This Godiva Festival article was written by Simon Bull, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.

Indie legends The Charlatans are the first act announced to play this year’s Godiva Festival in Coventry, along with Mystery Jets.

The free festival, now in its 18th year, will run from July 1st to July 3rd at Coventry’s War Memorial Park.

Saturday is traditionally the biggest draw for crowds, with last year seeing The Wombats and Don Broco headlining, and Slaves headlining the smaller Rhythm Stage on the Friday night.

Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans, said: “We’re really looking forward
to playing Godiva Festival. Coventry has always been a great place to play for us – I was listening to Lady Godiva’s Operation by the Velvet Underground when we were asked to play. It was a sign that it’s going to be a good night.”

Godiva Festival is named after Coventry’s famous former inhabitant Lady Godiva. It first appeared as a day-long event in 1997 and became a three-day event the following year.

The Charlatans and Mystery Jets to play Godiva Festival