If music be the food of
love then revellers heading for Coventrys 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 citys 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 Britains 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, 60s soul show The Official Receivers
and Killer Queen.
Saturdays 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, whove remained on the cutting edge of dance music for a decade,
take the stage at 8.15pm to see in the darkness.
Meantime, theres 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 Coventrys
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