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Coventry Rocks – again!

Published Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The city’s War Memorial Park played host to BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend and once again proved what an amazing city Coventry is.

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith

By hosting the only English dates of the massive musical extravaganza, the city’s beautiful War Memorial Park provided a fitting setting for the prestigious musical event with thousands of music fans flocking to Coventry.

With national attention switched to Coventry right across the two days and in the lead-up to the weekend through The Biggest Weekend Fringe events and activities, the city’s reputation was enhanced as a great host for major acts such as Liam Gallagher, Paloma Faith and Nigel Kennedy and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Events, said: “We were extremely proud to be able to play host to such a wonderful high profile event such as this and we were very confident we could work alongside the BBC and event partners to deliver such a huge, successful event.

“Our profile and reputation as a city that can deliver great events has yet again grown right across the country and beyond by being one of the four cities involved in the Biggest Weekend event which, of course, can only be beneficial to Coventry.

“As UK City of Culture for 2021, these are very exciting times and I’m sure there’s lots more excitement to come in the lead up to the year itself.”

Rhys Hughes, BBC Head of Live Music & Events, Popular Music, said: “Our Biggest Weekend brought brilliant live music from Radio 2 and Radio 3 over two days to the fantastic crowds who attended in Coventry and to the millions more listening and watching across the UK. I'd like to thank the Council for having us and for helping us make this weekend so special."

The event yet again also provided more evidence as to why we are so proud to be the UK City of Culture 2021, with Coventry showing how it can host the biggest and best events going.

Laura McMillan, Director of Operations and Legacy at the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “It was a monumental weekend for the city. The eyes – and ears – of the nation were on Coventry for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend and that was followed by Coventry City’s incredible win at Wembley.

“There is a real positive feeling in Coventry right now – particularly on the back of the recent European City of Sport win – and we want that momentum to continue through to 2021 and beyond.”

Coventry’s amazing summer of music continues with the Rolling Stones set to rock the Ricoh Arena at the weekend and, of course, the UK’s biggest free family music festival, the Coventry Godiva Festival, also set to take place in the War Memorial Park from 31 August to 2 September.

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