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Alice Cooper, 10CC and Fairport Convention will be among the star names lining up for three days of music in Cropredy next month.

Running from Thursday, August 8 to Saturday, August 10, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention is an annual folk festival which has been running in the village since 1976.

Headlining the show on Thursday, running from 4pm to 11pm is one of rock music’s great originals, Alice Cooper. He is best known for songs such as School’s Out and Poison.

He is renowned for his stagecraft and showmanship. Alice has been on the Cropredy ‘wish list’ for years and now at last will present his grandly theatrical show to the festival.

It is also going to be the only chance for UK audiences to be able to see Alice Cooper perform in 2013.

Also performing on the Thursday are Fairport Acoustic Convention, Fake Thackray, melodic rock group Romeo’s Daughter and Edward II who blend high energy reggae, English folk and jazz.

Friday’s performers will be appearing from noon to midnight. Back by popular demand, 10cc went down a storm with the audience in 2006 with great musicianship and well loved hits.

Also performing on Friday are The Levellers. The legendary folkrock powerhouse will be bringing their storming and exuberant set to the stage.

Other acts to appear on Friday are Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Danny and The Champions of the World will be bringing a soulful rock ‘n’ roll with a British and Americana flavour.

Devon-based husand and wife, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, idiosyncratic folk act, Moulettes, and Irish acoustic act, Lunasa, will appear.

Saturday will see comedian Richard Digance performing his traditional graveyard slot, followed by Mediaeval Baebes, bringing medieval madrigals to life. Brooks Williams will be singing the blues, followed by Leeds-based band The Dunwells.

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Fairies will perform while also returning by popular request is Nik Kershaw, who last appeared in 2009.

Saturday night will be rounded off with a performance from Fairport Convention. The spectacular three-hour set will give the band a chance to really stretch its wings and roam far and wide through a repertoire stretching back over the last 40 years. The band will also be performing with a special mystery guest.

It is the last chance to buy tickets at a cheaper rate as the prices will go up from Thursday, August 1.

A three-day ticket is £110 each, a ticket for Friday and Saturday is £100 and Saturday tickets are £75. Each ticket price goes up by £5 from August 1. Tickets for children under 12 are free as long if accompanied by an adult.

Camping is available at a cost of £35 for three days, and £30 for two days. It is free on Saturday for those with a festival ticket. Motorcyclists, cyclists, backpackers and pedestrians camp free of charge.

For further details about the festival, its acts and to book tickets for the events visit www.fairportconvention.com