Thrilling acts line up for Fairport’s Cropredy 40th

FAIRPORT’S Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2019, with early-bird tickets already on sale.

Photo: Ben Nicholson

Organisers have announced many of the acts booked for next summer’s event, which will take place on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10, August.

Tickets went on sale in December.

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

Thursday’s headline act will be The Waterboys, whose potent performance makes them one of the UK’s most exciting live acts.

Former Fairport member Richard Thompson will appear with his erstwhile bandmates Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol.

Award-winning Martin Simpson, one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists, will make his first appearance at Cropredy.

Fresh from a world tour with Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman returns after a 10-year absence.

Celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull’s music, Martin Barre’s band includes the original Tull drummer Clive Bunker and long-time bassist Jonathan Noyce.

Pioneers of Canterbury’s prog rock scene, Caravan will be making their Cropredy debut.

Scottish singer-guitarist Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs are a new high-octane prog-metal band.

Daphne’s Flight features five female singer-songwriters; Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While.

BAFTA nominee Richard Digance returns to his traditional Cropredy Saturday lunchtime slot.

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

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

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

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

Billed as Britain’s friendliest music festival, the event attracts up to 20,000 music fans of all ages from all walks of life.

It takes place at Cropredy near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Three-day festival tickets cost £140 and camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

For box office details visit Fairport Convention’s website