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COVEN­TRY may have to wait un­til 2021 be­fore it of­fi­cially be­comes UK City of Cul­ture but the party is start­ing this year with an amaz­ing line-up of events planned.

There is pretty much some­thing or ev­ery­one and here we have put to­gether a list of some of the ma­jor attractions in the city though­out 2018.

In­ter­na­tional star Billy Ocean is among a star-stud­ded line-up of 80s mu­sic artists that will per­form at Coven­try’s Eric­s­son In­door Arena this sum­mer.

The con­cert, called 80s Live, will per­form at the Ri­coh Arena’s in­door venue on Satur­day, June 16 2018. Other artists set to grace the stage in­clude Five Star, Roland Gift – Fine Young Can­ni­bals and Blow Mon­keys plus Alexan­der O’Neal. 80s Live is be­ing pro­moted by Mid­lands­based en­ter­tain­ment agency One Mu­sic Man­age­ment.

Ian Rogers, from One Mu­sic Man­age­ment, added: “We are very ex­cited to be work­ing to­gether with Ri­coh Arena to bring some of the finest 80s artists to the Mid­lands and re­live one of the most mem­o­rable decades of mu­sic.”

Yes, you read that right. They’re one of the big­gest bands on the planet and they’re com­ing to the Ri­coh Arena on June 2.

They’ll be bring­ing their No Fil­ter tour to the city this sum­mer as they play shows across the UK and Europe.

In a sum­mer of spec­tac­u­lar events, this one truly is the ic­ing on the cake.

Liam Gal­lagher, Stereo­phon­ics, Snow Pa­trol, Billy Ocean, Nigel Kennedy, El­iza Carthy and the Way­ward Band, and The BBC Con­cert Or­ches­tra are al­ready an­nounced for the event at the War Memo­rial Park in Coven­try. May 27-28

As part of their 20th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, they an­nounced a huge sum­mer out­door tour – Sum­mer of Steps – which will see them per­form at out­door venues all over the UK, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance at the Butts Park Arena. They will be joined by Aqua and hit boy­band Blue. Sun­day, June 24.

Tom Clarke is back in Coven­try in May as part of his Acous­tic tour 2018 at the Em­pire on Satur­day May 19. When he re­leased dates for the tour, he wasn’t com­ing to Coven­try, but he did prom­ise a date for mid 2018 – and he did not dis­ap­point.

Plans are be­ing made to take the 2018 event, con­firmed as 2–3 June, to the next level. Or­gan­is­ers of the UK’s largest free ur­ban mo­tor­sport fes­ti­val have re­vealed an es­ti­mated 130,000 vis­i­tors at­tended the two-day fes­ti­val in 2017.

Coven­try’s Go­diva Fes­ti­val is to be pushed back to­wards the end of the sum­mer in what is shap­ing-up to be a busy sum­mer of mu­sic for the city.

Coven­try City Coun­cil, the or­gan­iser of the an­nual free fes­ti­val, said the timetable change was due to the fact there is so much go­ing on in the city.

An un­be­liev­able 179,000 peo­ple went to Go­diva Fes­ti­val 2017.

It has been con­firmed the 20th an­niver­sary event will take place in the War

Memo­rial Park from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 2, with Ro­nan Keat­ing an­nounced as the first head­line act ear­lier this week.

The three-day event in War Memo­rial Park was head­lined by The Stran­glers, Ex­am­ple and The Dark­ness.

Two leg­ends of rock are set to team up for a mam­moth gig in Coven­try – Sim­ple Minds and The Pre­tenders are con­firmed to be play­ing at Butts Park Arena, on Satur­day Au­gust 18.

If that wasn’t big enough, they will also be joined by spe­cial guest KT Tunstall. Ap­pear­ing on stage to­gether for the first time since Live Aid, in 1985, the gig prom­ises to be his­toric, with a huge cat­a­logue of smash hits be­tween them.

They are set to per­form in Coven­try as part of their GRANDSLAM 2018 tour, which sees them head­ing across the coun­try at a num­ber of out­door venues in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

For the 90s kids around town, a mam­moth gig to cel­e­brate the pop mu­sic of 1990s will also be held at the Ri­coh Arena fea­tur­ing Peter An­dre, 5IVE, East 17, Booty Luv and Big Brovaz. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13

Coven­try is gear­ing up for the first ma­jor event fol­low­ing win­ning the ti­tle of UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

Award-win­ning Theatre Ab­so­lute will be host­ing the UK’s first ever Shop Front Fes­ti­val on Fri­day and Satur­day March 23 and 24 2018 – bring­ing the magic of theatre, mu­sic, vis­ual arts and live per­for­mances to un­usual venues across the city.

The in­no­va­tive two-day fes­ti­val will bring the cre­ative arts to the city streets, with popup per­for­mances tak­ing place across the city cen­tre and op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of the pub­lic to take to the stage.

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