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Your chance to perform at Godiva Festival!

Published: Thursday, 29 July 2021

Godiva calling

Godiva Festival’s battle of the bands-style competition is back and is once again offering local musicians the chance to perform on one of Godiva Festival’s main stages.

Bands or solo artists with a Coventry postcode are eligible to apply to play in one of the six heats. The heats are divided into: Indie Rock, Urban, Alternative, Heavy Rock/Metal, Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic and Under 18s.

Winners from each category will be awarded a slot to perform on one of the Godiva Festival’s stages.

Heats for the competition will take place at six venues across the city in July and August. Here are the dates and times for the heats:

  • The Singer Songwriter heats will be taking place on 2, 9, 16 Aug. Final 23 August at Millsys.  To apply, contact  sam@cov.events
  • The Indie heats will be taking place on 6, 13, 20 Aug. Final on 27 August at the New Albany. To apply, contact sam@cov.events
  • The Alternative heats will be taking place on 15, 22 August. Final on 29 August at Metropolis. To apply, contact sam@cov.events
  • The Rock/Metal heats will be taking place on 5, 12, 19 August. Final on 22 August at the Arches. To apply, contact cvroxpromotions@gmail.com
  • The Urban heat/final will be taking place in 15 August at West Indian Community Centre. To apply, contact  colin@faceents.com
  • The U18 heats and final will be taking place on 18 August at The Arches. To apply, contact music@coventry.gov.uk

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events said: “Godiva Festival has always provided a showcase for local musicians and artists to play and gain some invaluable experience, which is why I’m thrilled that we’re able to announce that Godiva Calling is also returning this year. This year will be no different and we’ll once again have these local artists on our bill, alongside some other household names of course.

“It’s also great that we have the support of some excellent local music venues who offer their own support by organising and hosting the heats. Our local venues are the backbone of this city’s music scene and many of them have had a tough time during the pandemic. So, it’s fantastic that we are working in partnership with them once again on this competition.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021’s Godiva Calling brings and encourage local artists to apply and to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

Sam McNulty, long time organiser of micro acoustic stages at Godiva Festival is looking forward to this year.

"The festival always gives the city and the local music scene a massive boost and Godiva Calling is the perfect way to get your talents noticed. Enter and enjoy this unique opportunity to play on one of the main stages of the UK's biggest and best family festivals." 

Anyone who is interested in taking part can head to www.godivafestival.com/godivacalling to find out how register to take part in the heats.