Godiva Festival’s popular battle-of-the-bands competition, Godiva Calling, returns for 2018, once again promising winning performers the chance to play at this year’s Godiva Festival.
This year’s competition is split into five genres, singer/songwriter, rock/metal, urban, indie and alternative/other, giving a wide range of performers the chance to take to Godiva Festival’s stages.
The winner and runner up in each of the five categories will be offered a slot at the festival, and signed and unsigned acts are both invited to apply for the competition.
Lee House, Events Manager at Coventry City Council, said: “Godiva Calling is all about showcasing and recognising some of the amazing talent we have here in Coventry and its surrounding areas. It’s a fantastic way for performers to give their music a higher level of exposure and it helps us continue Coventry’s history of talented musicians by giving people a platform to continue that trend.
“There’s usually some fierce competition in the categories, so don’t wait to apply!”
Last year’s winner in the Rock/Metal category were Overseer, who have gone on to find success not just across the UK, but across other countries too, with their performance at last summer’s Godiva Festival helping pave the way for a tour in Spain this summer.
Danny Starkey, lead singer for Overseer, said: “We were so shocked when we won the competition last year. We entered the thinking we didn’t really have a chance, as we were all under 18 and going up against some really experienced performers. It was such a shock when we won, but we were so grateful."
“Performing live at Godiva Festival was an amazing platform for us. We still meet people at gigs and performances now that recognise us from Godiva. We’d only played some of the smaller venues around the city before that so playing to a crowd of 900 people was incredible and it gave us the confidence to play to much bigger crowds as well.”
The band have since headlined at the O2 Academy 3 Birmingham several times and are looking forward to their tour of Spain later this year.
Acts hoping for the chance to perform at Godiva Festival can apply online at www.godivafestival.com/godivacalling into their respective categories, with heats taking place at different venues across the city depending on the genre. Dates for each heat will be released over the next few weeks, but bands are able to apply now.
Emma Harrabin, of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Coventry Godiva Festival has played a major part in UK City of Culture already. It’s where we launched our bid with a whole host of artists and performers from across the city.
“The festival also mirrors what we want 2021 to achieve as it brings nationally renowned artists to the city but also offers opportunities to performers and artists from within Coventry to show their talent.
“So we’d urge as many bands and artists to put themselves forward for Godiva Calling in what is a hugely exciting time for Coventry.”
Godiva Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with last year attracting a staggering 179,000 visits to the park to enjoy headliners Example & DJ Wire, The Darkness and The Stranglers, alongside a range of cultural and family attractions.
To keep up to date with all the latest news, band announcements and information about the festival, people should head to godivafestival.com or follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.