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Tom Clarke of The Enemy to play Godiva Festival anniversary acoustic set

Les Reid 9th Mar, 2017

FORMER frontman of Coventry chart-toppers The Enemy, Tom Clarke, is to play an acoustic set at the Godiva Festival to mark the ten-year anniversary of their celebrated first album.

The Enemy exploded onto the Godiva Festival in 2007 in the very weekend their inaugural album ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ went straight into the charts at number one.

The trio’s incendiary performance in a tent, which will never be forgotten by anyone who experienced it, was followed up by an appearance on the Godiva mainstage the following year.

Now it has been announced Tom Clarke will be playing an acoustic set for the headline slot of Saturday night’s Rhythm Tent.

After The Enemy disbanded last year, Tom confirmed he will be doing a tour in June and July to acoustically celebrate the 10-year anniversary of We’ll Live and Die In These Towns.

His Godiva Festival appearance is set to be the last stop on the solo tour.

He said: “This year also marks 10 years since The Enemy first played at Godiva Festival, so it’s amazing to be able to announce that I’ll be performing a full unplugged set at the festival to end the run of dates on the anniversary tour.”

Lee House, Coventry City Council’s events manager, added: “We know that there’s lots of love for Tom in Coventry and it’s good to be able to invite Tom back to play to play an acoustic set to celebrate the success of Tom and The Enemy within Coventry.”

This announcement follows confirmation The Stranglers will headline on Friday night, and The Darkness will headline on Sunday evening.

Saturday’s main stage headliner and other acts will be announced soon, say organisers.

The festival will go ahead as the traditional three-day free event on July 7 – 9 in the War Memorial Park in Coventry.

Coventry council leaders have warned it could be the last unless more revenue streams are secured.

Under pressure from government cuts, the council’s leaders have since 2012 been suggesting the music and cultural festival needs more sponsorship and marketing.

Charging admission fees has also been mooted for years, as has cutting it back to once every two years.

Councillor Abdul Khan, the council’s deputy leader, emphasised recently the need for more revenue if the festival is to go-ahead from next year.

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