Festival lines up stars

Chas and Dave
Chas and Dave
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Cockney duo Chas and Dave and 80s bands Marillion and The Waterboys are among the star attractions announced for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention line-up.

Tickets for the event have gone on sale which presents more than 30 hours of live music from 21 different acts at the from Thursday, August 7 to Saturday, August 9.

This year, the festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Headlining on Thursday night is The Waterboys. Formed thirty years ago by Mike Scott, The Waterboys are famous for their powerful performances and genre-busting records.

Scott’s original and unusual songwriting is merged with older music - country, trad, blues and gospel - and the band has matured into one of the world’s finest live acts.

Appearing on Friday night is Chas and Dave. The ‘rockney’ duo are making their first appearance at Cropredy so the audience can look forward to a right old knees-up.

Accomplished musicianship, witty lyrics and classic pub rock arrangements add up to great entertainment.

On Saturday night is Marillion, pioneers of the British ‘neo-prog’ genre with success in both the album and singles charts. Expect soulful ballads, powerful anthems and musical virtuosity in a blistering live show from one of the most innovative bands on the UK rock scene.

Celtic bands include Scotland’s Capercaillie, Ireland’s Cara Dillon and Brittany’s Churchfitters while Wales will be represented by emerging artist Deborah Rose.

Other notable acts include Steve Hackett’s Genesis Extended, The Wonder Stuff, and The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

As in previous years, Cropredy will also feature the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

The evening will be finished off with a performance from legendary folk act Fairport Convention.

Tickets are on sale now. One-day, two-day and three-day tickets are exclusively available from Fairport’s website fairportconvention.com and ticket phone line 0900 637 1644.