Due to Covid restrictions and other distractions, the Wickham Festival gig will be The Saw Doctors’ first UK gig in five years.
In 2017, the popular Irish band sold out a ten-date UK tour that included several sold-out shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush and Glasgow Barrowland.
“It’s a Blues Brothers moment here in the Saw Doctors camp,” says band guitarist Leo Moran. “What a relief to be playing live again after two years of Covid.”
Over the years, The Saw Doctors have earned a reputation as a go-to live band. Famous for their relentless energy, their live show is still performed with as much passion and fervor as their legendary small town gigs 30 years ago in Ireland.
Their date at the Wickham Festival is a blast for the organizers as it will be the Irish band’s only appearance at the festival in 2022.
The Boys of Tuam recently announced four big UK shows in the run up to Christmas, but Wickham fans will get an exclusive preview as they headline on Friday August 4th.
Organizer Peter Chegwyn said: “We are delighted they are swapping their beloved N17 for the U27 to play at the Wickham Festival.
“The Saw Doctors are longtime favorites here and the response has been incredible with ticket sales taking a real boost with fans eager to see them return to these shores after so long.
“They had a four-year hiatus from touring, partly because of the pandemic. But now they are ready to hit the road again. As soon as we heard they were playing live again, we called them to persuade them to come especially for us.
“It’s a huge deal for us to get them and we’re delighted they accepted. I know other festivals wanted them, but I like to think they chose us because of our unique atmosphere. and the fact that they are always so well received.
“Our regulars absolutely love them because they always put on a fantastic live show with a real party feel and there’s already a real excited buzz that they’ll be making a return to Wickham.
“Their four shows in November and December are already heading to sell-outs and it looks like our Friday nights may now follow suit.”
Singer Davy Carton said: “We are very happy to be back at Wickham. It’s an event that is close to our hearts, we love to play there.
“The atmosphere is very special and the crowd is always amazing. We aim to give them a real party. It’s going to be a great night, the kind where I almost wish I was in the crowd!
Founding member Leo Moran added: “We are really looking forward to getting back to playing live and Wickham was an obvious choice for our first visit to the UK. We have so many friends there and now we can’t wait to get back on stage!
The Saw Doctors announcement rounds out a stellar lineup that’s packed with perennial favorites, including the Waterboys who close out the event on Sunday, August 7.
The four-day festival kicks off Thursday August 3 with 10CC, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Chris Difford of Squeeze, Oyster Band and Grace Petrie.
In addition to the Saw Doctors, Friday features Martha Wainwright, Rumer, Spooky Men’s Chorale and Skinny Lister.
Saturday will feature high-octane shows from The Levellers, Ferocious Dog, the Undertones, The Dhol Foundation and Show of Hands while Sunday will also feature Gilbert O’Sullivan and the Men They Couldn’t Hang.
Chegwyn added: “It’s a fantastic line-up filled with lots of old favorites and lots of new bands as well. It’s a great mix and proving popular with tickets selling out quickly, especially since that we announced the Saw Doctors.
“The most important thing however is the atmosphere which will remain the same as we return two steps from the marquee now that the pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
“Once again we will have a wide range of craft and food stalls, a wide selection of beers, late night comedy and plenty of entertainment for young children. They can roam free in a safe environment. while their parents enjoy a wide variety of music.
Four-day tickets are currently on sale at £200 with half price admitted for under-16s and free entry for under-10s. Day tickets are also available. A weekend camping pass costs £30 and parking is free. See www.wickhamfestival.co.uk for details.