Every August, Cropredy inhabitants welcome an invasion of up to 20,000 music-lovers for Fairport's Cropredy Convention. The festival site and the adjacent village melt into one big jamboree. It’s excellent stuff!
The festival is not only a celebration of one of most influential bands to grace a stage, but also acts as a showcase for emerging artists, as well as featuring some major players on the international music scene. This is all a rather special annual event!
Organised by Fairport Convention itself, this outdoor extravaganza has been held annually since the 1970s so the audience includes children (and even grandchildren) of festival-goers who've been coming back year after year. There is also a strong contingent of younger newcomers each year. This gives the event a uniquely 'family-friendly' atmosphere and a real sense of tradition.
Read the FFA review of the splendid 2013 bash HERE.
Ticket prices (from): Adult Early Bird Three-day (Thurs, Fri, Sat) ticket £110 / Two-day (Fri and Sat) ticket £100 / Saturday-only ticket £70.
Three-day camping costs £35 per vehicle, two-day camping costs £30 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. Camping on Saturday night is free for people with a one-day festival ticket.
Artists booked to appear include The Waterboys, Chas & Dave, Marillion, Capercaillie, Cara Dillon, Churchfitters, Deborah Rose, Steve Hackett's Genesis Extended, The Wonder Stuff, and The Australian Pink Floyd Show.
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Created on Wed 12th March 2014
Legendary folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention will welcome the return of long-serving member Dave Pegg on bass guitar when the band hits the road this spring. Earlier in the year, his son Matt had to stand in as bassist when Pegg senior badly injured his hand in a kitchen accident.
Created on Wed 29th January 2014
Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival announces the full line-up of artists for the 2014 event.
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Cropredy 2014 tickets officially go on sale on 1 February 2014, you can buy yours from their online store between 8 and 18 December 2013 and they'll be delivered to UK addresses in time for Christmas.
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Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival is a flagship event on the UK festival scene; certainly one of the longest running and spoken about in such hushed and reverential terms that you just know you will experience something very special indeed... and so it proved in 2013.
Banbury has a mainline railway station. It is served by half-hourly Chiltern Line trains from London Marylebone station and Birmingham Snow Hill station. It is also served by Virgin Trains crosscountry services from many parts of the UK.
You can find out train times by telephone from 08457 484950 or by visiting the rail enquiries website.
When you arrive at Banbury railway station, ask a staffmember where to catch the bus to Cropredy. During the festival, buses to Cropredy are frequent.
If you are coming by car, the best route is to travel to Banbury on the M40 motorway. You need to leave the motorway at junction 11 which is signposted for Banbury (see the maps on this website). At the top of the slip road is a roundabout. You should see temporary signs which will say 'Music Festival' or 'Fairport Cropredy' or something similar. Follow the temporary festival signs. You will turn off the main road onto a country lane. This will take you through the village – please drive slowly here – and you will soon find yourself in the the queue for parking and camping at Cropredy.
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