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Godiva Festival is back!

Published: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Godiva crowds

Coventry City Council has confirmed that the UK’s biggest free family music festival will go ahead this year at the War Memorial Park on 7-9 July.

With the dates set, event organisers have already begun planning, scheduling bands and programming the weekend.

The Council is also making it clear that the on-going support of partners, organisers and sponsors, is essential to maintain and develop the festival for future years.

The event will enter its 19th year and it’s hoped that 2017 will beat records set last year for attendance, after Godiva Festival 2016 attracted 148,000 visits to see headline bands The Charlatans, The Boomtown Rats and Scouting For Girls alongside plenty of Coventry and Warwickshire-based talent over the weekend.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events, said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to once again say that the Godiva Festival is going ahead this year.

“We’ve always been proud of Godiva Festival as it remains the biggest free family music festival in the UK and brings massive profile to Coventry as a city, especially in our bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021, not to mention the very substantial economic impact and all the other benefits it brings.

”However, we do need to reinforce the message that continuing to secure the quality and scale of Festival we all enjoy will require additional financial support.  Whether it’s new sponsors, additional income generation or partners’ support, we are open to discussions on how the wider community can ensure we can keep the festival going forward.”

People can keep up to date with the Coventry Godiva Festival 2017and sign up for our e-newsletter at www.godivafestival.com, follow @godivafestival on Twitter, or see the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/godivafestival to get the latest news first.

Anyone interested in booking a food, charity, craft or promotional stall should use godivafestival.com to fill out an online form and register their interest.

Any businesses or potential sponsors looking to be part of the event should contact the Council’s Marketing Team on 024 7683 2466.