by Richard Mark, Digital Editor
FOLK legend Richard Thompson will be the first headline act of one of the South’s biggest independent music festival.
Widely regarded as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, Thompson will close the four-day Wickham festival on Sunday August 5, 2018 with his electric trio.
Equally adept on both electric and acoustic guitars, the founding member of Fairport Convention has been included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 guitarists of all-time.
Thompson has been described by the Los Angeles times as the “finest rock songwriter since Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” winning the prestigious Ivor Novello award in 2011 and earning an OBE.
He will join the Undertones, Tom Robinson, Kate Rusby and perennial favourites the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on the stage next year.
Gosport Councillor Peter Chegwyn, festival organiser, said: “We are delighted Richard Thompson has agreed to headline.
“He is one of the most iconic musicians on the scene and someone who is regularly requested by our fans.
“The festival has grown rapidly from being in the backstage of a community centre to a successful festival.
“In many ways we are returning to our roots with a very strong folk line-up which will appeal to the many regulars who come year after year, as well as our new generation of fans.
“We are close to finalising some other exciting major acts which will be very popular and we also have a very strong programme both in the Big Top and on the other stages.
“Bookings are already going exceptionally well partly on the back of last year’s hugely successful event and partly on the back of our reputation for always delivering a great line-up with a fantastic atmosphere.”
The festival attracted more than 20,000 people this weekend.
Weekend tickets are currently on sale at £120 with Under 16’s admitted half price and Under 10’s gaining free admission.
A weekend camping pass is £30 and parking is free.
See www.wickhamfestival.co.uk for more details.