Godiva Festival is confirmed for another year

By Jessica Allen

Godiva Festival is to take place in July – after months of speculation about it being called off this year.

The weekend, which is free, ticketless and suitable for all the family, attracted record-breaking crowds last year with over 125,000 people visiting across the weekend and event organisers are determined to break this record again in 2015.

With council cuts being proposed and challenged already in 2015 it was suggested the event should only happen every two years.

Cllr Abdul Khan, cabinet member with responsibility for events, said: “I know for many people the festival is the highlight of the year, so we want people to put the dates in their diaries and encourage them to come along and give their support to the event.

“These are difficult financial times for the Council, as people will be aware, so agreeing to deliver such an event is a difficult decision.

“However, as last year’s festival research showed us, the event is great for attracting people into the city which in turn is good news for the local economy and the city’s profile, not only locally but regionally and nationally.”

The festival has family attractions, a funfair and entertainment as well as live music throughout the weekend – last year’s event was headlined by Buzzcocks, Happy Mondays and The Lightning Seeds. Acts who have performed in the past include Biffy Clyro and Kasabian, with a strong focus on local acts such as The Enemy and ska groups. No acts have been announced as yet for this year.

The festival, which incorporates the Godiva procession that has been commonplace since the 17th century, will take place again at the War Memorial Park over the weekend of 3-5 July 2015.

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