The Godiva Festival  1st-3th July 2011

Widely regarded as the highlight of the Coventry calendar, the Godiva Festival brings together the people of the city for a celebration of music, laughter and good old fashioned entertainment for all the family!  


Over three days, the festival showcases some of the finest local, national and international artists from a multitude of genres, and comedy acts that will leave you in stitches.  


Festival goers have the opportunity to witness some of the best acts in street entertainment and cabaret, marvel at the renowned Godiva Carnival Procession, be creative in the kids tent, see a wealth of entertainment in the arena, and find out more about local history and eco-friendly groups in the region.


Best of all it’s completely FREE!


2010 is set to be even bigger and better than ever before with some of the world's most famous artists coming together over the weekend of the 1nd-3th July at War Memorial Park Coventry. So far highlights include, ASH, Martin Fry from ABC, The Christians, Senser, The Primitives, Hazel 'O' Connor & The Subterraneans, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Detroit Social Club and Morning Parade.


With a classic 80's feel to the Friday night, a mind blowing Saturday and a serene and mellow Sunday for all the family, you would be mad to miss out!


Of course Godiva is not all about the music, although that is a very large part of its history and culture. One very other important part of the free family festival is the superb lineup of comedy acts, acoustic artists, folk performances, arena shows and demonstrations, alternative styles and a great family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.


Don't forget that the Godiva Festival is also famous for its vibrant, dazzling and stylish Godiva Carnival Procession; 2011 sees a brand new theme take to the streets of Coventry, as we celebrate all things 'Natural World'.


This year offers a complete package that is sure to tantalise everyone's tastebuds, no matter what you enjoy. We look forward to seeing you over the 2nd - 4th July at War Memorial Park Coventry, bringing with you lots of sunshine and good old fashioned festival fun.


Godiva Fetival in Coventry 2011


Friday 1 July



The UK’s biggest FREE family festival kicks off on in style on Friday 1st July with a “Back to the 80s” themed evening of entertainment.


Welcoming a variety of legends to grace the main stage, this retro themed evening is guaranteed to get festival goers in the mood for some serious pop nostalgia.


The line up of live performers include: 80s legends Heaven 17 and Blancmange supported by synth pop band The Mirrors and the MidiMidis. As well as the impressive live sets there will also be disco classics and prize giveaways adding to the excitement of the evening.


Heaven 17


Heaven 17 are the English synth-pop band originating from Sheffield who started out at the very beginning of the 1980s. Taking their name from a fictitious band in cult movie A Clockwork Orange, the then 3 piece band had a rather quiet impact on the British pop scene before bursting to prominence with the 1983 smash hit “Temptation“, taken from the album “The Luxury Gap”. Further hits followed with “Crushed by the wheels of industry” and “Come live with me” which remains one of the most recognisable 80s synth hits to date.




Blancmange are a 2 piece electro-pop band formed in Middlesex in 1979. The band found initial exposure on the seminal “Some Bizarre Album” featuring alongside Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. They then exploded onto the UK charts with the top 10 single “Living on the Ceiling” in 1982. Further top 20 hits followed including Waves, Blind Vision and 1984 hits Don’t tell me and their cover of ABBA’s The day before you came, both taken from UK top 10 Album, Mange Tout.




Mirrors are an English synth-pop band hailing from Brighton. The 4 piece prefer to describe their 80s inspired brand as “Electronic Soul” and “Pop Noir”, with their main sound source emanating from analogue synthesizers. Their style of synth driven pop sound has been compared to that of Kraftwerk, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the dark and Depeche Mode. 2011 is proving to be a momentous year for the band, with their debut album “Lights and Offerings” released in February. April saw them touring as a headline act in Cologne and they will be supporting OMD in Spain in June, before heading to the Friday night Godiva main-stage.