GODIVA FESTIVAL: Do we really need it? This will help you decide!

Godiva festival started in 1998, and for the last two decades it has been famous for being the Midlands biggest three-day free festival.

In 2018, Coventry City Council spent three times more than the original allocated budget! So, this year they introduced ticket charges for the first time. These additional funds are supposed to help manage some of the rising festival costs.

Now that Godiva is no longer the Midlands biggest three-day free festival, do we still need it? Is it still a good event for the City of Coventry?

5 Reasons why Godiva Festival is still great for Coventry!

1. Family-friendly fun

This year’s Godiva Festival provided plenty of entertainment and activities for families:

  • Fairground rides for all ages.
  • A mini-petting farm with rabbits, goats, etc.
  • A Community Circus where attendees could learn to could stilt-walk and hula-hoop, etc
  • An Experi-Tent which had a marble run, a VR experience, and lots of other digital technology.   
  • A wide variety of live musical Entertainment.

I think Godiva is good because it’s great to see so many families enjoying the festival, it appeals to such a broad age range. The size of the park means you don’t feel overwhelmed by huge crowds either. I must say my favourite part of the festival is the silent disco …. it’s just so much fun, if you haven’t experienced it before then definitely pen it in for next year!

Sam @Missb68

2. Amazing Artists

Over the last two decades there have been some amazing artists at Godiva, and this year did not disappoint with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Dodgy, Reef, The Levellers, Busted, and Feeder.

It’s a low cost festival that offers music, fun and activities for all ages! There is something for everyone, whatever your taste.

It brings people to Coventry and promotes our ‘City of Culture’

It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family in a relaxed environment.

Jane @joldbury

3. Godiva Supports Emerging local Artists

Every year Godiva runs a competition called ‘Godiva Calling’. This gives local bands and artists the chance to be selected to play at the festival.

It’s a showcase platform for emerging local musical artists

Wes @wesfinchuk

4. Cultural experience

People came together at Godiva Festival to listen to a variety of great music, laugh at comedy, get active with GoCV sports, chill out in the well being zone, learn new circus skills, dress up in silly outfits and have a generally wonderful time.

It’s a good opportunity for the people of Coventry to come together, regardless of social status. Godiva allows people on low incomes to have a cultural experience. It also promotes diversity, with acts from different groups

Rob @mrrjhopkns

This year, Coventry2021 brought the best Desi Music from across the Country to Godiva Festival.

What is Desi Music?

It’s a celebration of the music created, inspired or influenced by British Asian communities. Imagine artists performing a mixture of Bollywood, Bhangra, Qawwali, Reggae, Grime, Hip Hop and Folk-Electronica.

The UK Desi scene has created a unique fusion culture of art, fashion, food and above all music, which we celebrate in all its glorious diversity in the Rhythm Tent line up on Sunday.

Coventry 2021

5. Location

Godiva takes place in Coventry’s War Memorial Park, which is a great location!

If you have ever had to traipse across numerous farm fields or catch a shuttle bus just to get to a festival site due to limited onsite parking, then you will appreciate how easily accessible Godiva is.

A good location encourages more people from inside and outside of the city to attend.

Travel by Train: The Memorial park is only a 15-20 min walk from Coventry railway station, which is on the Main West Coast line.

Travel by Road: The Memorial park just off the A45, which also makes it pretty easy to access by road.

Godiva Festival is great for Coventry, it puts the city in the spotlight. I had friends travel from Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Guilford for the festival and they really enjoyed the weekend.

JAMIE @JAMIE_PANOT

Godiva Festival Images Taken by Regan Thacker @duskyblueskies

If you would like to see more images from the 2019 Music Festival, check out my Photography pass for Godiva blog post.

The Libertines on stage at Coombe Weekender

Coombe Weekender: Saturday by Regan Thacker

I was very fortunate to have a press pass to Coombe Weekender. I could see the Libertines sign on their backstage cabin, but before their set, there was no other trace of them. I had never seen The Libertines live. I mean a decade or so ago, I was a fan. I bought ‘Up the bracket‘ in 2002, and I also loved Dirty Pretty Things, who were band Carl Barat formed following the demise of the Libertines. The Libertines are known for their other infamous lead singer, Peter Doherty. Pete’s from nearby Bedworth.

Whilst I was in the press pit, numerous people in the crowd were asking if I had seen them or telling me how they used to know him, how he’s very down to earth, generous and friendly. I don’t know how true some of their stories were, but it was apparent that the crowd were really looking forward to seeing them live.

When The Libertines came onto the stage, I found myself a tad more awestruck than I anticipated. I was stood, in the press pitt in front of the Libertines, eek!

They were wearing green aviation jumpsuits, and the yellow strobe lighting was quite difficult to work with as a photographer.

Their set wasn’t as energetic as their younger days, but they were good! It was great to see Pete and Carl sharing a microphone, the familiarity of the songs and nostalgia gave me goosebumps.

Regan Thacker; Photographer and Coventry and Warwickshire Igers Admin.

Find her blog here.

Gifted; Sunday at the Coombe Weekender

I was really excited to be invited along to Coombe Weekender on Sunday 4th August.

Craig Charles

I had been eying up tickets ever since they announced that Craig Charles would be DJ-ing in the main stage. Followed by TopLoader who are a band who I always enjoyed hearing such hits as Achilles Heal and of course Dancing In the Moonlight which came out the year I was 16! As a Blogger I do pay for things, but decided that if I couldn’t get in for free, then I’d just miss out. Tickets were about £45 each for the Sunday, and I felt the two acts I wanted to see were not worth that amount of money. Continue reading

Igers Coventry and Warwickshire Group photo

Why I love Igers Coventry & Warwickshire, and you should too!

What does Igers mean?

Igers Coventry & Warwickshire logo
Instagramers Community logo

Igers is short for Instagramers. According to the Urban Dictionary, an Instagramer is someone who spends extremely long amounts of time on Instagram. Now, I can’t speak for my fellow admin or our Igers followers, but this could be a fairly accurate description of me. One thing that has always puzzled me though, should it be Instagramers or Instagrammers?

Grammatically and pronunciation-wise, I feel like it should be a double consonant to create a short ‘a’ vowel sound. Most websites and blogs tend to use the word Instagrammers with the double consonant. However, you will notice that all of the Instagram communities are called Instagramers of London or Instagramers of Madrid. I think this lack of a double consonant could be due to the fact that Igers Communities were established in Spain in 2011, where their first language is Spanish. Continue reading