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Godiva Calling


These rules are to ensure that all venues are following the same regulations, so that the Godiva Calling competition is fair and equal.

Venues are responsible for the selecting of the artists. The judges for the main heats will be organised by the Coventry Godiva Festival organisers. Where there are mini-heats the venues will provide the judges.  The judges and the audience will vote at the heats. 

Each venue can hold as many heats as they deem necessary – the winners for each genre of music will go on to perform at the Coventry Godiva Festival.

Venues may charge a small entry fee at their discretion.

Requirements for applicants

  • 1 venue per artist based on the genre they perform
  • NO Cover Songs allowed (unless recreated via sampling), any bands not observing this rule will automatically be disqualified.
  • NO Backing tracks with the exception of sampling for urban acts
  • Have to have a CV postcode.
  • Strictly 20 minutes performance time per band/artist.


The winner from each category will perform at the 2021 Coventry Godiva Festival on the appropriate day and stage.

The prize for the first place performer from each venue will be to perform at the 2021 festival. We will also try to arrange interviews on the day.


Each judge will have to declare if they have a vested interest in any of the artists and will subsequently have to withdraw from judging that heat.