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Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2019, Fairport's Cropredy Convention presents three days of music in a beautiful rural setting. The festival will take place on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August 2019 at Cropredy in Oxfordshire, three miles from Junction 11 of the M40 motorway. Billed as Britain's friendliest music festival, the event attracts up to 20,000 music fans of all ages from all walks of life.

Headline acts for 2019 include The Waterboys (Thursday), Frank Turner (Friday); and host band Fairport Convention (Saturday), witgh other major acts including Gogol Bordello on Thursday, Seth Lakeman on Friday and Richard Thompson also on Friday. The line-up encompasses soaring harmonies from female ensembles Wildwood Kin and Daphne's Flight,  instrumental virtuosity from Will Pound (harmonica), Eddy Jay (accordion) and Martin Simpson (guitar), and classic rock from Martin Barre and prog legends Caravan. Lil Jim, Tors, The 4 of Us, Wilson & Wakeman, Richard Digance, Tide Lines and Zal Cleminson's /sin'dogs/ complete the line-up.

One-day, two-day and three-day tickets are exclusively available from Fairport's website and by phone 0844 581 1396

Fairport's Cropredy Convention full line-up in running order:

Thursday 8 August

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.

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 combine elements of music, theatre, chaos and sorcery To say this is a fabulous festival act would be the grossest of understatements.

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

Formed in Newry, Northern Ireland, by brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy, The 4 of Us are known for poetic songs, harmony vocals and highly accomplished guitar.

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.

Performing as 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 will be making their Cropredy debut. Their mix of psychedelia, jazz and classical music has been highly influential.

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

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

One of the finest live acts out there, Frank Turner will headline on Friday night with his band Sleeping Souls, a first visit to Cropredy by one of the UK’s most successful solo artists of the past decade.

Saturday 10 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairport Convention and guests take the stage for their traditional two-hour-plus Saturday headline show.

"Cropredy is as much a British summer institution as Wimbledon" - The Guardian

"A great way to while away an August weekend" - The Sunday Times

"Chilled-out vibe and great music" - The Sun

"The perfect festival ... lovely people of all ages and all types with terrific music" - Daily Mail

"Probably the most reliably blissful summer entertainment Britain can offer" - Financial Times

"Multi-generational outing marinated in late sixties good vibes" - Daily Telegraph