It’s the moment music fans in Coventry have been waiting for. The bulk of the line-up for this year’s eagerly-awaited Godiva Festival is out – and so are the tickets.
Indie rock band The Libertines, fronted by former Bedworth schoolboy Pete Doherty, have been confirmed as one of three headline acts alongside singer Tom Grennan and 1980s pop group Bananarama. The Libertines, whose hits include Can’t Stand Me Now, What Became of the Likely Lads and Time for Heroes, will take top billing on the Friday night.
Little Bit of Love singer Grennan will be the main act on the Saturday and Bananarama will be performing their catalogue of pop mega hits as Main Stage headliners on the Sunday. The event will take place in its traditional home of War Memorial Park, but from September 2 to 4 – later in the year than normal – because of Radio 1’s Big Weekend from May 27 to 29.
The announcement of the first wave of artists comes at the same time as early bird tickets for the festival go on sale. Music fans are being encouraged to get early bird tickets to save money ahead of the advanced sale and to potentially avoid disappointment.
Andy Williams, director of business, investment and culture at Coventry City Council, said: “We’re incredibly thrilled to announce the first wave of artists for this year’s festival. Godiva Festival has long had a reputation for mixing top name acts with some of this city’s finest talent and this year’s line-up is no different.
“From indie-rock and pop to ska and dance, there really is something for everyone here. It’s shaping up to be another fantastic festival and we’ll have more exciting announcements in the months to come too.
“We are also very conscious of the challenging times financially that lots of people are facing at present, so I encourage everyone to get their tickets early to save money and avoid missing out.”
Also confirmed to play are queen of dubstep Katy B, award-winning rock band The Feeling, hip hop duo A1 x J1, dance pop favourite Gracey and Coventry icon Neville Staple, former singer with 2 Tone pioneers The Specials. There will be performances from other artists with Cov connections in the form of up-and-coming indie outfit Idle Noise, Ukrainian folk fusion band Cov Kozaks and Jeff ‘Man’ Parris.
The second stage will see the return of Reflection presents Daylight Robbery. Reflection, who put on the immensely popular ‘House is a Feeling’ show last year, will celebrate Coventry’s dance and drum and bass heritage.
Australian dance superstar Luude, drum & bass star Georgie Riot, the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, beatboxing icon Beardyman and punk rock trio Dream Wife have also been confirmed. More artists will be announced in the coming days and weeks on www.godivafestival.com/lineup and @godivafestival on Facebook and Twitter.
Day tickets bought in the initial early bird period (up to June 30), can be bought for £4 and a weekend pass for £15. For early bird tickets, visit www.godivafestival.com/buytickets
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