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Fairport Cropredy Convention 2021 (Cancelled)
12 August to 14 August
About Fairport Cropredy Convention 2021
There is cautious optimism that the Fairport Cropredy Convention 2021 will be staged, as planned, over the weekend of 12 to 14 August 2021. The annual festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band Fairport Convention is held on the edge of the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire.
Message from the organisers
I’m very sorry to have to inform you that we have finally run out of time to stage Fairport’s Cropredy Convention this year. We’re left with no other choice than to postpone our festival until 11-13 August 2022. We have reached the point where we’d need to spend BIG money without any certainty we could go ahead.
Like the rest of the festival industry, we’ve tried everything we can to keep going but I’m afraid we would be placing Cropredy’s future in serious jeopardy if we were to wait any longer. The dilemma we are facing is very simple – go ahead and risk potentially going out of business or postpone for a year and live to fight another day.
So far, despite over six months of lobbying, the government has failed to support any form of Covid-related cancellation insurance scheme for the festival industry. Also, there has been no guidance on what mitigations might be required post Step 4. This has made it effectively impossible to plan this year’s event.
I have spoken to all the acts booked for Cropredy this year. They (and their representatives) have provisionally agreed to transfer the bookings to the same days and times in 2022. This means we will carry forward the same great line-up into 2022. I am sincerely grateful to the acts, their managers and agents for their understanding and support.
All tickets purchased for the 2020 and 2021 festivals will automatically roll over to 2022. This will help us keep the festival going throughout the coming months while we prepare for next summer. I want to thank you all for the understanding you’ve shown in this. Of course, if you can’t attend in 2022 you will be entitled to a refund*.
I also want to thank everyone involved in the planning of the festival so far. They’ve worked through some of the most difficult challenges our industry has ever known. We are grateful for the Culture Recovery Fund grants we’ve received - as intended, the funds have filtered through to our suppliers and helped them keep going through these lean times.
The last 15 months have been an incredibly frustrating time for all musicians and Fairport are no exception. We are obviously in regular contact and I know they were really looking forward seeing everyone at Cropredy next month. Having to postpone comes as a bitter blow to them.
This is a pretty emotional time in the Festival Office as you can imagine. It is the second festival I have had to postpone – on my watch! However, I promise that we will return and when we do it will be AMAZING!
Again, if you can hold on to your tickets, please do. Knowing you will be with us again next year means a great deal to us at this time.
We will see you in the field at Cropredy next year but until we do, on behalf of all at Team Cropredy, please look after yourselves and each other.
*If you can’t roll your tickets over to 2022 and require a refund, please contact The Ticket Factory. I shall publish a link later today, here on the websbite. Cropredy is not the only festival to postpone in the last few days so please be patient with The Ticket Factory staff who are all still working from home. Your funds are secure and they will deal with your claim as quickly as they can.
Thursday 12 August
The Trevor Horn Band
Fairport Convention Acoustic
Friday 13 August
Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited
Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Saturday 14 August
Fairport Convention & Friends (inc Full House)
Matthews Southern Comfort
The Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican
Holy Moly & The Crackers
During the 1970s, Daves Pegg and Swarbrick lived in the village of Cropredy. In 1979 Fairport decided to call it a day and, having opened up for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in the early afternoon, tore across the country in their van to do an outdoor Farewell concert at Peewit Farm on Station Road in Cropredy.
A year later, they decided to reconvene with some friends for what would become their annual reunion. Although they had performed in Cropredy before, 1980 is the year Fairport recognise as the first Cropredy Festival. The festival has continued (on various sites, including Broughton Castle) up to the present day, increasing in size from a couple of thousand to its current capacity of 20,000.
Cropredy is a music festival - it could never be pigeon-holed as a folk festival. Along with the finest in folk and folk-rock - Lindisfarne, Julie Fowlis, Steeleye Span, Ralph McTell, Cara Dillon - the Cropredy audience has witnessed the likes of Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Steve Winwood and Buzzcocks. Basically, whatever music Fairport like is what ends up on the bill.
And, bucking current trends, the Cropredy Festival has always stuck to the one-stage idea. The advantage to the customer is that they won't miss anyone. The advantage to the performer is that no matter how far down the bill they are, they are guaranteed to be performing in front of at least 10k people. Beats being stuck in an 'Unsigned' tent in some remote corner of a forgotten field for sure.
The Cropredy 'Fringe' - entertainment provided by the two pubs in the village - act as satellite stages. Indeed, many of the acts that have appeared at the festival have performed at The Brasenose Arms and The Red Lion on their way.