Fairport’s Cropredy Convention will take place on Thurs 8th, Fri 9th and Sat 10th August 2019. This is a very special year as it’s the festival’s fortieth anniversary (1979-2019).

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Waterboys Photo Credit: Xavie Mercade

The festival’s roots go back to the mid-1970s when Fairport Convention members Dave Pegg and Dave Swarbrick moved to Cropredy. Over the years Fairport’s Cropredy Convention has developed a reputation as a particularly friendly and safe festival aimed at all ages with an emphasis on families.

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2019

Thursday 8 August 2019

Fairport Convention

Host band Fairport Convention will open the festival with a short acoustic performance then take the stage again on Saturday to play a two-hour closing set

Lil Jim

Multi-instrumentalist Lil Jim combines guitar, harmonica and accordion with foot percussion and vocals

Devon indie-folk band Tors is fronted by songwriting brothers Matt and Theo Weedon, grandsons of late guitar maestro Bert Weedon

Gogol Bordello
Theatrical and anarchic, Gogol Boerdello combines elements of music, chaos and sorcery – something very special

The Waterboys
A return to Cropredy for Thursday’s headline act The Waterboys whose potent performance makes them one of the UK’s most exciting live acts

Friday 9 August 2019

The 4 of Us
Newry brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy are known for poetic songs, harmony vocals and highly accomplished guitar playing

Pound & Jay

Will Pound and Eddy Jay are, respectively, among the UK’s finest harmonica and accordion players

Wildwood Kin
Award-winning female trio playing contemporary indie-folk characterised by spellbinding family harmonies

Wilson & Wakeman
Adam Wakeman is best known as the keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath and 
Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over seventy albums


Pioneers of Canterbury’s prog rock scene, Caravan’s mix of psychedelia, jazz and classical music has been highly influential

Seth Lakeman
Fresh from a world tour with Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman returns to Cropredy after a ten year absence

Richard Thompson
Guitar legend and acclaimed songwriter Richard Thompson will appear with erstwhile Fairport bandmates Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol

Frank Turner

One of the finest live acts out there, Frank Turner will be making his Cropredy debut backed by his regular band Sleeping Souls

Saturday 10 August 2019

Richard Digance
BAFTA nominee Richard Digance returns to his traditional Saturday slot to get the day off to a flying start

Tide Lines

Four-piece Tide Lines are shaped by the culture and music of the Scottish Highlands

Daphne’s Flight

Great songs and soaring harmonies from five female singer-songwriters; Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While

Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs
Scottish singer-guitarist Zal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/ is a new high-octane prog-metal band

Martin Barre Band
Celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull’s music, Martin Barre’s band includes the original Tull drummer Clive Bunker

Martin Simpson
Making his first appearance at Cropredy, award-winning Martin Simpson is one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists

Fairport Convention and guests
The festival will end with a marathon set by host band Fairport Convention who will be joined by surprise guests to perform a varied selection from their repertoire

Book your tickets now via the Fairport website.



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