Music fans are hoping the arrival of coronavirus vaccines will mean festivals get to go ahead in 2021.

Popular festivals like Cropedy, which takes place every August near Banbury, are still being planned.

August 12-14 are the proposed dates, with Fairport Convention, former Genesis musician Steve Hackett and guitar legend Richard Thompson already listed.

In October, the festival, one of Oxfordshire's biggest, received £200,000 in emergency aid to help it survive.

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Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – which was set up by the folk-rock band Fairport Convention – received the cash from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help it face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it has a sustainable future.

The event, known locally as Cropredy Festival or, simply ‘Fairport’, has been taking place in the village of the same name, near Banbury, since 1979 and attracts 20,000 people each year.

The 2020 festival was cancelled along with every other festival.

It is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – part of an initial tranche of £257m of investment.

But there is still uncertainty surrounding whether thousands of festival goers will be allowed to gather in 2021.

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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said she hoped Glastonbury can go ahead, despite the "huge uncertainty" surrounding live music in the pandemic.

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"We're doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare," she told the BBC, "but I think we're still quite a long way from being able to say we're confident 2021 will go ahead."

Ms Eavis said Glastonbury lost "millions" in 2020.

The live music industry has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19, with more than 90% of the gigs planned for 2020 cancelled.

Despite the arrival of a vaccine and rapid-turnaround tests, there are still uncertainties about when concerts can resume.

Organisers are also facing difficulties in obtaining cancellation insurance, putting huge sums of money at stake if an event is called off.

Ms Eavis and other festival organisers are calling on MPs to create a fund that would cover the cost of events cancelled due to Covid-19 next year, following the example of the German government.

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Folk fans in Oxfordshire are hoping they will be able to join in a rousing chorus of Fairport's anthem Meet On The Ledge at the end of the festival's last night.