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Godiva named best festival in the West Midlands

Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017

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Coventry’s Godiva Festival has won another top award – just days before thousands are set to flock to the War Memorial Park for three days of big-name music and entertainment.

Godiva was named the winner in the Best Festival category at the 1st West Midlands Awards 2017, which aim to celebrate the best from across the area - from individuals to restaurants and businesses to major events.

The Festival – which this weekend features headline acts including The Stranglers, The Darkness and Example and DJ Wire - was in a strong category alongside Birmingham Pride, Moseley Folk Festival and the Slam Dunk Festival, all well-established events in the area.

Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Events, said: “It is fantastic news that Godiva Festival was named the best in the West Midlands.

“It is a well-loved event with a growing reputation that attracts thousands of people to the city and the wider region and it is among the many reasons why we believe our city would make a fitting choice as UK City of Culture 2021.

“Congratulations to the whole team for continuing to stage an amazing festival featuring some of the biggest names in music alongside the best acts in our city and some amazing up-and-coming artists.

“We’re looking forward to another great event this weekend, with something for all music lovers, as well as comedy, the Family Field and lots more – all for free! So come along and see why it’s the best in the region.”

Godiva is the biggest free family music festival in the UK and last year attracted a record 148,000 visits to the park.

The award is the latest recognition for the festival, which earlier this year won two awards voted for by readers of What’s On magazine.

The Festival, now in its 19th year, won in the ‘Best Festival’ and ‘Best Event’ 2016 categories in the Coventry and Warwickshire awards, via a 40,000 voters’ poll as part of the annual awards celebrating local culture and arts.

And last year it was voted the Best Live Event in 2015 in the Coventry Telegraph People’s Choice Awards.

This year Coventry University is the headline sponsor for the festival.