Godiva Calling

This year’s competition will give some of Coventry and Warwickshire’s rising musical talents the opportunity to perform at the city’s flagship festival.

Successful artists win the opportunity to perform their own music on the Main Stage over the festival weekend.

Heats will be taking place at venues across the city in April and May. The venues are Millsy’s Café Bar, Coventry Caribbean Centre, The Tin Music and Arts, The Arches Music Venue and The Castle Grounds.

The heats are divided into six categories with one winner from each category: Indie, Urban, Alternative, Rock-Metal, Singer-Songwriter and Under 18s. Bookings for the contests will be managed by the appropriate venues for each genre and the Under 18s category will be managed by the Coventry Music Hub.

Andy Williams, Director of Regeneration and Economy at Coventry City Council said: “As a city we are extremely lucky to have so many talented and creative musicians.

“It’s a privilege to be able to support grassroots artists through Godiva Calling and offer them the chance to win a performance slot at Godiva Festival.

“As always, this competition is only possible thanks to the ongoing support of the local music venues who organise the heats and finals for each music category. We’re incredibly grateful to them.”

Sam McNulty, long time organiser of Godiva Calling is looking forward to seeing this year’s entries. He said: "We had a fantastic response to Godiva Calling last year and saw a huge variety of artists taking part.

“Performing in a Main Stage slot at Godiva Festival is an incredible way for bands to get noticed by fans and industry professionals.

“I encourage musicians from across Coventry and Warwickshire to take part in this unique competition.”

To apply for the competition, visit the Godiva Calling webpage where acts can find all the dates for this year’s heats and finals, plus all the entry requirements.

Tier three tickets are still available for Godiva Festival, with weekend tickets at just £41 and day tickets from £12.50. Premium tickets are also available at £55 per day. All tickets can be purchased via the Godiva Festival website.

Festivalgoers can look forward to seeing Richard Ashcroft, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight and many more from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July in the city’s War Memorial Park.

For further news head to the Godiva Festival website or follow Godiva Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Godiva Festival is brought to you by Coventry City Council in association with Free Radio and Greatest Hits Radio. E.ON Next is the Godiva Festival 2024 major sponsor. The family field is sponsored by Coventry College. Godiva Festival is part funded by The West Midlands Combined Authority, Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund.

Published: Friday, 12th April 2024