Monday, 9 July 2012

Cropredy 2012

.As announcements about Fairport's Cropredy Convention and the village Fringe events are made, this post will be updated. See News section (below) for further info. 

Latest update: July 9th

Got news of Fringe events or other Cropredy happenings? Please get in touch with us!

Festival Line-up

 Thursday August 9
Compere: John Tams

Joan Armatrading
Friday August 10
Compere: Bobby Bragg

Fairport Convention
Saturday August 11
Compere: Bobby Bragg

Cropredy Fringe (events in the village)

Thursday August 9

2pm-7pm at The Red Lion

 at The Brasenose

  • Chris Jagger Acoustic Trio. Garden Stage 12pm
  • Connie Lush and Blues Shouter. Garden Stage 2pm
  • Ricky Cool and the Hoola Boola Boys. Garden Stage 4pm
  • Keith Christmas.  Bar 8pm

Friday August 10

 at The Brasenose

  • Rainy And The Dust. Garden Stage 12pm
  • The Toy Hearts. Garden Stage, 2pm
  • The Roving Crows, Garden Stage, 4pm
  • Dave Onions. Bar, 8pm

2pm-7pm at The Red Lion

St Mary' Church, Cropredy - 5pm
All Quiet On The Western Front (see news item, below)

Saturday August 11

at The Brasenose

  • Spank The Monkey. Garden Stage, 12pm
  • The Cohen Brothers. Garden Stage, 2pm
  • Leatherat. Garden Stage, 4pm.

2pm-7pm at The Red Lion

    Sunday August 12

    at The Brasenose

    Please note this is an unofficial list. For the latest official news please see the Fairport Convention website

    Please check websites of The Red Lion or The Brasenose for confirmed details/timings of Fringe bands. Got news of Fringe events or other Cropredy happenings? Please get in touch with us!

    News Diary

    Black Fox theatre company will be presenting All Quiet On The Western Front in St Mary's Church, Cropredy, at 5pm on Friday 10 August. The show will include readings and songs. The work is based on extracts from Erich Remarque's eponymous novel, narrative and songs from Mick Jones' First World War plays, and poetry from three renowned war poets - musical settings of 'Home Lads Home' by Cicely Fox-Smith, 'To Victory' by Siegfried Sassoon and 'MCMXIV' by Philip Larkin.

    The Festival bus time table is now on the Stagecoach website
    NOT the Festival bus...
    Fairport announce that former band members Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, Jerry Donahue, and Maartin Allcock will all be appearing on stage with Fairport Convention at Cropredy this year ... plus other "special guests".

    Fairport release this year's download-and-print poster:


    • From Fairport:

    "The traditional Fairport Convention warm-up gigs for Cropredy 2012 will be held at Woodford Halse Social Club on the 6th & 7th of August.

    This being an anniversary year, we have invited quite a few ex-Fairport guests for our Saturday night celebration and the large Woodford Halse stage is perfect for fitting everyone in.

    This year, weather permitting, the Social Club will be having a BBQ outside before the show and those wishing to bring their campervans may park up in the ample WHSC car park overnight. "

    Tickets are on sale now.


    • Official release: 
    Britain's friendliest music festival, Fairport's Cropredy Convention, has announced the line-up of artists appearing at this year's event. Twenty acts will play more than thirty hours of live music over the festival's three days and there will be an emphasis on emerging talent.

    Fairport's Cropredy Convention takes place on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August 2012 at its usual site on farmland north of Banbury, Oxfordshire, three miles from Junction 11 of the M40 motorway.

    Tickets will go on sale from today (Friday 17 February). As in previous years, the festival offers one-day, two-day and three-day tickets which are exclusively available from with a substantial discount for early booking.

    Headliners for 2012 include Big Country, Joan Armatrading and Squeeze. The customary Saturday night closing performance from host band Fairport Convention will be preceded by a set from former Dr Hook frontman Dennis Locorriere.

    Former Fairport member Richard Thompson is a regular at Cropredy and this year he will be playing a solo set on Friday evening. Folkrock orchestra Bellowhead and reggae band Legend both return to the festival by popular demand.

    As well as established big name acts, this year's Fairport's Cropredy Convention will showcase up-and-coming young bands. There will be a set by the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Ioscaid, a six-piece traditional Irish band. Other emerging young bands include Calan, Ellen And The Escapades, Larkin Poe and Brother & Bones.

    "Cropredy has always thrived on variety," says Simon Nicol, Fairport's lead singer and festival co-organiser, "and we are particularly proud to feature so many younger artists this year. The music we've selected ranges from pop and rock to reggae and folk, a line-up to appeal to most tastes and age groups."

    "We don't usually put tickets on sale until March," Mr Nicol says, "but because demand has been so heavy in recent years we've opened our box office earlier than usual. We advise festival-goers to get their orders in quickly."

    Musical highlights from Fairport's Cropredy Convention have been broadcast on Sky Arts 1 HD television channel for the past two years and the 2012 event will also be recorded for transmission later in the year.

    Fairport Convention is celebrating 45 years as a working band during 2012 and will feature in a hour-long music documentary to be broadcast on BBC Four television this summer.

    Tickets for Fairport's Cropredy Convention are on sale from Friday 17 February 2012. There are substantial discounts for early purchase. As in previous years, the festival offers three-day (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) tickets; two-day (Friday and Saturday) tickets; and Saturday-only tickets.
    Prices for tickets purchased before 1 June 2012 are:
    • Three-day tickets £100
    • Two-day tickets £90
    • Saturday-only £7
    Prices for tickets purchased between 1 June and 31 July 2012 are:

    • Three-day tickets £105
    • Two-day tickets £95
    • Saturday-only £75
    Prices for tickets purchased after 31 July 2012 (including at the festival gates) are:
    • Three-day tickets £110
    • Two-day tickets £100
    • Saturday-only £80

    • Children under 12 years old are admitted free provided they are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
    • Camping is charged per vehicle (up to five occupants). For added convenience and security, tents are erected next to the camping party's vehicle.
    • Three-day camping costs £35 per vehicle, two-day camping costs £30 per vehicle. 
    • Camping on Saturday night is free for people with a festival ticket. 
    • Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians camp free of charge.


    • Online ticket purchase from
    • Telephone ticket purchase from 0900 637 1644 (Note that the call will cost 50p from a BT landline).
    • Postal ticket purchase from PO Box 8413, Bilsthorpe, Notts NG22 8WY

    Other news: Sources suggest that the Red Lion pub in Cropredy, which has been closed since before Christmas, is due to reopen on Monday February 20th. 

    Fairport announce: "We'll be announcing the full Cropredy 2012 line-up and putting the tickets on sale this Friday!" 

    Fairport announces via Twitter and Facebook: "Cropredy line-up now complete. Just waiting for the lengthy contract exchanges before we can tell you who and when."

    Ioscaid (pronounced iss-kidge), a six piece band from Northern Ireland and all aged between 18 and 20, picked up the Young Folk Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. An appearance at Cropredy is part of the prize for the winners of the award

    Bob Marley tribute band Legend will be fulfilling the traditional reggae quota this year with a set on Thursday afternoon. Legend played a rain-lashed Cropredy in 2008, and proved a hit with soaked punters.

    The Friday Night line up for Fairport's Cropredy Convention has been officially announced.

    Headlining will be singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, making her Cropredy debut.
    Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors return for the first time since their 1997 appearance at Cropredy. Fairport say this band is one of their most requested guests.
    Ex-Fairport guitarist Richard Thompson will be appearing solo on Friday as well as joining the reunion of   former FC members on the Saturday night, as the band celebrates its 45th anniversary.
    And six-piece English folk band Tarras will be returning, having last played Croppers in 2001.


    Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2012 will take place in Oxfordshire, England, on the second weekend in August - 9th to 11th.