Great news – Godiva Festival is back!

Coventry’s popular and free Godiva Festival has been confirmed for another year this morning.

The event, which takes place on the first weekend in July, continues into its 18th year after speculation last year of whether it would continue or see a £2 contribution from each visitor. It was revealed earlier that the festival will indeed remain free despite causing a big dent in the council budget.

The festival saw record numbers of visitors last year with acts like The Wombats, JME, and Slaves performing for free across the weekend, held at the city’s War Memorial Park. Over 141,000 people visited across the weekend, reaffirming Godiva Festival’s status as the largest free and ticketless festival in the UK.

While no acts have so far been announced to perform, mouths will now begin wagging with predictions of who could possibly be coming to the city. Acts in the past have included Happy Mondays, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro.

It is hoped that the continuation of Godiva Festival – named after the city’s most famous daughter – will help with the City of Culture 2021 bid, showcasing the music and arts scene interwoven through the city’s ethos.

Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events, said: “We are really proud of the fact that Coventry Godiva Festival remains the biggest free family festival in the UK. It brings great profile to Coventry and has a huge economic impact on the city as well, as we estimate that the total economic impact from the event last year was around £1.7million. 29% of people who attended last year were from outside the city, so there’s no doubt that it has a hugely positive impact on the Coventry economy.”

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Jessica Allen

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