmo a device they had invented which when applied could bring new sounds and textures out of an electric guitar Obsessed with devising a showcase for it they began recording a triple album together Consequences Says a reflective Gouldman now Kev and I who stayed quite close have talked about this since and have decided what should have happened he and Lol should have gone off and done their thing for a year or so then allowed 10cc to resume But that s just not how things were done in the 70s No one had a year off Plus I think the record company were probably expecting another album tours were booked and so on Instead Gouldman and Stewart continued as 10cc and scored more notable successes with their next two albums Deceptive Bends 1977 featuring their next worldwide hit single Things We Do For Love and Bloody Tourists 1978 which spawned another international hit Dreadlock Holiday We were on a mission to prove ourselves says Gouldman This wasn t like a couple of guys leaving the band who just played their instruments This was two of the producers going two of the singers going two of the songwriters going So it was a real 50 percent gone Ultimately the split took its toll and when

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  • Steve Harley still smiling after 40 years - Wickham Festival
    Hey it IS you But I left him to enjoy the song He did not recognise me at all but it was interesting to see his reaction Steve Harley is looking forward to returning to Wickham My wife just raised her eyebrows as if to say Not that again but I must admit it did give me a bit of a warm glow It should come as no surprise that the 1975 Number One hit should still be getting air time across the globe it is still regularly voted in polls of the top 100 songs of all time Steve added It is fair to say it has stood the test of time People ask if I ever get tired of playing it how could I That song has been very good to me It is a different version every night and I love playing it and I love the reaction from the audience The place usually goes ape as soon as we play the opening notes People love it I would never fail to play it That would be disrespectful and churlish I have written more than 130 songs but that one stands out though I do get a bit miffed if people think that is all I have done especially semi professionals who don t do their research I trained as a reporter so I know all about research and I know it does matter so I get a bit fed up with people who don t do it I was always taught to check double check and then check again but it is a very different world these days Steve Harley in Bonn Photo by Karlheinz Beck Despite scoring just 24 in his mock O Level in Maths Steve s first job was as a trainee accountant at the Daily Express But his love of journalism saw him train as a reporter despite leaving school without an English A Level he eventually took it in his mid Thirties It is easy to assume now that Steve would have gone into music journalism but that was never his aim He added I trained as a hack and I would have stayed that way I loved being a news reporter and mixing with journalists but I have no regrets about switching to the music industry I trained with some people who have gone on to become very successful in the industry but I never look back and wonder what might have been I have lived a life full of highlights Everything has been such an adventure and I have travelled the world said Steve Three years ago I took my acoustic show to Norway We went to Tromso in the Arctic Circle where they have six months of daylight and six months of darkness It was dark after the gig so I guess it must have been winter and as we were being driven back to the hotel the driver asked if we wanted to go and see the

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  • Recommended by the Guardian - Wickham Festival
    2 weeks ago View on Facebook Share Last chance this weekend to save 30 on earlybird weekend season tickets for this summer s Wickham Festival Please see our website for details and artists line up so far www wickhamfestival co uk Tickets See More See Less Tickets Wickham Festival wickhamfestival co uk 2016 Earlybird Tickets The earlier you buy the cheaper they are Option 2 Telephone 01329 231942 Ferneham Hall Option 3 Post Book before 31st January 2016 Save 30 per ticket CLICK HERE 2 weeks ago View on Facebook Share We really like the We Are Kings website your one stop shop for festival news unique clothing accessories www wearekingsuk com See More See Less Home 2016 We Are Kings wearekingsuk com We Are Kings UK is your one stop shop for all your festival needs We cover it all for you from festival and music reviews predictions on what s up and coming as well as festival fashion tips and 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share For Burns Night The wonderful Eddi Reader who is performing at The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow tonight and subject to final confirmation at Wickham in August www youtube com watch v RMmtBgMaF5I list RDRMmtBgMaF5I t 13 See More See Less Eddi Reader Ae Fond Kiss Recorded at Celtic Connections January 2009 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share One of The Guardian s Top 8 Boutique and family friendly music Festivals Voted Best Festival cap under 15000 at the 2015 Live UK Music Awards Save 30 on earlybird season tickets if booked by Feb 1 Please see our website for line up so far plus booking form www wickhamfestival co uk See More See Less 3 weeks ago View on Facebook Share View on Facebook Our Twitter Feed Tweets by

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