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Coventry Godiva Festival 2017 – Nextfest Preview

Coventry Godiva Festival returns in 2017, having pulled in just under 150,000 attendees back in 2016. The festival reaches its 18th year this year and is steeped in historical roots which date back as far as 1190 and the days of Coventry’s first temptress (we’re keeping a close eye on you, Peeping Tom).

Bolstered by their successes over the past 18 years, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that 2017’s festival is packed with top-notch entertainment, from many different aspects of the arts. There is to be comedy, music, workshops, theatre, storytelling, and much more, which probably explains why the festival is so popular; it has something for EVERYONE.

Photo: Godiva Festival/ Coventry City Council

For the full line-up, plus set times, photos, videos and ticket info head to our Coventry Godiva Festival page.

There are several acts we highly recommend checking out from across the entire (which is brimming with great artists, by the way). If you fancy a good laugh, then check out Carly Smallman. The comedienne mixes music with amusement, as she plays her self-penned comic songs which have seen her performing on the likes of Rob Brydon‘s show. Her acerbic take on everyday observations is downright hilarious, so get all over this while you can.

Obviously, we have the musical element of the festival, which sees The Stranglers, The Darkness, and Example & DJ Wire headlining over the three days. We definitely recommend, however, that you make the effort to catch Panjabi MC if you get the opportunity. Literally everyone knows the track Mundian To Bach Ke, which famously dropped colossal bhangra beats all over the top of the Knightrider theme tune, to breathtaking effect. Panjabi MC puts a wicked spin on the Bhangra sound, and he is truly worth some of your time while you are at the festival.

Photo: Godiva Festival/ Coventry City Council

For the full line-up, plus set times, photos, videos and ticket info head to our Coventry Godiva Festival page.

In addition to Panjabi MC, we urge you to check out the riotous sounds of Pulled Apart by Horses, whose eponymous debut album was met with critical acclaim. They have recently released their fourth studio album, The Haze, which charted at number 12 in the UK album chart, but we imagine they’ll be playing a selection of favourites from across their 9-year career. Hopefully that will include the amusingly titled I Punched a Lion in the Throat. Big boast that, mate.

You can also enjoy slightly more leftfield attractions, such as the Silent Disco, where you can go full throttle without upsetting the neighbours. The nippers are well taken care of as well, with plenty for them to hear, see, and do, in the Family Field. Obviously, grown-ups are catered for as well, with well-stocked bars and food stalls giving plenty of choice where refreshments are concerned.

Photo: Godiva Festival/ Coventry City Council

If you want to know more about the event, then head over to the Coventry Godiva Festival page, where you can check out some images from last year’s fezzie and find out about ticket sales.


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