Godiva Festival

Godiva Festival

The Godiva Festival is a free weekend long 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. On the Saturday the famous Godiva Procession takes place; a tradition that has is roots in the Great Fair of 1678 [ [http://www.godivafestival.co.uk/history Festival History ] ] .


The Festival attracts more than 75,000 visitors each year to a 12 acre site in Coventry City's War Memorial Park.

Artists and Attractions

The 3-day festival includes a dedicated 'electric' main stage which has played host to a wide array of mainstream and independent acts including Kasabian, The Fratellis, Shed Seven, Mercury Rev, The Enemy and Jane's Addiction. Separate Stages and 'nights' cover the spectrum of reggae, folk, hip hop and contemporary dance music genres. A comedy tent, kid's tent, main arena, fair, craft market and green space attracts families as well as the music goer. The Festival is a non-profit making event organised by CV One, producers of the acclaimed Coventry Jazz Festival, and is widely marketed as the biggest free festival in the Midlands as well as the biggest free family festival in the UK.

Godiva Festival 2008

The 2008 Godiva Festival will be headlined by the Coventry band The Enemy and is scheduled to take place from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July.


The 2005 festival took place Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July [ [http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/coventrygodiva/2005/ Coventry Godiva Festival 2005 ] ] .

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:
*Hundred Reasons
*The Others
*Little Barrie
*The Paddingtons
*Kid Carpet

Whilst EcoRhythm consisted of:
*Blak Twang
*Mr Thing


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

The Saturday night main stage line up was [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/fesitvals/godiva-festival-2004/godiva-festival-in-pictures.shtml BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire Features - Godiva Festival in Pictures ] ] :
*The Datsuns
*Goldie Lookin Chain
*Young Heart Attack


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

The Saturday night main stage lineup included [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/fesitvals/godiva-festival/godiva-festival-2003.shtml BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire Features - Godiva Festival 2003 ] ] :
*Shed Seven
*Har Mar Superstar
*The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster


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:
*Biffy Clyro
*Six by Seven


External links

* [http://www.godivafestival.com Festival Site]
* [http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/coventrygodiva/ Festival on eFestivals]

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