An annual well attended festival of folk and rock music held on the edge of the village of Cropredy, and run by Fairport Convention.
This year's 37th anniversary of the festival will take place from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th August 2017.
The festival will have been running for nearly forty years but host band Fairport Convention will be celebrating its golden anniversary – the group’s very first gig was on 27 May 1967. As part of the anniversary celebration, Cropredy will feature a host of guests from Fairport’s past but will also look towards the band’s future.
On Thursday night the festival will host The Divine Comedy as headliners. The line-up will also include Show of Hands, Feast of Fiddles, Pierce Brothers, Dougie MacLean, Marillion, Cats In Space, Gigspanner, and The Gerry Colvin Band.
As is traditional, Fairport Convention will play on Thursday with a short welcoming set by the band's semi-acoustic line-up to open the festival and celebrate their fifty years with a marathon performance to close the festival on Saturday. Joined on stage by former members and guests, their set will feature the very best from half a century of musicmaking.
There will be two chances to see Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson. He will play a full set in his own right on Friday then join Fairport on Saturday evening. Saturday's afternoon programme will start with a triple bill of performances from 'early years' former members of Fairport – Ashley Hutchings Morris On, Judy Dyble with Band of Perfect Strangers, and Iain Matthews with Plainsong - as part of the anniversary celebration.
Cropredy will also present a set by the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award on Friday. The rest of the line-up will be announced early in 2017.
For the line-up details as available please click here.
The first 1000 pre-Xmas orders will receive a special Fairport Christmas Card signed by the band themselves! The first 2000 ticket orders will receive a souvenir Cropredy car sticker.
A three-day (Thurs, Fri, Sat) ticket is priced at £125. Children under 12 years old are admitted free provided they have a free ticket and are accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Three-day camping costs £45 per vehicle. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians camp free of charge.
Camping is charged per vehicle (up to five occupants). For convenience and security, tents are erected next to the camping party's vehicle.
2 day (Fri/Sat) and 1 day (Sat) tickets are expected to go on sale on 1 February.
The festival runs from 4pm - 11pm Thursday, Noon - midnight Friday and Saturday. Camp sites open 9am Thursday.
It's a very friendly festival with great ales, no sell-out out to rampant commercialism, and no huge ticket prices.
There is a regular service to and from the festival from both the bus and train stations.
Unlike many other festivals, here you can park your vehicle next to your tent. You MUST have a concert ticket for the day you arrive to camp or caravan. Space on the campsites is for concert goers only. If you wish to camp with friends or family you must meet up somewhere off-site and arrive together as spaces cannot be saved.
There is also a new camping field this year - Field 8 is a 3.6 hectare field on the way to Fields 7a - 7d on School Lane bordered by trees and hedges.
Please note Chinese Lanterns are banned at Cropredy.
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