Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Best of 2017: Matt's List

Best of 2017: Matt's List

2017 was a pretty intense year all around, but there was still time for lots of music. For me personally, it included covering bands that I had never dreamed I'd get to photograph, crossing many entries off from my bucket list of artists to see, and even traveling overseas for several festivals. Choosing the "best" shows from among the numerous ones that I attended and covered for ChunkyGlasses was a daunting task, not least because I'm pretty selective about which shows I'll even do, meaning that I rarely see a bad one. Still, there were several that definitely stood out as being the best of the best.  Here are my picks for my top ten shows (and festivals) of this year.


Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2017 (Cropredy, UK)

Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2017 (Cropredy, UK)

When Fairport Convention formed in 1967, it’s almost certain they had no idea how influential they would become or how long they would run. The band is credited with starting the English folk rock movement with their 1969 album Liege & Lief, and in addition to its own considerable success also spawned the solo careers of several notable former members including Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, and Iain Matthews. The band’s membership has changed many times over the years (the only original member still remaining, Simon Nicol, even left the group for several years at one point), but after five decades the band continues to go strong, having just released their 28th studio album, 50:50@50. Since 1980, the band has held an annual festival in Cropredy, England, a small village in Oxfordshire. This year, for the band’s 50th anniversary, the sold-out festival drew in 20,000 fans from around the world for three days of nearly non-stop music.