Cropredy is a village five miles north of Banbury in Oxfordshire. Every August, its inhabitants welcome an invasion of up to 20,000 music-lovers for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. The event is held over the second full weekend of August, from Thursday afternoon to midnight on Saturday.
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.
The full line-up of acts at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2010 included Status Quo who headlined Thursday, with Bellowhead, Little Feat, Pauline Black and Rick Wakeman. Fairport Convention themselves headlining, as is traditional, on the Saturday.
Other acts included Easy Star All Stars, 3 Daft Monkeys, Mabon, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Thea Gilmore, Martyn Joseph, The Martin Taylor Quartet, Breabach, Little Johnny England, Leatherat, and The Tindalls.
WBBC produced a 90-minute long documentary programme on the festival for Sky Arts, which came out at 1st and 2nd in the viewer ratings published after their ‘festival season.