With this year’s Godiva Festival line up announcement, we take a look back at the previous years.

The Godiva Festival 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.

The Festival attracts more than 75,000 visitors each year to a 12-acre (49,000 m2) site in Coventry City’s War Memorial Park.

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.

The festival also features local unsigned bands battling it out in the Godiva Unsigned competition for a chance to play at the festival.

A look back through the years


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

Friday was scheduled to be headlined by Echo & the Bunnymen with Space in support.Saturday was scheduled with Cast as headliners, with support from The View and The Pigeon Detectives.[5] 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.

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 is currently due to continue unaffected.


The 2011 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July.

Friday saw Heaven 17, Blancmange, and Mirrors take to the stage.

Athlete and Lethal Bizzle headlined Saturday with The Sunshine Underground, Jon Fratelli, The Shackletons, Just Morale, The Tones, The Last Republic, and Young Knives.

The festival was attended by a record breaking crowd of 120,000 people.


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

Friday’s line-up included Hazel O’Connor, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, ABC and The Christians. Saturday’s line-up was headlined by Ash with Badly Drawn Boy, The Primitives, Senser, Morning Parade, and Detroit Social Club. Sunday’s headliner wasl be Joshua Radin.


The 2009 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July

Friday was an 80’s retro themed evening with music from The Blow Monkeys, Womack and Womack, and Go West. Saturday was headlined by Idlewild, with support from The Twang, and the reformed Toploader plus the winners of the Godiva Unsigned competition – Echo Empire, Satin Dolls, Just Morale, and Haunted by Humans.


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

The Spotlight Tent featured unsigned local bands including The Bellows, Akeal, Shadowplay, Men In Caves and Shakletons.


The 2007 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July and featured Super Furry Animals, The Enemy, The Cribs, Noisettes. It was also the 10th year for the festival.

The Spotlight Tent featured unsigned local bands including Sun  Zoom Spark, DbMA, The Hearing, Men In Caves, The Carter Manoeuvre, Jamsons Nook, The Crooks and Little Girl Screaming.


The 2006 festival took take place from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July and featured Mercury Rev, The Cooper Temple Clause, Nizlopi, The Fratellis and Blackbud.

The Spotlight Tent featured unsigned local bands including Decatone, The Great Blind Degree, Death by Miss Adventure, Fiori, Trailer, Hobo Exile Hotel, 7th Wave, What About Cube?.

This year

2013’s festival will take place in the War Memorial Park from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July. Festival organisers are currently accepting applications from traders and charitable organisations who are interested in having stalls at this year’s event. The relevant online application forms can be found under the Trade/Charity tab in the menu.

The Friday headline act are the legendary Echo & The Bunnymen, booked once again by popular demand after missing out on playing at the festival last year.

Saturday sees British rock band Maximo Park headline the main stage and Godiva 2013 winds down on Sunday evening with a performance by former x-factor star Amelia Lily.

Further performances across the 3 days come from Urban artists Devlin, Sway and Charlie Brown, whilst local artists figure high once again as we welcome Coventry legend Neville Staple and there is also a chance to see local boy Charlie Healy with his fellow band members The Risk.

For more information on the festival visit www.godivafestival.com



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