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.