Five years ago CoventryLive took a look at some major developments, projects and events in the pipeline that were set to help make the city a great place to live.

No-one could have accounted for 2020 and 2021 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Sadly the threat posed by Covid is far from over yet but as the New Year approaches, it’s surely a time to look forward with hope.

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If the combined efforts of scientists, medical experts and the Government can deal with Omicron effectively – and whatever might come in its wake – than there is much to look forward to in Coventry.

Here is our updated list of 12 (it was ten) things that have already changed the city and strengthened its offering – or are set to help transform Coventry and make it a very desirable place to live and work.

Our list has evolved and grown over time and some long-awaited features are now established attractions – including The Wave water park and the 50-metre swimming pool at the Alan Higgs Centre.



The Coventry city centre skyline
The Coventry city centre skyline

Suffice to say, Coventry has never been a city that stands still – and despite the difficulties it faces it is never shy of moving forward and embracing change.

Will people really want to move here?

Rising house prices in the city suggest it is a place people want to relocate to and the city offers good value for home buyers compared with some areas of the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

With talk about the development of the Midlands Engine by the Government, promises of more money for the region generally and the expected post-Covid economic recovery, Coventry should be well placed to take advantage.

1. Coventry’s final run-in as UK City of Culture in 2021



Coventry Moves will be the grand opening event for UK City of Culture in May 2021
Coventry Moves will be the grand opening event for UK City of Culture in May 2021

During an intensively competitive bidding process many people probably thought this was a pipe dream – but Coventry triumphed.

The pandemic saw Coventry’s year in the cultural spotlight put back until May 2021.

The good news about that is that there are almost another five months of City of Culture events remaining.

The 365-day programme kicked-off on May 15, with a grand opening event called Coventry Moves.

Other highlights have included the world-renowned Turner Prize exhibition and ceremony being held at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.



Coventry city centre from the air. Picture by Ryan Ginters
Coventry city centre from the air. Picture by Ryan Ginters

The 2021 UK Asian Film Festival also took place in the city in June and on the back of City of Culture status the MOBO Awards came to Coventry in December.

A big hit in 2021 was the Assembly Festival Garden, which welcomed more than 85,000 audience members, and proved to be so popular that a petition, signed by more than 2,000 individuals was set-up to see it return. It is set to come back next spring.

The programme still includes a range of major artistic events, world premieres and commissions across theatre, music, dance, literature, comedy and visual arts.

The Reel Store, the UK’s first fully immersive digital gallery opens in spring 2022, and will feature innovative experiential art commissions in the former Coventry Telegraph building.

The gallery launches with Machine Memoirs: Space, a 360-degree cinematic experience by internationally renowned artist Refik Anadol in collaboration with NASA.

Whatever the difficulties posed by the pandemic, being UK City of Culture will undoubtedly have a transformational effect on Coventry and a key element is about it leaving a lasting legacy.

For a full list of events happening as part of Coventry’s UK City of Culture, visit its website.

2. The 2022 Commonwealth Games

The 2022 Commonwealth Games might be coming to Birmingham but there’s plenty happening in Coventry as part of it too.

One of the key venues is being created as part of a major new look for the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Work is well underway on the fourth stage in a multi-million-pound project to create the state-of-the-art Commonwealth Convention Centre at the venue ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The new south pavilion will be the main gateway to the convention centre and provide access to the 7,750 square metres of indoor conference and exhibition space at the Arena.

Work already completed includes the renovation of the 6,000 sqm Indoor Arena, the aesthetic transformation of the existing 1,750 sqm of space beneath the Arena, which is now the convention centre, and the creation and launch of a new sports bar, The Anecdote.

When finished, the pavilion entrance will provide access to the new Convention Centre lobby, an open plan multi-purpose reception space offering flexible options for event organisers.

The south pavilion is the centre-piece of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the venue and will be clearly seen from Jimmy Hill Way.

The Commonwealth Convention Centre is set to open its doors in early 2022 as Coventry Building Society Arena gears up to host Rugby Sevens, judo and wrestling at the Commonwealth Games.

See the gallery below for CGIs of the development at the Arena

After the games, it is hoped that the convention centre will further cement the Arena as a modern, flexible and ‘market-leading’ facility for the conference and exhibition industry.

The project is funded through the £3.8 million granted to the venue by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), via the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) as part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

An additional £1.4 million has also been made available to Coventry Building Society Arena via CWLEP from the Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund.

Sarah Windrum, chairman of CWLEP, said: “It is fantastic to see another step forward in creating the south pavilion which is certain to attract delegates from across the UK to the city and boost our economy.

“This type of venue is vital, not only during Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021 and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, but also to secure the long-term future of conferencing in the region.”



The entrance to Broadstreet RFC's clubhouse
The entrance to Broadstreet RFC’s clubhouse

In November 2021 Broadstreet Rugby Club was handed a ‘massive boost’ after being named as an official training venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Binley Woods-based venue has been selected as one of two Rugby Sevens training venues, ahead of the matches that will take place July 29 to 31 next year at the nearby Coventry Building Society Arena.

Birmingham 2022 chose Broadstreet’s Ivor Preece Field because of its four ‘World Rugby standard pitches’, as well as ‘changing areas and large internal spaces for teams to utilise before or after training’.

READ MORE: New images revealed of multi-million pound Coventry Building Society Arena project

The pitches were used by Gallagher Premiership club Wasps for five years before they vacated the site to move into a new facility in Henley-in-Arden in the summer.

Brett Daynes, Broadstreet Rugby Club head coach, said: “Having Broadstreet Rugby Club as a training venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a massive boost and it’s a huge opportunity, not just for the club but also for the wider area in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“We have four wonderful pitches which are of world standard, and we can’t wait to welcome rugby players from across the Commonwealth to our club.”

The second training venue for Rugby Sevens is the Cryfield Sports Pavilion at the University of Warwick campus, which is one of the Commonwealth Games campus villages. The university is also providing elite training facilities for Judo and Wrestling.

3. The amazing attractions on the doorstep and transport links




Coventry’s geographic location is sometimes taken for granted but it shouldn’t be.

The city is splendidly located in lots of ways, with a host of world-class attractions on the doorstep and being within easy reach of both London and Birmingham – Britain’s capital and its second city.

London can be reached in just over an hour by train.

Meanwhile Birmingham is just over 20 minutes by fast train and easily accessed by road via a variety of A-roads and motorways.

Watch: The train journey from London to Coventry


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Commuting apart, Coventry is just a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s top tourist attractions, including Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford, with its theatres and more besides.

Also close by are Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle, two of Britain’s finest medieval castles.

As well as the shopping facilities in the city itself, other popular destinations such as Leamington and Solihull are within easy reach.

And bizarrely Birmingham Airport is probably easier to get to from Coventry than Birmingham.

4. The restoration of Coventry’s historic buildings

A ground-breaking move saw Coventry City Council hand over the ownership of more than 25 historic buildings and sites in a deal believed to be one of the largest transfers of such assets ever in the UK.

The move saw the transfer of 22 properties and five adjoining sites, ranging from two Grade I listed 14th-century monasteries to a row of 19th-century shops, enabling the buildings to be restored and put back into use

The properties, which include the Charterhouse Heritage Park, Whitefriars Monastery and a row of shops in the Burges, have been transferred to community heritage organisation the Historic Coventry Trust.

Historic England said the move would kick-start a five-year £30m restoration and regeneration programme that is continuing to progress.



The major revamp of the Charterhouse began in November 2019.

Contractor Splitlath was signed-up to carry out £4.1 million of work to restore the Grade I listed 14th century Carthusian monastery.

Works will restore the main monastery buildings, including restoring the roofs, structural and building fabric repairs, restoration of 15th and 16th century wall paintings, reconstruction of two monks’ cells, and construction of a new conservatory cafe.

Watch: What are listed buildings?


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Other phases include upgrading a 70-acre wildlife rich landscape and two miles of riverside and woodland walks known as the Heritage Park.

Ian Harrabin, chairman of Historic Coventry Trust, said: “The community has been fighting to preserve the Charterhouse and its landscape for decades and its restoration is a major milestone for us all.

“Coventry’s Charterhouse is one of only two Carthusian monasteries in the UK with any significant remains and this is the only one with any intact interiors.”



Some of the smaller properties are being turned into special visitor stay accommodation – for tourist visitors and top end business visitors.

Historic Coventry Trust was originally established to save the Charterhouse.

Acclaimed chef Glynn Purnell is also set to open a fine dining restaurant as part of the transformation of the Charterhouse.

Other buildings being restored and reused are:

Lychgate Cottages at 3-5 Priory Row

Likely dating from the 1600s but using much older timbers. These cottages were built after St Mary’s, Coventry’s first cathedral, was demolished in The Dissolution.

The trust has converted the properties into four high-quality units for short-term lettings to visitors to the city, similar to those operated by the Landmark Trust.



Swanswell and Cook St Gates

The city gates were unused but each one has now been converted into a single visitor accommodation unit similar to Priory Row.

Whitefriars Gate and land adjoining

Whitefriars Gate was the Much Park Street entrance to the Carmelite foundation established in Coventry in 1342.

The trust is converting the gate into two visitor cottages one each side of the arch.

London Road Cemetery

London Road Cemetery was designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, who later went on to design the Crystal Palace (1851) and become Coventry’s MP.

It is Grade I listed as a landscape and one of the top five historic cemeteries in the UK.

The landscape is being restored by the council in partnership with the trust as part of the Heritage Park.

Tourists and locals will be able to find out about the stories of the great that are buried there such as the Starleys, who invented the bicycle as we know it.

The trust will run activities in the cemetery and take over ownership of the two chapels.



Non-Conformist Chapel in London Road Cemetery

This Neo-Classical former chapel was designed by Joseph Paxton and his son-in law George Stokes as part of the cemetery and a main feature for vistas.

The plan is to convert this into modern offices for a digital or design business with a new mezzanine floor.

Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery

This is to be used as a community facility with a wide range of uses, from meetings to weddings and will be available to hire.

Drapers’ Hall

Built in 1832 in the Greek Revival style. Designed by Thomas Rickman who also designed Greyfriars Church, destroyed in the Blitz.

Plans were approved to restore Drapers’ Hall as a centre for the performance and education of classical music.

It is set to become Coventry’s first ‘Conservatoire’.

Whitefriars Monastery

The building that remains today is the eastern part of the cloister of a once large monastery founded in 1342 for the Carmelite order.

Historic Coventry’s plans are to open up the first floor hall as a large room for events which can be booked by the public.

There could also be a café in the cloister.

5. A possible gigafactory, the National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility and thousands of new jobs



A CGI showing what the proposed gigafactory at Coventry Airport could look like
A CGI showing what the proposed gigafactory at Coventry Airport could look like

In October 2021 footage and images were released which showed what a huge Coventry gigafactory could look like.

The footage and images reveal the scale of a giant factory to build batteries for electric vehicles on the site of Coventry Airport.

The team behind the ambitious West Midlands Gigafactory project have also said it could be up and running by 2025.

In addition, if it becomes a reality, the factory would become the UK’s largest single industrial facility, covering the same area as 74 football pitches

READ MORE: New footage and images show what huge Coventry gigafactory could look like

It is estimated the £2.5 billion investment would create up to 6,000 jobs directly and thousands more in the supply chain

The project is currently being led by a public/private sector joint venture between Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd, which is owned by the Rigby Group.

It is also being supported by an alliance spanning local government, industrial groups and universities.

To get the green light, the project, which would see the closure of Coventry Airport, requires a major investor to come onboard.

The team behind it say they are continuing to explore investment opportunities with battery manufacturers around the world.



A precursor to any anticipated gigafactory is the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), which is close to Coventry Airport.

A national centre to develop batteries for the electric vehicles of the future, in itself it has created around 100 jobs.

However it is seen very much as a catalyst for what might follow in its wake and thought to have the potential to unlock thousands of new jobs.

Bringing the facility to Coventry, as part of a national competition to choose where it would be sited, could prove a key building block for Coventry to become the UK’s Motor City once again.

Not only that but it could see Coventry and Warwickshire ultimately lead the world in electric vehicle technology.

The aim is not only to see the development of the best and most efficient batteries but to put them into production too.

The 18,000m² facility was given an £18 million cash boost by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Andy Williams, director of business, investment and culture at Coventry City Council, said the UKBIC will enable Coventry to tap into a potential £50 billion market.

He said: “Coventry is already a focal point for the UK auto industry and securing the UKBIC will make the area hugely attractive to investors from the industry.

“The manufacture in internal combustion engines is expected to decline steadily over the next 20 years as more and more car manufacturers plan to move towards electric fleets.

“It is expected that the market for battery technology in the EU will be worth as much as €50bn during this period, and with the UKBIC operating in Coventry this will provide an excellent incentive for inward investment and job creation.”

Watch: Greg Clark on the importance of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre


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Government funding of £108m was initially pumped into the project, with the additional WMCA cash – a repayable grant at no cost to the council – taking the total cost to £126m.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The West Midlands is already the home of the UK’s automotive industry and I am determined that we become a global leader as well, particularly when it comes to autonomous vehicles.

“UKBIC will allow us to do exactly that by researching and discovering the latest state-of-the-art battery technology.

“It will not be long before our research and researchers are in demand across the world.



“I am pleased the WMCA was able to supply UKBIC with this extra funding as the centre will be a crucial part of our automotive cluster, which also features innovation centres and production plants. The next step in the cluster is a gigafactory, which I am lobbying Government for.”

There is no doubt that Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term plans are central to new jobs being created.

The Coventry car maker has said it is pursuing an ‘electric’ future.

6. City Centre South



In November 2020 plans were submitted for Coventry’s long-awaited City Centre South scheme.

Revised plans for the huge city centre regeneration project were launched in June that year by developers Shearer Property Group.

November saw the company submit an outline planning application to Coventry City Council following a consultation exercise, which included a three-week public exhibition.

The revised plans no longer include a department store, which had formed part of the original vision.

Instead of an anchor store at its heart, the scheme will feature what is described as “a public realm and accessible events space” as well as retail, leisure and residential elements.



A CGI image showing how the revised City Centre South scheme will look

In April 2021 the search began to find a partner for the huge project after the outline plans were given the green light by Coventry City Council.

Outline plans for the £380m mixed-use scheme in Coventry city centre, which will include shops, restaurants and new homes, were unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee in April.

In the wake of the decision, Shearer Property Group said it would go to the funding and investment market in a bid to secure a joint venture funding/residential partner.

City Centre South has already secured £98m in funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The 15-acre scheme will provide approximately 1.35 million sq ft of floor space, which will include up to 1,300 new homes, a hotel, cinema, retail and restaurants along with co-working and community spaces.

Shearer Property Group says the development will create “a new focal point for all of Coventry’s communities to come together” – as well as “drawing in visitors, with inviting new public realm and accessible events space at its heart”.

Shearer Property Group has described City Centre South as “one of the most significant opportunities for regeneration and investment the city has seen for decades”.

The 15-acre site, which would cover nine football pitches, is in the southern part of the city centre.

It includes Bull Yard, Shelton Square, Market Way, City Arcade and Hertford Street.

Shearer Property Group already has strong connections with Coventry stretching back seven years.

The company reinvented Cathedral Lanes as the city centre’s food and drink quarter, introducing bars and restaurants like The Botanist, Cosy Club and Wagamama.

In collaboration with the city council, it is also currently transforming Upper Precinct into a new public space.

7. The Wave water park




Coventry’s big city centre attraction – The Wave water park – opened its doors in autumn 2019.

The £36.7m city centre facility opened to the public on October 21 that year.

The park offers six main slides, all with different features.

There is also a children’s area with smaller slides, water buckets and much more.

In addition to the rides fans of fitness can enjoy a gym complete with more than 120 stations, more than 70 group exercise classes, and a 25m modern lane swimming pool complete with mood lighting.

There are also squash courts and a dance studio and the Mana Spa.

This is a Maori inspired mix of a spa pool, aromatic room, herbal steam room and sauna.

8. 50-metre swimming pool



The new 50m Olympic swimming pool has opened at The Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry.

The Alan Higgs Centre opened its 50-metre swimming pool to the public in February 2020.

The Olympic-sized pool, cost around £10.5 million to build and is suitable for a range of swimming abilities.

The Alan Higgs Centre also has a gym, 3G pitch, cafe and a room where exercises classes are held.

There are a number of classes ranging from yoga to body blast and group cycling.

You can find the class timetable here, which is also colour coded based on suitability.

A creche is also available for people who are looking for childcare.

An Olympic-sized 50-metre swimming pool has often been held-up as the ‘gold standard’ for pools.

Coventry had boasted one for many years but it went when Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre in Fairfax Street closed its doors and was replaced by the new water park.

9. Concerts and events at the Coventry Building Society Arena

The Coventry Building Society Arena, which was formerly The Ricoh Arena, has established a reputation as THE stadium venue in the Midlands for some of the world’s biggest entertainers and events.

2018 saw a visit by the band dubbed ‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’ – the Rolling Stones.

That June 2018 performance marked a triumphant return to the city for the band, who had last played in Coventry 47 years previously.

That performance saw them visit the Coventry Theatre in March 1971.

In recent years the venue has also seen performances by Bruce Springsteen, Muse, Robbie Williams and Pink.

Among the big names who visited in 2019 were the Spice Girls and Bon Jovi and other big names were lined-up for 2020 but had to be postponed.

Two of the biggest were The Killers and Rammstein.

In August 2021 the Killers rescheduled their UK tour for a second time including a gig in Coventry.




The Imploding the Mirage tour was initially due to come to Coventry in summer 2020 before the world went into lockdown and large gatherings were banned under Covid-19 legislation.

Those gigs were rescheduled to take place in 2021 from May, including the Ricoh Arena date on May 29.

However, with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown preventing large gatherings before June 21 at the earliest, the Las Vegas based band had to put the tour back by another year.

Posting to their social media channels, the band said: “UK and Ireland friends… We’re sorry, but there’s no way around this. These will be the same great shows, but we have to move them to next year. All tickets will be honoured so we really hope you can still join us.”

May 28, 2022

The Coventry gig was listed with a date of Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Disappointed fans can be reassured their original tickets remain valid for all of the rescheduled gigs.

The support act for the Coventry Building Society Arena gig will be the Manic Street Preachers.




In March 2021 German metal band Rammstein announced they were to reschedule their Coventry gig until 2022.

The German metal band had to rearrange their European stadium tour again due to Covid-19.

They were initially due to play at the Ricoh Arena as was in summer 2020, but the date was postponed until June 19, 2021.

However, with the country then set to be in some kind of lockdown until at least June 21, it was decided the postponed date would too be rescheduled.

The new date at the Coventry Building Society Arena will be Sunday, June 26, 2022.

10. City centre hotels

The Telegraph hotel



The Telegraph Hotel
The Telegraph Hotel

The old Coventry Evening Telegraph building has been transformed into a new boutique hotel.

Located in Coventry city centre, the Telegraph hotel on Corporation Street was the former home of the Coventry Evening Telegraph for decades.

And in a nod to its past, the £120 million luxury hotel’s design took inspiration from the building’s history as a thriving newspaper, as well as the mid-century architectural style for which Coventry is famed.

The hotel opened in December 2020 after the original opening was postponed due to lockdown but its operation was again limited due to restrictions. However it finally got fully up and running in 2021.

Take a look around the hotel here:

The Telegraph Hotel on Corporation Street and overlooking Belgrade Square, had been due to open in November 2020.

But it was announced the date had been pushed back after the country went into its second nationwide lockdown.



The regeneration of the building – which was developed by Complex Development Projects (CDP) and operated by Bespoke Hotels – was welcomed by city leaders.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration said the project would give a ‘new lease of life to an iconic building’ and also create jobs.

The hotel has 88 bedrooms, several of which are duplex penthouse suites, along with doubles and twins.

It features an all-day bar and restaurant, a rooftop bar overlooking Belgrade Square and meeting and conference facilities.

Hotel Indigo




In March 2021 Coventry City Council agreed a loan to fund a 100-room hotel in the city centre as part of the drive to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The council stepped in to provide additional funding to kick-start the Hotel Indigo project at Friargate, close to the railway station, due to the impact the pandemic had on the hospitality sector.

Plans for the 100-room, four-star boutique hotel were approved towards the end of 2019 and warmly welcomed by councillors.

In December 2019 the city council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the plans from applicants Castlebridge Group, for a five-storey hotel build in Friargate including a restaurant, bar and mini-gym.

Loan approved

In the wake of the pandemic councillors were asked to approve a loan to support the private finance already committed to the project and ensure the building work could go ahead.

The council did not reveal how much money was involved but said the loan was a small amount, compared to the overall cost of the hotel.

When it was approved, the Hotel Indigo project was described by the city’s planning committee as ‘exciting’, a ‘welcome’ addition’ and ‘very much needed’.

The hotel is set to create 42 full-time and 21 part-time jobs.

11. Cathedral Lanes and other restaurants and bars

The Cathedral Lanes shopping centre in the heart of the city centre has been transformed into Coventry’s go-to dining destination.

Established restaurants Wagamama, Cosy Club, Las Iguanas, Zizzi, The Botanist and Bistro Pierre initially set up their stall in the city. Other eateries which followed in 2021 included two long-awaited arrivals in the shape of Five Guys and Turtle Bay.

The changes are part of a food revolution in Coventry which might have been slowed due to the pandemic but was most likely just a temporary blip.



Acclaimed chef Glynn Purnell is set to open a fine dining restaurant at Coventry’s historic Charterhouse as part of the historic building’s restoration.

In 2019 the Michelin-starred chef revealed he chose Coventry over London to open his first restaurant outside Birmingham.




The celebrity chef who is known as ‘the Yummy Brummie’ and who is a former host of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen show, revealed to CoventryLive that one of the key reasons he chose Coventry was because he sees the city as having a big contribution to make to the region’s fine dining scene going forward.

Hotel Indigo restaurant

A 100-seater fine dining restaurant is set to be built as part of the new Hotel Indigo at the Friargate development near the train station.

The plans also include a new roof terrace.

New venues, pubs and restaurants



Despite the pandemic there is still appetite in the city for new ventures.

Dhillon’s Spire Bar, which opened in April 2021, is a welcome addition to the line-up of city centre bars where people can go to try a selection of real ales.

The venue had been in the works for some time, but while it was originally due to open in February, the lockdown imposed at the beginning of January meant there was a delay.

It is housed in the historic Christchurch spire on New Union Street in the city centre, formerly home to Inspire.

The bar is under the umbrella of Dhillon’s Brewery, the popular city beer makers with a site near to the Coventry Building Society Arena. Dhillon’s is known for its incredible ales and partnership with Coventry City.



Alongside classics such as Shape of You and Perfect, Ed performed tracks from his new album =, including Visiting Hours, First Times and Overpass Graffiti.

Music venue hmv Empire also opened at a new location, moving from Far Gosford Street to the more central Hertford Street.

The undoubted highlight of the new venue was when superstar Ed Sheeran performed at an intimate free gig there on August 25, 2021.

The ‘Bad Habits’ singer performed the one-off gig to 700 lucky prize winners at the hmv Empire, while 3,000 more watched a live-stream from the Assembly Festival Garden as part of the City of Culture 2021 celebrations.

Tickets for the live-stream were snapped up in just 30 minutes after they became available on a first-come, first-serve basis last week.

Alongside classics such as ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Perfect’, Ed performed number one hit ‘Bad Habits’ from new album =, as well as ‘Visiting Hours’, ‘First Times’ and ‘Overpass Graffiti’.

Fans began queuing for the gig to make sure they got the best possible spot at 4.30am – some 17 hours before Ed even took to the stage.

At the gig, Ed told fans: “I love having a crowd here, this is great.

“And getting to play rooms like this again, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve played something that has a roof, if that makes sense, and I really, really love it.

“This is where I spent so many nights of my life on my first album and second album, playing theatres and academies, and it is always the best buzz.”

The gig was also the grand opening of the new hmv Empire, which underwent a £500,000 refurbishment.

Find out more on the venue’s website.

12. Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Coventry



Greg James made the announcement live on his breakfast show this morning

BBC Radio 1’s Greg James gave a ‘big up’ to Coventry’s War Memorial Park as he made the Big Weekend announcement live on Radio 1.

The excited Breakfast show presenter revealed that the city would be playing host to the huge event in May live on radio on November 16.

He had struggled to not reveal the name before the official announcement at 7.40am.

But, when the time came, he said: “Two years ago the last in-person Big Weekend we did was in Middlesbrough.

“We are so excited we are doing a Big Weekend, all of us together in a field, watching the biggest artists in the world performing just for us.



The War Memorial Park

“2022’s Big Weekend is heading to Coventry and we are going to be there for three days…and 70,000 of you will be able to join us.

“If you want the exact details, the location is Coventry’s War Memorial Park, there will be people near the War Memorial Park right now going ‘oh my god, there’, you probably walk the dog there but we will be walking loads of popstars there.

“Finally I can say it out loud ‘Coventry, Coventry, Coventry, Coventry, Coventry’. Also, what a relief that we are going to be a big field together, watching some live music and doing a Big Weekend.

“It is our favourite thing to do at Radio 1, to pack up the studio and take it a new location and invite some of the world’s biggest artists.”

He said he nearly let out the location during the show the previous day (November 15) and then added: “War Memorial Park ‘Big Up’.

“I know it is a bit early, but we are going to go for it. We are going to have an in-person Big Weekend. Can you imagine how excited we are going to be come May?

“We are going to pull out all of the stops, we are going to have an amazing weekend, it is going to be a huge party.

“It is something to look forward to, Big Weekend in Coventry, see you there.”

Details about the acts who will be appearing during the weekend have yet to be revealed.

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