8th Dec, 2016

Record 148k crowds at Coventry's Godiva Festival

Coventry Editorial 4th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN estimated record 148,000 people attended the Godiva Festival over three days at the weekend.

The previous record was around 120,000 for the annual event in the War Memorial Park.

Sunday’s crowds were noticeably up on previous third day attendances, with 60,5000 visitors basking in the sunshine and enjoying a variety of acts, headlined on the main stage by Scouting for Girls.

Sunday also say youngsters flock to the family field, an amazing dance performance on moving giant diggers, and the official public launch of the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

The bumper Sunday crowd – which also saw The Pigeon Detectives on the main stage – marked another record for the festival in its 18th year.

The festival once more showcased Coventry talent in the #thisiscoventry tent, where a giant mechanical whale kept youngsters entertained.

Open mic stages away from the mainstage again provided an opportunity to chill out away from the mainstage, as did a variety of food and arts and craft stalls.

Sir Bob Geldof brought his Boomtown Rats late 1970s chart-toppers to headline on Friday night, and Saturday’s highlights included 1990s Manchester combo The Charlatans.

Councillor Abdul Khan, deputy leader of organisers Coventry City Council and cabinet member responsible for events, said: “It’s great that once again Godiva has attracted record visits to the park.

“The festival is a great event which offers something for everyone and we’re delighted so many people chose to come along and enjoy Godiva 2016.

“The festival also hosted the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 which showcased the amazing creative talent we have here in the city.

“Thank you for everyone who played their part in continuing to make Godiva the biggest free family music festival in the UK.”

Coventry Godiva Festival 2016 was supported by Jaguar Land Rover, Free Radio and Arts Council England and in association with Deliveroo, Fargo, Radio Plus, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Coventry Jubilee Rotary Club and the Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture Bid.