Godiva Festival 2020 was set to take place this weekend – before the coronavirus pandemic saw the event cancelled.
Though the cancellation does not come as a surprise, it is still a big blow to music fans, as the region has lost one of its highest profile and accessible events.
No longer a free festival, it still represents an opportunity to see big name musicians at a reasonably low price of admission.
And if that isn’t enough, many of the lesser known acts at the time have gone on to big big things – which shows the value of turning up to see the early acts of the day.
And while this year’s event is no longer going ahead, we’re taking a trip down memory lane, and looking at five of the biggest acts to take to the stage at Godiva Festival in the last decade.
Of course, big is subjective, and some of you might think that acts like Ronan Keating or The Charlatans are bigger than any acts that we feature below.
Feel free to disagree, and let us know what acts you think are the biggest to grace the stage on our dedicated Facebook pages below.
We kick things off with the most recent headliner to perform at Godiva – Busted.
Closing the show on the Sunday of 2019, Busted reminded us of the mid-2000 glory days of pop rock.
Thousands of people flocked to the main stage at War Memorial Park where Charlie, Matt and James played their hits, belting out the catchy choruses that we may have forgotten for years.
Some of their newer songs fell a little flat, but the classics were well received by all.
And it is fair to say that the sunny weather helped.
Coventry 2-tone royalty, The Selecter have appeared at the festival on more than one occasion (and even performed the same field when the BBC Biggest Weekend came to town), and are a treat to watch every single time.
Most recently performing in 2019, Pauline Black, Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson and co brought a real energy to the main stage, reeling off hit after hit.
Active on and off for decades, the group has a huge global following, but no sight is more special than seeing the group in front of their hometown crowd.
Hopefully, Godiva Festival will be back in 2021, and if so, there’s very few acts we’d like to see more than The Selecter.
Frank Iero and the Future Violents
Rounding off our 2019 offerings, this is a bit of a left field selection, but a big name in his own right.
Headlining the Rock Tent on the Friday night, Frank Iero’s solo project was literally rocking – to the extent that it could be heard from the front of the main stage.
Probably best known as the rhythm guitarist for My Chemical Romance, Frank is part of one of the biggest emo bands ever.
Since impressing us at Godiva, Frank has joined his MCR bandmates in reuniting – though their return show in the UK at Milton Keynes was postponed due to the pandemic.
Rearranged for 2021, it is one of the most hotly anticipated gigs of the year.
Scouting for Girls
They might not be to everyone’s taste, but Scouting for Girls are a bit of a later Busted – releasing catchy pop rock tunes from the mid 2000s onwards.
The London based band headlined the festival in 2016, having released four successful albums by that time.
With thousands stood in front of the stage watching, the band certainly delivered, with our reviewer declaring the set “the highlight of another exceptional Godiva Festival”.
If you thought those words were lofty, the strength of the setlist backs up the bold claims.
The music may not be the most complicated, but hits like This Ain’t A Love Song and She’s So Lovely got the seal of approval from the crowd.
To celebrate the festival’s 20th year, organisers went big – bringing in Jake Bugg to headline the Friday night of the festival.
After all, what says big name star quite like an artist who has literally been the shirt sponsor for a football team?
Bugg burst onto the scene in 2012 with his self-titled album, which charted at number one.
And while he was spotted at bigger festivals at his peak, he proved to be worth the wait for Coventry, wowing crowds with his performance at Godiva Festival 2018.
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