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Godiva Calling for local talent

Published Thursday, 16 March 2017

Godiva Festival organisers are once again bringing Godiva Calling back, the popular battle of the bands competition which gives local talent the chance to play at the Godiva Festival in July.

Godiva Calling

The competition for local bands and acts will be separated into four genres, where contestants will be able to battle it out through heats to win a slot at the final. The winner and runner up in each of the four categories will be offered a slot at the festival.

Both signed and unsigned acts are invited to apply for the competition.

Lee House, Events Manager for Coventry City Council, explained the reason behind hosting Godiva Calling. She said: “As a lot of the local acts from past years know, Godiva Calling is a really great opportunity for both the signed and unsigned acts to give their music a higher level of exposure.

“What we’ve always aimed to do with Godiva Calling is to recognise the musical talent that we have in the area. Coventry has a great history of talented musicians, and so we want to continue to celebrate that at the Festival by giving newer talent the platform to perform in front of thousands of people to continue that trend.”

Acts are asked to apply online for the competition genre that best applies to their music, with contests being held at various venues across the city.

The Rock/Metal category will be held at The Arches, the Urban category will take place at the Coventry Music Museum, the Singer/Songwriter category will take place at The Squirrel and the Indie/alternative/other category will take place at The Tin Music and Arts Centre. Dates for each heat in each category can be found online.

To apply for the competition visit where acts can find all the dates for this year’s contests and showcase finals, plus all the entry requirements. Bookings for the contests will be managed by the appropriate venues for each genre.

The 19th Godiva Festival will run from 7-9 July in the city’s War Memorial Park with The Darkness and The Stranglers already been announced as Sunday and Friday headliners respectively, plus confirmation last week that Tom Clarke will acoustically celebrate 10 years of We’ll Live and Die In These Towns on Saturday night in the Rhythm Tent.

To keep up to date with all things Godiva including more band announcements, visit


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