Cropredy festival wins
coveted TPi industry award
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, billed as Britain’s friendliest music festival, has won a prestigious industry award.
At the TPi Awards, staged in London on the evening of Monday 7 February 2011, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention director Gareth Williams collected the coveted Editors Award on behalf of Fairport Convention, the folkrock group which hosts Cropredy.
Gareth Williams says: “Fairport’s festival at Cropredy has been staged for over 30 years and for much of that time has remained relatively unnoticed by the music industry. Or so we thought. We are all truly touched by this recognition by our peers in the industry and we want to thank Mark Cunningham for the accolade of the TPi Editor’s Award.”
At the annual awards ceremony, Total Production International honours live event organisers, sound engineers, lighting directors, show and video designers and other industry professionals.
Mark Cunningham, Editor-in-chief of TPi, selects and presents his Editors Award for outstanding achievements. Past recipients have included U2’s production staff and the Led Zeppelin O2 reunion crew.
Mr Cunningham said: “Its a pity Cropredy tends to slip under the radar when it comes to awards because it deserves to be recognised as being up there with the very best. And this year, TPi is doing just that.”
Fairport Convention bandmembers could not attend the TPi Awards because the band is currently on tour. However, they were able to thank the 1,000 guests at the awards ceremony by video on the event’s big screen.
Dave Pegg, Fairport’s bassist, said: “Cropredy is the highlight of our year so it’s an honour and a delight for us to get this award. I’d like to thank all the festival staff down the years, Gareth Williams who’s holding the fort for us tonight, Simon Nicol, the rest of the band and all the loyal fans who come every year and make the event such a success. Thank you all.”
Fellow bandmember Simon Nicol added: “This is the most amazing surprise we never thought when we started out all those years ago that one day we’d be getting an award like this. Cropredy festival is a fine event but it only works because of all the professionals who put their backs into it . To all of them and to our festival-goers, a big thank you.”
EDITORS NOTES 1 CROPREDY PRESS CONTACT
Stevie Horton, Iconic Media 07879 844397
Office phone: 01926 632946
PO Box 1957
Eathorpe, Warks CV33 9YG
EDITORS NOTES2 TPi AWARDS PRESS CONTACT
Editor: Mark Cunningham
Phone 01702 333003
Mobile 07713 099088
The annual Total Production International Awards event has, since 2002, become regarded throughout the world as the premier networking event for the live production industry. It honours not only the Live Production Of The Year, but also some of the most talented sound engineers, lighting and show designers, video creatives and tour/production managers to name but a few.
Launched in 1998, Total Production International (TPi) is the leading monthly magazine for the international live event production focusing on sound, lighting, video and staging technologies in concert touring, theatre and special events. TPi is circulated to over 25,000 production professionals in 8,000 locations in almost 90 countries. As well as being delivered in print, every issue of TPi is published as a fully-featured digital edition.
EDITORS’ NOTES 3 FAIRPORT’S CROPREDY CONVENTION DETAILS
Thursday 11 August, Friday 12 August, and Saturday 13 August 2011
Located adjacent to Cropredy village, five miles north of Banbury (three miles from junction 11 on M40 motorway), Fairport’s Cropredy Convention presents three days of rock, pop and acoustic music in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
“Cropredy is as much a British summer institution as Wimbledon”
“A great way to while away an August weekend”
The Sunday Times
“One of the best festivals in the world”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
“What Fairport organise at Cropredy is absolutely fantastic”