Safety our top pri­or­ity at Go­diva – or­gan­is­ers

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

THE or­gan­is­ers of Go­diva Fes­ti­val have moved to re-as­sure city res­i­dents ahead of the forth­com­ing three-day event in the War Memo­rial Park.

Now in its 19th year, the free Coven­try fes­ti­val will run from July 7 to July 9.

Last year saw a record 148,000 peo­ple flock to the fes­ti­val to see head­line acts The Boom­town Rats, The Char­la­tans and Scout­ing for Girls.

Thou­sands are ex­pected through the gates for the UK’s big­gest free-for-all mu­sic fes­ti­val.

In a state­ment is­sued by or­gan­is­ers on Face­book, rev­ellers are told: “Fol­low­ing re­cent, tragic events we have re­viewed our safety pro­ce­dures and this year we will be im­ple­ment­ing a strict search pol­icy for those en­ter­ing the Main Arena.

“Ev­ery­one will be searched on the gates, so please en­sure you ar­rive early and be pa­tient while searches are car­ried out.

“For this rea­son, we ask that you don’t bring large bags into the Main Arena with you.”

The height­ened se­cu­rity checks come just weeks af­ter a spate of ter- ror-re­lated at­tacks in the UK.

In Manch­ester, 22 peo­ple died when a sui­cide bomber det­o­nated an ex­plo­sive de­vice in the foyer of the city Arena dur­ing an Ari­ana Grande con­cert.

Or­gan­is­ers add: “Any­one found with any pro- hi­b­ited items such as drugs, weapons or al­co­hol will have their items con­fis­cated and high­lighted to the po­lice who will also be on­site.

“We want ev­ery­one who at­tends Go­diva Fes­ti­val to have a fan­tas­tic time, but safety is our top pri­or­ity.”

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