All roads lead to Cropredy and this year’s festival fun

Thousands of people are expected to head to the Cropredy Festival which starts on Thursday
Thousands of people are expected to head to the Cropredy Festival which starts on Thursday

The waiting is almost over for one of the highlights of the summer in Banburyshire as thousands of people prepare to head for this year’s Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which begins on Thursday.

British folk group Steeleye Span made their Cropredy debut back in 1984 and have featured more than once and other notable acts include Lindisfarne, 10cc and Jethro Tull.

And over the years the festival has shown its diverse range of genres, with The Coral performing back in 2011 and Seasick Steve, who wowed the crowd with his handmade guitar and on stage personality.

UB40 brought the house down on the Thursday of that year with their reggae mix and had the crowd singing classic hits such as Red Red Wine, Rat in Mi, Kitchen, Kingston Town and Falling in Love with You.

The following year in 2012 saw the festival bring in some more new acts, with Squeeze and Bellowhead hitting the stage on the Thursday and Joan Armatrading performing on the Friday.

But the next festival was to be one of the most memorable as rock icon Alice Cooper performed a blistering set filled with pyrotechnics and along with British rock band Levellers, famous for their song Beautiful Day, really got the crowd in good spirits.

Last year’s spectacle was also filled with amazing stage displays.

Despite the summer downpour on the Friday, the Australian Pink Floyd Show dazzled with some great hits from the band’s collection.

The Waterboys gave a breathless display on Thursday with the talents of Mike Scott on guitar and Steve Wickham on the fiddle and the party continued into the night with Chas and Dave on the Friday.

Marillion and Al Stewart rounded off the Saturday and as is always the case at Cropredy, Fairport Convention concluded with a fitting end to a great three days.