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The Godiva Festival is a free weekend long music festival held each year in the War Memorial Park, Coventry, England, named after the city's famous former inhabitant Lady Godiva. It first appeared as a day long event in 1997 and became a 3 day event the following year in 1998. On the Saturday the famous Godiva Procession takes place; a tradition that has is roots in the Great Fair of 1678[1].

Logo of the Godiva Festival



The Festival attracts more than 75,000 visitors each year to a 12-acre (49,000 m2) site in Coventry City's War Memorial Park.

Artists and Attractions

The 3-day festival includes a dedicated 'electric' main stage which has played host to a wide array of mainstream and independent acts including Kasabian, The Fratellis, Shed Seven, Mercury Rev, The Enemy. Separate Stages and 'nights' cover the spectrum of reggae, folk, hip hop and contemporary dance music genres. A comedy tent, kid's tent, main arena, fair, craft market and green space attracts families as well as the music goer. The Festival is a non-profit making event organised by CV One, producers of the acclaimed Coventry Jazz Festival, and is widely marketed as the biggest free festival in the Midlands as well as the biggest free family festival in the UK.

Godiva Festival 2009

Electric Main Stage on Friday 3 July 2009

The 2009 Godiva Festival was headlined by Scottish alternative band Idlewild and took place from Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent


  • Jason Wood
  • Cole Parker
  • Jimmy McGhie
  • Carl Donnelly (compere)


  • Freefall Collective
  • Seckou Keita
  • Drumalicious
  • Asian Strings, Skins and Spices
  • The Salsa Samba Sensation
  • Blind Pirates rhythm and blues band
  • Hip Hop - Coventry MDC


  • Newton Faulkner
  • The King Blues
  • The Yeah You's
  • The Austin Francis Connection
  • A-Cappella Fellas
  • April Elizanbeth
  • PJ Wright
  • Thom Kirkpatrick
  • Fiona Cox
  • Rachel Challis
  • Jonny Darley
  • Sarah Ruddick
  • Stylusboy
  • Meet On The Ledge
  • Clarksville Mountain Band
  • Dave Swarbrick & Kev Dempsey
  • Trí
  • Gareth Davies-Jones
  • Harvey

Godiva Festival 2008

The 2008 Godiva Festival was headlined by the Coventry band The Enemy and took place from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Market Stage


  • Johnny Mac
  • Rosko Pico
  • Jay Nana
  • DJ Christo
  • Akeal
  • The Bellows
  • Fiori
  • The Illchemists
  • Men in Caves
  • Shadowplay
  • Shakletons
  • Wes Finch and the Dirty Band


  • Kanda Bongo Man
  • Mankala
  • Buffalo Soul Jah
  • Los Tropicales
  • Vamos
  • Claudio Kron
  • Kano
  • Yogz
  • Brotherman
  • KOF
  • Parly B
  • Starvin Artists
  • Reggiemental
  • TLG
  • C.O.Vs
  • DJ Frogeye
  • Kombat Breakers
  • Ricta
  • Italia UK
  • Charlie Healy
  • Zanity Dance Group
  • Evivo
  • Mc Dee & Crew
  • YIP Group
  • Hillz Fm
  • P’Nology (Warm up)
  • Woodend DJ’s


  • Jez Lowe and Kate Bramley
  • Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla
  • Rob Halligan
  • The Oddsods
  • The QP
  • Dark Island
  • Kristy Gallacher
  • King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
  • Blue Harlem
  • The Big Easy


A stage at the Godiva Festival 2007
The Electric Stage the Godiva Festival 2007
Superficial mud at the Godiva Festival 2007

The 2007 Godiva Festival took place from Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July[2]. It was also the 10th year for the festival.

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Market Stage


  • Mark Watson
  • MC Michael Legge
  • Topping and Butch
  • MC Dan Atkinson
  • Stuart Goldsmith
  • Sun, Zoom, Spark
  • DbMA
  • The Hearing
  • Men In Caves
  • The Carter Manoeuvre
  • Jamsons Nook
  • The Crooks
  • Little Girl Screaming
  • Decatone
  • Kifaru
  • Shakes & Shivers
  • Ottogono
  • What About Cube?
  • The Juliana Down


  • Ozomatli
  • Siyaya
  • Drumalicious
  • Caliche
  • Hamana Bjemakan
  • DJ SpinDoctor
  • Jehst
  • Preach & Baby J
  • Genesis Elijah
  • Reggimental
  • Tru Street Dance Crew


  • The Syd Lawrence Orchestra & Singers
  • Back to Basie Orchestra
  • Sean Cannon
  • Isambarde
  • Jim Crawford
  • Clarksville Mountain Band
  • Abi Lanigan
  • Harbour Lights
  • Justine
  • Thom Kirkpatrick and the Beautiful Noise
  • Fools Paradise


Last year's festival took take place from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July[3].

Day Electric Stage Rhythm Tent Spotlight Tent Paradise Tent


  • Decatone
  • The Great Blind Degree
  • Death by Miss Adventure
  • Fiori
  • Trailer
  • hobo hotel exile
  • 7th Wave
  • What About Cube?


  • Calusio Kron De Brazil
  • Drumalicious
  • Shri Live & DJ Badmarsh
  • Siyaya
  • Brazilica
  • TY
  • Paragon
  • Big P
  • Skeme
  • Milliondan
  • Beat Poets


  • Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
  • Spires Winds
  • Swarb Lazarus
  • The Oddsods
  • Rob Halligan and Gareth Davies-Jones
  • Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla
  • The Coventry Mummers
  • Eric Bogle
  • Carter Chapman
  • Dark Island
  • Pete Willow
  • Breaks Co-op
  • Misty's Big Adventure
  • Men Daimler
  • Devon Sproule
  • Vijay Kishore
  • Don't Move!
  • Tawt
  • Sumladfromcov
  • Cliff Hands
  • Laura Bettison
  • Lewis Garland
  • Lee Glasson
  • Wes Finch
  • Suzy-Indygo


The 2005 festival took place Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July[4].

It was the first time the comedy stage appeared and featured Shappi Khorsandi. Also on the Friday night Nerina Pallot performed and John Burnside recited poetry.

On Saturday the main stage lineup was:

Whilst EcoRhythm consisted of:


The 2004 festival took place Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June

The Saturday night main stage line up was[5]:


The 2003 festival took place Friday 6 June to Sunday 8 June.

The Saturday night main stage lineup included[6]:


The 2002 festival took place Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June. It was the fifth year the festival had taken place.

Bands who played include:


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