First acts announced for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 40th Anniversary


Fairport’s Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2019.

The organisers have announced most of the acts booked for next summer’s event which will take place on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August 2019. The remaining acts will be announced in January 2019.

It was also announced that tickets will go on sale on 3 December 2018.

Host band FAIRPORT CONVENTION will open the festival on Thursday 8 August with an acoustic performance then take the stage again on 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, makes his first appearance at Cropredy.  Fresh from a world tour with Robert Plant, SETH LAKEMAN returns to Cropredy after a ten year absence. 

Cropredy is as much a British summer institution as Wimbledon – The Guardian

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.

Cropredy tickets on sale for Christmas, on 3rd December 2018. Three-day festival tickets cost £140. Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

The first 1,000 orders will receive a Christmas card signed by all five members of Fairport Convention.