House for the weekend in Coventry this summer

As well as hosting the University Summer Ball this year, Coventry Cathedral will also play host to a house music festival.

Aptly named Ruins, the one-day event on 30th July will aim to bring the biggest names in house music to the ruins of St Michael’s Cathedral, destroyed by German bombs in the Blitz of November 1940. This is the first time a dance or house event will be held at the cathedral. Coventry band The Enemy were forced to cancel two open air concerts in the cathedral ruins in May 2012, citing “council noise restrictions and health and safety aspects” – but the band’s manager said at the time that it wasn’t affordable.

The Ruins event has already announced Bristol DJ and producer Eats Everything will perform – an artist who has played at Glastonbury Festival, supported Disclosure at Alexandra Palace and won awards for his music.

Organisers have promised “huge names”, and only time will tell what the event will bring to the city in terms of artists this July. Elsewhere this summer, Coventry welcomes The Charlatans, Mystery Jets and The Boomtown Rats at Godiva Festival; Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Jess Glynne at the Ricoh Arena; and MTV Crashes at the Ricoh, which will see Chase & Status, Kaiser Chiefs and newly announced Fleur East. Singer Example, real name Elliot Gleave, will perform at Coventry University’s Summer Ball this May, also held in the cathedral ruins as well as University Square.

Tickets for the event, running from 4pm to 1am on 30th July, cost £25 and are available on the Ruins official website.

Jessica Allen

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