Cast to headline 2012 Godiva Festival

By Matthew Bates 08/05 Updated: 09/05 10:34

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NINETIES favourites Cast are set to headline this year's Godiva Festival, it has been announced.

The band, which reformed two years ago, will perform on Saturday night at the annual festival.

The Liverpool quartet were regular visitors to the chart's top ten with hits such as Alright, Sandstorm and Flying. And front man John Power will feel right at home at the festival as he is joined by fellow Merseysiders Echo and the Bunnymen - who will headline on the Friday - and 90s group Space.

Other acts confirmed include The View, Pigeon Detectives, Russian Gun Dogs as well as Warwickshire group Coves.

The Rhythm tent will also host a feast of urban acts from the likes of Skepta, P Money and Dot Rotten to name but a few, as well as a DJ set from Specials legend Neville Staple.

The UK's biggest free, three-day festival, is celebrating its 15th year. Last year saw over 120,000 people attend - a new record.

This year’s festival will take place from June 29 to July 1 July in War Memorial Park, with the much-loved family focused on combining music, arts and entertainment.

Sunday will wind the event down with a world music feel, culminating in the Olympic Torch being taken to the venue on its route to the city from Kenilworth.

And Godiva Unsigned will feature local artists, giving them the chance to showcase their talents to a new audience and battle to win the right to perform on the main stage on Saturday night.

The Comedy tent is also back with Matt Rees, Pippa Evans as Loretta Maine and Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue all compered by Jim Smallman.

Council leader John Mutton said the festival was the jewel in the crown of Coventry's events calendar.

"Last year, despite the works which were taking place in and around the park, we still managed to attract record crowds over the weekend, which just goes to prove how overwhelmingly popular this free family event continues to be.

"The council has worked extremely hard over the years to create an award winning festival and we are committed to continuing delivering this event, building on the excellent work that has already been put in."

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