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Only eight days to go until Godiva Festival!

Published Thursday, 27 June 2019

There’s only eight days to go until the start of this year’s Godiva Festival and with big name artists, local bands and fairground rides, it promises to have something for everyone.

Crowd at Godiva
The crowd at last year's Godiva Festival.

Headlining the Main Stage on the Friday will be Levellers. The band recently celebrated 30 years together, but this will be the first time they’ve ever performed at Godiva Festival. On Saturday the headliners will be Welsh rock band Feeder. The band recently released a new album ‘Tallulah’, which arrived 22 years after they released their debut and critically acclaimed album ‘Polythene’. Finally, Busted will be headlining the Main Stage on the Sunday.  The popular trio, formed in 2000 and have sold over five million records around the world, with 8 UK Top 10 hits, such as ‘Crashed the Wedding’ and ‘Year 3000’.

These three bands are just the start of the music on offer though. Robin S, known worldwide for her number one hit ‘Show Me Love’, will be performing Sunday on the Main Stage. Also performing Sunday on the Main Stage will be one of the founders of hip-hop music, the Sugarhill Gang. They’ll be performing with influential hip-hop artists Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Scorpio 5. Away from the Main Stage, Frank Iero and the Future Violents will be performing in the Rock Tent on Friday night. There’s an act for all music tastes this year at Godiva.

Family fun has always been at the heart of the festival and this year is no different. Saturday on the main stage, Pinkfong Baby Shark will be performing ‘Baby Shark and the explorers’, a mini-show based on their viral hit ‘Baby Shark’. So, there will be plenty of singing, dancing and clapping for children to enjoy. Popular activities such as the children’s fairground and petting farm are returning and are joined by brand new activities like the eye-popping VR experience, the Experi-tent.

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events said: “I’m incredibly pleased with the fantastic line-up of acts at this year’s festival. It’s also great to see that we’re continuing Godiva Festival’s strong reputation as a fantastic family day out by offering such a diverse range of activities.

“We want to encourage people to buy their tickets in advance, so they can beat the queues and guarantee entry. It should be a great weekend, I’m looking forward to it.”

Coventry City of Culture Trust has announced its programme for the Rhythm Tent on the Sunday, called Destination Desi. It will be a celebration of the wide spectrum of music inspired, created and adopted by the British Asian communities and beyond. From Bollywood to Bhangra, from Qawwali to Reggae and from Grime and Hip Hop to Folk-Electronica.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are once again delighted to be working with Coventry City Council to programme a wide range of world and pop music artists in the Rhythm Tent and for the main stage on the Sunday of the festival. It’s always our aim to widen the offer of the festival and encourage more of our communities to come and enjoy this great weekend in the War Memorial Park.

“This year, we are bringing a real global feel to the festival with a host of incredible acts representing the sounds of the Asian sub-continent including a wide range of incredible male and female artists. There will be something for everyone so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to party!”

In the mood for something different? Then visit the Paradise Tent! Friday night has a cracking line up of comedians set to provide the laughs, including Karen Bayley and Cerys Nelmes. On the Saturday, the Black Eagles African Acrobatic team combine stunning acrobatic skills and energetic dance in a breath-taking performance not to be missed. On Sunday, the tent will be taken over by some of Coventry’s finest musical talent with community groups and local bands performing for your entertainment.

Godiva Festival 2019 will take place from Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July in the City’s War Memorial Park.

Coventry Godiva Festival is brought to you by Coventry City Council, in association with Free Radio and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and is supported by Coventry College and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

To keep up to date with the latest news for Godiva Festival, head to www.godivafestival.com or @godivafestival on Facebook and Twitter. You can now follow the festival on Instagram @godivafestivalofficial

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