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Godiva Festival
Godiva 2016 Crowd Shot.jpg
Godiva Festival 2016
Dates July
Location(s) War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
Years active 1998-present
Founded by Coventry and Warwickshire promotions /CVOne/Coventry City Council
Website
GodivaFestival.com

The Godiva Festival is a free three day music festival held each year in the War Memorial Park, Coventry, England, named after the city's famous former inhabitant Lady Godiva. It first appeared as a day-long event in 1997 and became a 3-day event the following year in 1998. It is the largest free family music festival in the UK, and is made up of two fields; a Main Field and a Family field, which each offer a different experience.

Format[edit]

The modern three-day music festival is a non-profit making event organised by Coventry City Council. It is widely marketed as the biggest free family music festival in the UK.

The festival attracted 148,0000 visits in 2016[1] to a 12-acre (49,000 m2) site in Coventry's War Memorial Park.

The festival includes a dedicated Main Stage[2] which has played host to a wide array of mainstream and independent acts, including Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, The Charlatans, The Boomtown Rats, Scouting For Girls, The Wombats, Don Broco, Embrace, Fun Lovin' Criminals, the Buzzcocks, the Happy Mondays and The Enemy. The other large stage on the Main Field is the Rock/Rhythm Tent, which plays host to rock/metal acts on Friday night, and has seen artists such as Neck Deep, Slaves and Kids in Glass Houses perform since its introduction in 2014. Saturday's Rhythm Tent[3] has seen acts such as Fuse ODG, JME, Big Narstie and D Double E.

Other features of the festival include the Family Field, an Acoustic Stage, a Paradise Tent, food stalls, a Hilltop bar, craft stalls, an Urban Youth Tent, a vintage market and a fairground.[4]

The Family Field often sees attractions such as a petting farm, charity village, Community Stage, Lives and Times area, Greenspace area, Make Space tent, a funfair, cycle training, falconry and visits from local groups such as the Coventry Bears and the Fire Service.[4]

Godiva Festival is a ticketless festival, and anyone can attend.[5]

2018[edit]

The 2018 festival confirmed in February that it would take place from 31 August to 2 September.[6] Ronan Keating was announced, in March 2018, as the Sunday headline act.[7] The Saturday headline act was announced at the end of April 2018 as Gabrielle.[8] Other acts announced for the Saturday are Professor Green, Jonas Blue, Blood Red Shoes and Little Comets.[9] The Friday night headliner was announced in June 2018 as Jake Bugg, at the same time Rae Morris and Kyle Falconer were announced as performers in the Rhythm Tent on the Saturday.[10]

2017[edit]

Godiva Festival 2017 was confirmed in January 2017[11] for 7–9 July, and will take place in the War Memorial Park. On 8 February 2017, The Darkness was announced as the Sunday headline act.[12] On 20 February 2017, The Stranglers were confirmed as the Friday night headline act.[13]

2016[edit]

Coventry Godiva Festival 2016 was confirmed in January 2016, and took place on 1-3 July in the War Memorial Park.[14] The Friday night headline was the Boomtown Rats supported by Space.[15] The Saturday headline was The Charlatans supported by Mystery Jets.[16] The Sunday headline was Scouting for Girls,[17] who were supported by The Pigeon Detectives.[18]

The weekend saw Godiva Festival visited over 148,000 times and was the most successful festival to date.[19]

Day Main Stage Rock/Rhythm Tent Paradise Tent
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Closed on Sunday
  • Performances from Coventry's schools, academies, community groups and local people.

2015[edit]

The 2015 Godiva Festival took place from 3 to 5 July.[20] The headline act for Friday was Fun Lovin' Criminals, Saturday The Wombats and Sunday Embrace.[20]

Day Main Stage Rock Tent/Rhythm Tent/Young Entertainer Paradise Tent
Friday
  • Pelugion
  • Shot Down Zed
  • Charles Dexter Ward
  • Baby Strange
  • Slaves
Saturday
  • Sid Bowfin
  • Abi Collins
  • Jones & Barnard
  • Dan the Hat
  • The Black Eagles
  • Silent disco
Sunday
  • UV BEATZ
  • Aiyana
  • Three Souls
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Ben Charley
  • Jeeves and Aron
  • Haunted Mousetrap
  • Coundon Court Students
  • UV BEATZ
  • Letitia George

2014[edit]

The 2014 Godiva Festival took place from 4 to 6 July.[21] The headline act was the Happy Mondays.[21]

Day Main Stage Rock/Rhythm Tent Paradise Tent
Friday
  • John Hatins
  • Darren Walsh
  • Kate Lucas
  • Seymour Mace
Saturday
  • The Activators
  • Barb'd Wire
  • King Hammon
  • Roddy Radiation & The Ska Billy Rebels
  • Neville Staple
  • Cream ov da Crop
  • Afrojosh
  • Duplex Family
  • Ghetts
  • Meridian Dan
  • Fuse ODG
  • Bread & Butter
  • Matt Barnard
  • Wolly
  • Balloonatic
  • Dan the Hat
  • Rannel
  • Silent disco
Sunday
  • Tile Hill Wood Choir
  • Coundon Court dance troup
  • Laura Warwick
  • Pecan Grove
  • Jack Dickson Carvell
  • Out of the Blue
  • Richard Fairlee
  • The Commonjets
  • Reece Bahia
  • Sandra Godley
  • Bread & Butter
  • Matt Barnard
  • Wolly
  • Balloonatic
  • Bread & Butter
  • Dan the Hat
  • Rannel
  • Mariarchi Band

2013[edit]

The 2013 Godiva Festival took place from 5 to 7 July 2013.[22] Friday was headlined by Echo & the Bunnymen who were to headline in the 2012 cancelled event. Saturday was headlined by Maxïmo Park and Sunday starred the Loveable Rogues and Amelia Lily.[23] The festival claimed to have broken attendance records with over 125,000 visits being estimated over the three days.[24]

Day Main Stage Rhythm Tent
Friday
Saturday
  • The Dualers
  • Riddimstone
  • Reggaelators
  • Lee Thomspon's Ska Orchestra
  • Neville Staple
  • Matt Henshaw and ReggiMental
  • Samson
  • Influential
  • DeeLayDee
  • Scrufizzer
  • Charlie Brown
  • Sway
  • Devlin
Sunday
  • The Notables
  • Freeman Dance
  • Pandemonium Street Orchestra
  • The Belles of Three Spires
  • Barbershizzle
  • Reece Bahia
  • Pauline Quirke Dance Academy
  • Coventry Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Craig Price

2012[edit]

The 2012 festival was scheduled to take place Friday 30 June to Sunday 1 July,[25] but bad weather forced the event to be cancelled.[26]

Friday was scheduled to be headlined by Echo & the Bunnymen with Space in support.[25] Saturday was scheduled with Cast as headliners, with support from The View and The Pigeon Detectives.[25] Sunday evening was scheduled to link in with the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay and the lighting of the Olympic Beacon in the park.[27]

The festival was cancelled by Coventry City Council on 29 June 2012, owing to the recent 'bad weather conditions causing unstable ground'. The Olympic Torch procession continued unaffected.[28]

2011[edit]

The 2011 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July. The headline acts were Heaven 17 and Athlete,[29] attended by a record breaking crowd of 120,000 people.[30]

2010[edit]

The 2010 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July.

2009[edit]

Electric Main Stage on Friday 3 July 2009

The 2009 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July, headlined by Scottish alternative band Idlewild.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent

Friday

  • Jason Wood
  • Cole Parker
  • Jimmy McGhie
  • Carl Donnelly (compere)

Saturday

  • Freefall Collective
  • Seckou Keita
  • Drumalicious
  • Asian Strings, Skins and Spices
  • The Salsa Samba Sensation
  • Blind Pirates rhythm and blues band
  • Hip Hop - Coventry MDC

Sunday

  • Newton Faulkner
  • The King Blues
  • The Yeah You's
  • The Austin Francis Connection
  • A-Cappella Fellas
  • April Elizanbeth
  • PJ Wright
  • Thom Kirkpatrick
  • Fiona Cox
  • Rachel Challis
  • Jonny Darley
  • Sarah Ruddick
  • Stylusboy

2008[edit]

The 2008 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July, headlined by the Coventry band The Enemy.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Market Stage

Friday

  • Johnny Mac
  • Rosko Pico
  • Jay Nana
  • DJ Christo
  • Akeal
  • The Bellows
  • Fiori
  • The Illchemists
  • Men in Caves
  • Shadowplay
  • Shakletons
  • Wes Finch and the Dirty Band

Saturday

  • Kano
  • Yogz
  • Brotherman
  • KOF
  • Parly B
  • Unfriendly Neighbours
  • Reggiimental
  • TLG
  • C.O.Vs
  • DJ Frogeye
  • Kombat Breakers
  • Ricta
  • Italia UK
  • Charlie Healy
  • Zanity Dance Group
  • Evivo
  • Mc Dee & Crew
  • YIP Group
  • Hillz Fm
  • P’Nology (Warm up)
  • Woodend DJ’s

Sunday

  • Jez Lowe and Kate Bramley
  • Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla
  • Rob Halligan
  • The Oddsods
  • The QP
  • Dark Island
  • Kristy Gallacher

2007[edit]

A stage at the Godiva Festival 2007
The Electric Stage the Godiva Festival 2007
Superficial mud at the Godiva Festival 2007
Kristy Gallacher performing on the Market Stage at the Godiva Festival 2007

The 2007 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July with headliners Super Furry Animals.[31] It was also the 10th year for the festival.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Market Stage

Friday

  • Mark Watson
  • MC Michael Legge
  • Topping and Butch
  • MC Dan Atkinson
  • Stuart Goldsmith
  • Sun, Zoom, Spark
  • DbMA
  • The Hearing
  • Men In Caves
  • The Carter Manoeuvre
  • Jamsons Nook
  • The Crooks
  • Little Girl Screaming
  • Decatone
  • Kifaru
  • Shakes & Shivers
  • Ottogono
  • What About Cube?
  • The Juliana Down

Saturday

  • Ozomatli
  • Siyaya
  • Drumalicious
  • Caliche
  • Hamana Bjemakan

Sunday

  • The Syd Lawrence Orchestra & Singers
  • Back to Basie Orchestra
  • Sean Cannon
  • Isambarde
  • Jim Crawford
  • Clarksville Mountain Band
  • Abi Lanigan
  • Harbour Lights
  • Justine
  • Thom Kirkpatrick and the Beautiful Noise
  • Fools Paradise

2006[edit]

The 2006 festival took take place from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July with headliners Mercury Rev.[32]

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Paradise Tent

Friday

  • Decatone
  • The Great Blind Degree
  • Death by Miss Adventure
  • Fiori
  • Trailer
  • hobo hotel exile
  • 7th Wave
  • What About Cube?

Saturday

  • Calusio Kron De Brazil
  • Drumalicious
  • Shri Live & DJ Badmarsh
  • Siyaya
  • Brazilica
  • TY
  • Paragon
  • Big P
  • Skeme
  • Milliondan
  • Beat Poets

Sunday

  • Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
  • Spires Winds
  • Swarb Lazarus
  • The Oddsods
  • Rob Halligan and Gareth Davies-Jones
  • Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla
  • The Coventry Mummers
  • Eric Bogle
  • Carter Chapman
  • Dark Island
  • Pete Willow
  • Breaks Co-op
  • Misty's Big Adventure
  • Men Daimler
  • Devon Sproule
  • Vijay Kishore
  • Don't Move!
  • Tawt
  • Sumladfromcov
  • Cliff Hands
  • Laura Bettison
  • Lewis Garland
  • Lee Glasson
  • Wes Finch
  • Suzy-Indygo

2005[edit]

The 2005 festival took place Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July.[33]

It was the first time the comedy stage appeared and featured Shappi Khorsandi. Also on the Friday night Nerina Pallot performed and John Burnside recited poetry.

On Saturday the main stage lineup was:

Whilst EcoRhythm consisted of:

2004[edit]

The 2004 festival took place Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June

The Saturday night main stage line up was:[34]

2003[edit]

The 2003 festival took place Friday 6 June to Sunday 8 June.

The Saturday night main stage lineup included:[35]

2002[edit]

The 2002 festival took place Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June. It was the fifth year the festival had taken place.

Bands who played include:

References[edit]

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