Godiva Festival 2016, Coventry – Day 2, 2nd July 2016

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Day two of Godiva Festival 2016 started overcast and very much looking like we were in for another day of rain. Still the day had loads of highlights – too many to mention – and here are a few.

There was a local flavour early on with Tell Me I’m Pretty and Quarry defiing the gloom to start the  day, and fellow Coventry outfit The Session bringing their eclectic riffs to the main stage. The Godiva Festival regulars played a mixture of their own material with inspiration from Primal Scream and Fleetwood Mac, to a sizeable crowd on their first outing on the main stage. I’m sure it will not be the last.

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Punk Girls The Tuts were very pleasing to look at with colourful outfits which underpinend an array of fun and blinding musical abilities, lots of noise and catchy lyrics.

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Three piece Post Punk Ravens from Coventry took to the main stage. Drummer Cyrielle making sure she was the centre of attention taking off her sunglasses and smashing them while beating those drums. The crowd cheered  them on showing they have some local support as they ran through a set including The Siren and the Death Of Me as well as their recently released single Capture.

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The Society provided a stage load of players, all looking to get the crowd moving. The certainly succeeded and added to the pundits opinion that they may be the next big thing to come out of Coventry.

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I was witing in anticipation for one of the most exciting live bands of the festival, The Subways. These guys are festival veterans and having appeared at more than one hundered international events they are nothing short of experts in getting the crowd going. By the time they ended woth Let’s Go Crazy  and Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen it was clear they were in danger of stealing the show.

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Scruffy Indie Kids  Mystery Jets brought us a loud booming performance with the best crowd we had seen so far for the main stage. They opened with  Telomere from their latest 2016 album, Curve of the Earth. The set was heavily reliant on their latest album but older hits like Serotonin sstill sounded fantastic.

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Over in the Rhythm tent we had London based Yungen, star of the  iTunes charts  sold out shows, having toured previously with Krept & Konan. His opening mixes of Oops a Daisy raised the roof.

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As usual The Charlatans brought with them an atmosphere that was one of pure joy and delight, with Tim Burgess on top form, effortlessly movign through the hits such  as Weirdo , One to Another and The Only One I Know.

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Come Home Baby and How High finished a great performance and day Two of the Godiva Festival 2016 and saw all the fans wander off happy.

Could it be even better on Day Three? Watch this space for more coverage.


Words and photographs: Chris Bowley

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