Festival-goers enjoyed a muddy first day of the Wickham Music Festival, with an Abba tribute band among the headliners.

The festival has had a rain-soaked set-up and was hit with the news that The Proclaimers had to pull out due to illness.

Daily Echo: Wickham Music Festival 2023

However, Thursday August 3 saw performances from Alistair Russell, Martyn Joseph, Track Dogs, Show of Hands, 21st Century ABBA and Fleetwood Collective.

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A post on the Wickham Festival Facebook page said: "What a great opening night! Even the rain could not dampen the spirits with Alistair Russell kicking things off followed by great sets from Martyn Joseph, Track Dogs and our old friends Show of Hands in Big Top 1. And a lovely little tribute to the Wickham Festival from Steve Knightley."

Daily Echo: Wickham Music Festival 2023

Friday's headliners include The Saw Doctors, Mary Black and Frankie Gavin & De Dannen.

To see the best photos from day one, click on the gallery at the top.