Level 42 to join Cropredy festival


Fairport’s Cropredy Convention has revealed more of the acts which will headline the festival this summer.

Lauded 1980s’ pop funk band, Level 42, will headline the Friday, with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell closing the opening night.

Level 42 comprise of singer and bassist Mark King, keyboard player Mike Lindup, drummer Pete Ray Biggin, guitarist Nathan King and saxophonist Sean Freeman.

The band had several minor hit singles before 1984’s The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) made the top 10.

Their 1985 album World Machine then sold more than three million copies across the world, with Lessons In Love from their Running In The Family LP topping the singles charts.

The festival takes place in the village of Cropredy on the border of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

It runs from Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 16.

Joining Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell on the opening day will be Katzenjammer, Dreadzone and Trad Arrr.

Fairport Convention will open the festival with an acoustic set.

Joining Level 42 on the Friday will be The Proclaimers, Fish, Skerryvore, Skinny Lister, Judith Owen, ahab and the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

The final day will be headlined by Fairport Convention and guests with Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix, Toyah Willcox, Band of Friends, The New Grasscutters, Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson and Richard Digance.

Organisers are still to announce the final special guests for the Sunday night.

Three-day tickets cost £115. Three-day camping passes cost £40 per vehicle.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday cost £105, with two- day camping costing £35 per vehicle. Day tickets for the Saturday cost £70.

Admission for children aged under 12 is free if accompanied by a paying adult. Camping for bikers and backpackers is free. To book, visit www.fairportconvention.com or call 0900 6371644.