COVENTRY’S music scene will be celebrated with dedicated month of events as the city builds towards 2021.
Music Month is a new campaign, which has been created to throw a spotlight on the talent and creativity from Coventry, as well as highlight the city’s venues and festivals.
Starting on Making Music Day, it will promote events across a month from June 21 until July 21, with a full and inclusive listings being collated of all music events and activities which are taking place in a range of places and spaces across the city.
It will begin and end with a spotlight on communities and local talent, finishing the day after International Busking Day, which will include a range of performances across the city giving local musicians the chance to showcase their talent.
In partnership with Coventry City Council, the BBC and the Coventry Music Network, Coventry City of Culture Trust will spearhead the campaign to celebrate music and musicians from across the city, supporting the development of the music sector and throwing a spotlight on upcoming events.
Events already planned in the city include The Specials’ gigs at Coventry Cathedral – when the city, and the world, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the birth of the 2 Tone movement.
Music Month will also include Coventry Godiva Festival, from 5 July to 7 July, which is a huge event in the city’s musical diary and takes place in the War Memorial Park with tickets now available to buy in advance at www.godivafestival.com/tickets
Other stand-out events include the relaunch of the Coventry Music Network, by The Tin Music and Arts; Take the Square, a free ticketed, urban music event curated by young people in University Square on 13 July; and International Busking Day on 20 July.
Music Month will also celebrate the wide range of different grassroots and community music events taking place, from Bands in the park to Coventry Mela in Millennium Square.
It will also take in everything from the Coventry Music Hub summer showcase at Warwick Arts Centre, which will celebrate the city’s finest young classical music talent, through to the Big Reggae Brunch with DJs and MCs – and Caribbean cuisine – at Catch 22.
Coventry City of Culture Trust is currently calling all promoters and producers to share any listings they have for events taking place in Music Month.
Music Month will also feature Dave Marshall Barrett presenting BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s 2 Tone Story, an hour documentary about Coventry’s musical revolution, including stories from the original members from The Specials and The Selecter and the people who lived through the birth of a musical genre. It will be broadcast on Friday 21 June, from 6pm until 7pm on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.
While Coventry DJ Paul Morrell, who was behind one of the biggest hits of 2019, Sweet but a Pyscho, will be in conversation with Letitia George on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on Friday 12 July between 7pm and 8pm. He’ll be taking Letitia through his music collection and sharing some jaw dropping stories.
For more information or to submit events to Music Month, go to https://coventry2021.co.uk/music-month/