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Festival fever!

Published: Sunday, 03 July 2016

Once again record crowds flocked to the Coventry Godiva Festival with 148,000 visits recorded over the festival weekend.

Sunday's crowds were also a record with an amazing 60,500 visits throughout the day taking in headliners Scouting for Girls, the family field attractions and the public launch of the city's bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021. 

Now in its 18th year, the Festival continues to offer a great weekend and as ever crowds flocked to enjoy live music across all three days with all headliners proving very popular in the main field.

Godiva offers so much more than music with platforms for a huge range of local cultural talent, artists and performers.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member responsible for Events said:

"It's great that once again Godiva has attracted record visits to the park. The festival is a great event which offers something for everyone and we're delighted so many people chose to come along and enjoy Godiva 2016.

"The festival also hosted the city's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 which showcased the amazing creative talent we have here in the city.

"Thank you for everyone who played their part in continuing to make Godiva the biggest free family music festival in the UK."

Throughout the weekend people took to twitter and other social media to say how much they enjoyed the event, comments included:

Philip Carson @Phil_C_224

@godivafestival @thecharlatans @Tim_Burgess great day yesterday. Lovely festival. Great atmosphere. That's how councils serve the public

Pigeon Detectives ‏@pigeonsofficial  

Great show at @godivafestival today..the crowd should take a bow, amazing commitment! Thanks a lot..see you next time we rock The Kasbah x

Chris Cameron ‏@ChrisCameron57  

We've been @godivafestival for nearly 2 hours and still haven't got past #ThisisCoventry tent. Marvellous creativity. And diggers.

David Nash ‏@BrimfulofNasha  

Attended my 1st @godivafestival yesterday. I have no idea how it works, but it felt just like any other festival...in a good way! Go Cov!

Paul Quinn ‏@upaul2  

Hats off to @godivafestival. A top weekend, brilliantly organised, The Rats and The Charlatans to boot. What a fantastic city #Coventry is !

Bev De Friend ‏@JustLookin07  

@Tim_Burgess @godivafestival hats off to them all Tim, it was extremely well organised and a lovely friendly festival to boot, great fun

Tim Burgess ‏@Tim_Burgess  7h7 hours ago

Coventry folks you should be really proud of @godivafestival.  

Charlee Sully ‏@TheUsualStudio  

How lucky are we to have @GodivaFestival? Great music, street art, fun fair and a happy crowd #ThisisCoventry

Jen P Wen ‏@JenniferPWen  

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive & kicking with the kids @godivafestival £1 for 10 pint cups, getting you to drink up asap but very tidy

Dave Taylor on Facebook

Just like to say what a wonderful time we had on Saturday at the Godiva Festival. My wife, myself, son and partner travelled from Birmingham on the train to the festival. Very impressed with the organisation of the whole thing. It even stopped dry(just!). Got back to Birmingham at 11.30pm no hassle. Well done to Coventry and all of those who helped to organise Godiva Festival. Hope it's on next year.

Our website has a great selection of pictures from the weekend on Flickr.

Coventry Godiva Festival 2016 was organised by Coventry City Council, supported by Jaguar Land Rover, Free Radio and Arts Council England and in association with Deliveroo, Fargo, Radio Plus, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Coventry Jubilee Rotary Club and the Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture Bid.

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