PARTY TIME: Lethal Bizzle performing at Godiva in 2011
AFTER THE cancellation of last year’s Godiva Festival due to bad weather, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better.
Staged by Coventry Council, the event organisers are hoping to top the 120,000 number of people who attended the musical showcase in 2011.
Taking place at Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, the Midlands’ biggest three-day free festival will run from July 5-7 and features an eclectic line-up of rock, hip-hop, folk, comedy and family entertainment to please everybody’s taste.
The festival has been running for 15 years and is perceived as an essential attraction for both the local and wider community.
Councillor Lynnette Kelly, cabinet member for business, enterprise and employment said: “I’m delighted we can now go live with this year’s exciting line-up for what I’m sure will be another great weekend in the city.
“As a council, we’re also delighted to be able to put on another free Godiva Festival this year despite the really difficult economic circumstances most councils face at the moment. I attach real importance to the role events can play in the regeneration of our city, and I hope people not only from [Coventry] but further afield will be visiting the city over the weekend.”
The festival will be a homecoming for London-born singer Ghostpoet, real name Obaro Ejimiwe, who studied media production at Coventry University. His presence will help maintain the festival’s ‘Made in Coventry’ theme.
“Ghostpoet is another excellent act added to the diverse bill of performers we’re set to have at the Godiva Festival this year,” Kelly said.
“Festival attendees on the Friday will get the chance to see one of the UK’s brightest young talents play on the main stage to what we hope will be a large and enthusiastic audience.”
London rapper Sway will also appear at the festival along with rapper Devlin.
Coventry legend Neville Staple, former co-vocalist of 2 Tone ska group, The Selectors, will be performing with his band and told The Voice he was looking forward to playing in his hometown.
Luke Bhairon, who works at community radio Hillz Fm went to the Godiva festival in 2011, said it was important to see homegrown stars such as Staples take to the stage.
He said: “It’s a great festival because it’s free and it’s wicked to see new and unsigned acts there, and experience this with your friends.
“As an individual it’s inspiring. As a DJ myself and working at the radio station, it would be a dream, an achievement to be able to play my music to people and seeing [them] dancing to it.”
Rapper Sway said: “I’m excited to be part of the line-up, as you end up performing to a wider demographic and to people who haven’t specifically come to see you. They could be passing by or come to see someone else, so you gain a new fan.”
Kelly said: “Let’s hope the weather is kind to us this year. I know thousands of people are doubly looking forward to this year following last year’s cancellation.”