This year the Godiva Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a jam-packed programme of free events including music from 80s chart-toppers Human League, local bands, comedy, kids’ entertainment, stalls, shows and demonstrations, plus the Godiva carnival procession on Saturday morning.
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July, Coventry Memorial Park
80s band Human League headline in the Electric Tent on the Friday night. After having eight different members throughout their thirty year history, the group now performs as a trio with original member, vocalist and songwriter, Philip Oakey alongside long serving female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Gayle.
Live bands will perform in the Electric Tent throughout the day on Saturday, including local favourites The Ripps and this year’s G Factor winners Sun Zoom Spark. Rising stars, The Enemy, will perform at 7.35pm and headlining act Super Furry Animals will take to the stage at 9pm.
In association with Carey’s Night Club’s Stand Up Wednesday’s (www.careys.co.uk) the hugely popular comedy night returns to the festival with four hilarious acts performing on the Friday night:
8.00pm MC Dan Atkinson
8.15pm Stuart Goldsmith
8.35pm MC Dan Atkinson
8.40pm Topping and Butch
9.30pm Mark Watson
Artists from Arts Exchange will be offering a number of fun, free workshop activities for children to make and take away, as well as the opportunity to contribute to some colourful tent decorations that will grow throughout the festival.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Godiva festival, the kids tent will feature a special birthday theme.
Outside the tent Coventry Community Circus will be up to their usual tricks with lots of exciting circus skills for youngsters to try their hand at.
Godiva Carnival Procession
Along with Samba Bands, Dhol Drummers, marching bands, and sound systems, the streets will be alive and dancing with stunning decorated hand-pushed floats. Starting with Medieval Coventry and Lady Godiva, to Europe & the Venetian Masquerade, to Trinidad and the traditional mas of the Port of Spain, the Dame Lorraines, The Pierrots Grenades, and the Midnight Robbers, then onto Venezuela and the dynamic costumes of the American Indians, the procession will take spectators on a journey around the globe to discover where carnival comes from.
For full details of the Godiva Festival, visit http://www.godivafestival.co.uk/