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Leading ska and comedy acts named as Godiva Festival reveals the rest of its 2017 line up

Published: Monday, 19 June 2017

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We can now reveal the rest of our 2017 line up!

For the first time ever, Sunday’s Rhythm Tent is being hosted by Specialized, which brings together amateur and professional musicians with the shared goal of creating musical projects to raise funds for cancer research and support agencies, particularly The Teenage Cancer Trust - one of the Lord Mayor's chosen charities - and now The National Foundation for Youth Music. 

In partnership with Coventry Godiva Festival and Coventry’s own, Pete Chambers, Specialized are bringing a mix of ska and reggae, with legendary ska band, King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia headlining, with Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels, Ruder Than U, Kingsize, the Lloyd McGrath Collective and Rooted ‘n’ Booted all supporting inside Sunday’s Rhythm Tent.

Paul Williams, Specialized Founder, said: “Specialized are thrilled and honoured to be part of this year’s Godiva Festival experience. We have a deep affiliation with Coventry and its residents attend all our events across the country, and in fact, we originally launched the Project in Coventry back in 2010. We will be bringing our awareness message to Godiva with our ambassadors playing live, alongside some fantastic acts local and national."

The Paradise Tent will host comedy on Friday night, with the likes of Carly Smallman, Tiernan Douieb, The Pun-Man and Lloyd Griffith, with Saturday’s Paradise Tent hosting street theatre from many groups, including The Black Eagles and Felicity Footloose.

Sunday’s Paradise Tent will host young entertainers, with dance troupes and singers from Coventry schools. Secondary schools from across the city put forward their most talented pupils to battle it out at a competition at The Belgrade Theatre, with The Westwood Academy’s Olivia Birtwistle being crowned ‘Young Entertainer of the Year’.

With The Stranglers, The Darkness and Example & DJ Wire all performing over the weekend on the Main Stage, and Mallory Knox, AJ Tracey and Tom Clarke performing in the Rock/Rhythm Tent, Coventry Godiva Festival is shaping up to provide something for everyone.

Godiva Festival’s Family Field will also return this year, bringing together its usual mix of family fun, activities, history and heritage for families to enjoy.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Events at Coventry City Council, said: “With the line up now complete, we’re really looking forward to the festival, and we’re hoping everyone else is too.”

“There’s really something for everyone this year. The range of performances and activities across the weekend is incredible, with plenty of activities in the Family Field for the whole family to get involved in, or you could head into the Main Arena for some live music and entertainment!”

 “All that we need now is some good weather, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed!”

Coventry Godiva Festival is brought to you by Coventry City Council, supported by Coventry University, and in association with Free Radio, Jaguar Land Rover, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry Jubilee Rotary Club, Fargo Village and Coventry City of Culture Trust.