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Godiva Festival attracts over 115,000 visitors over the weekend

Published: Sunday, 02 September 2018

Godiva Festival 2018

Godiva Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in style, with thousands of people entering the festival site across the weekend to enjoy the activities.

The event’s 20th anniversary saw performances from Ronan Keating, Professor Green, Jake Bugg, Cradle of Filth, Hazel O’Connor and Editors.

The festival also saw a moving performance from The Neville Staple Band. Neville and Christine spoke passionately about the importance of communities coming together following the tragic family bereavement they suffered over the weekend.

Godiva Festival saw an overall visitor count of 115,000 across all three days, with Saturday smashing a record for the highest amount of visitors in one place at one time, with over 40,000 people flocking to watch Jonas Blue and Editors.

Other activities across the park including a spectacular Kinetika Bloco parade across the site, the silent disco, a petting zoo, comedy performances, healthy activities and plenty of music, all spread across the six stages on site.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Events, said: “Yet again Godiva Festival has delivered an amazing weekend for the city. We know the event attracts people from all over the country and is a great way to put the city on the map.”

“As we build up towards Coventry City of Culture 2021, the excitement will only grow in the city and region as to what we can deliver together going forward.”

“A special thank you to all those who played their part in delivering a great event, including sponsors, partners and staff, police, security and St John Ambulance, and all who ensure Godiva Festival continues to be the UK’s biggest free family music festival.”

The UK City of Culture 2021 Team also programmed a stellar line up of events, with Sunday’s Rhythm Tent hosting performances from Asian Dub Foundation, Apache Indian, Afriquoi and a celebration of Coventry being awarded the title of the UK City of Culture 2021 with a parade performance by Kinetika Bloco.

Emma Harrabin, Programme Manager for Coventry City of Culture 2021, said: “Godiva Festival has always been eclectic, but this year has seen an amazing cross section of artists, from world music, through Asian dance, ska and an incredible Stealing Sheep’s Suffragette Tribute performance. It really was a special year!”

“It’s great that the excitement continues to build towards Coventry City of Culture 2021.”

Throughout the weekend, people took to Facebook and Twitter to say how much they enjoyed the event.

John Morton commented on Facebook: Fabulous. Friendly family weekend!

James Harvey also commented: Great family friendly event! And free to enter. Thanks for another great year.

Cradle of Filth said: We had a fantastic time at @godivafestival last night! Thanks to all who came to see our set #cradleoffilth #godivafestival

Jonas Blue, who posted a video of his performance on Instagram, commented “This is why I make music.”

Photos of the event can be found on www.godivafestival.com/2018photos

Coventry Godiva Festival is brought to you by Coventry City Council, in association with Free Radio and Jaguar Land Rover and supported by Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry University, Fargo and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.