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Music For Lovers

If music be the food of love then revellers heading for Coventry’s free Godiva festival can expect to gorge themselves silly over the weekend of June 4 – 6.

Manchester dance masters 808 state head a line-up that feeds more than 20 solid hours of live bands into the city’s War memorial Park.

The mix is magic – Queen and Pink Floyd tribute bands, local up-and-comers in the indie, rock and pop fields, one of Britain’s biggest bhangra stars, Hungarian folk and German classics, African master drummers and didgeridoo.

The gig begins at teatime Friday 4 June with 5 hours of tribute classics from Dark Side of the Wall, Hendrix sound-alikes Stone Free, 60’s soul show The Official Receivers and Killer Queen.

Saturday’s main stage bill kicks off with locals Her Alibi (12.30pm) and moves on through Boiling Peter bread, Peculiar Sense of Vertigo, Eusebio, Swamp Donkey and Judy Speedway. 808 State, who’ve remained on the cutting edge of dance music for a decade, take the stage at 8.15pm to see in the darkness.

Meantime, there’s 10 hours of world music in the Rhythm Tent, featuring Dhol drummers, a Samba school, African master Sillah, tabla and didgeridoo.

Sunday goes from the Hungarian twin city folk band Csik Zenekar through the classical style of the Dresden based Heinrich-Schutz-Conservatory to local bands Easy Rider, Fat Rhino and Action Jackson.

Warwickshire-based up-and-comer Naomi takes the stage at 5.15pm before Coventry’s own Silinder Pardesi brings everything to a climax at 6.30. Meanwhile the Rhythm Tent goes progressive and experimental, with Wish, Manalyshi, The Grind Collective and Le Cod Afrique, to list just a few.

If music be the food of love….play on.

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