Music Month 21 June – 21 July 2019
Coventry has always been a Music City, from the big sound systems of the 80s to the carnivals, rave culture, orchestras and a wealth of jazz, folk, pop and world sounds. We’re a city that has it’s own soundscape, and it’s here on your doorstep!
Music Month is a new campaign, which has been created to throw a spotlight on the talent and creativity from Coventry, as well as highlight the city’s venues and festivals.
It begins and ends with a feature on communities and local talent, starting on Making Music Day on 21 June and finishes with International Busking Day, featuring a range of performances across the city giving local musicians the chance to showcase their talent.
This summer we start our journey of putting Coventry’s music, attitude and spirit of activism on the world stage ahead of 2021. Join us.
International Busking Day – 20 July
Coventry Music Network – 28 June
After a pilot of six events throughout 2014-2015, The Tin Music and Arts is pleased to announce they will be relaunching Coventry Music Network.
Coventry Music Network is a series of events run by The Tin Music and Arts and funded by PRS for Music Foundation with the aim of supporting local musicians and improving links between venues and artists across the city. As well as talks by panels of industry experts, both local and national, the network aims to give artists an opportunity to learn about the business side of the music industry, network with other artists and find out about opportunities.
They are currently working on plans for a CMN website which will host a local performers directory, gig listings, and industry directory. We are also working gig exchanges with other cities so watch this space!
Godiva Festival (5 – 7 July), 2021 takeover with the London Mela at Godiva Festival 7 July
In the build-up to our year in the spotlight, we’ve joined forces with the team behind the London Mela to bring Coventry some of the best Desi music from across the country. We hope you enjoy our takeover in the Rhythm Tent on Sunday, remember to use the hashtag #ThisisCoventry to share your experience of the day with us!
A celebration of the spectrum of music created, inspired or influenced by British Asian communities. From Bollywood to Bhangra, from Qawwali to Reggae and from Grime and Hip Hop to Folk-Electronica.
What does Desi mean?
In the UK, Desi communities are British Asian communities whose heritage hails from Indian sub-continent. Desi is a term that belongs to all of those communities, no matter if they are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Nepal or from the global diaspora. The UK Desi scene has created a unique fusion culture of art, fashion, food and above all music, which we celebrate in all its glorious diversity in the Rhythm Tent line up on Sunday.
Sunday 7 July Rhythm Tent – Godiva Festival
Afro Celt Sound System
The Great British Desi Collaboration featuring F1rstman, Raxstar, Juggy D, Mumzy Stranger and H-Dhami
Hype & Fever
Chand Ali Khan
DJ Jeevan B & Sunit Music (hosting)
1.55pm (Main Stage)
Take the Square – 13 July – SOLD OUT
Take the Square – University Square, Coventry, CV1 5FB
Saturday 13 July
🔥 #TAKETHESQUARE – This summer’s hottest FREE party comes to Coventry. Curated by the city’s own artists Skatta and Sibby. 🔥
Bringing huge names in Grime, R&B and UK Hip-Hop to kick off the season, bringing YOUR holiday soundtrack to Coventry’s University Square on 13 July.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Ms Banks
Skatta & Y-ETizm
This event is now SOLD OUT.
International Busking Day 20 July
We’re bringing International Busking Day to Coventry’s streets on 20 July as part of the annual, global celebration of street performance and busking.
Performers from around the world take part wherever they are and join the party on social media as we share pictures and messages from over 50 countries.
Applications for performers as part of International Busking Day
The team at International Busking Day are looking for performers to be part of the Coventry’s International Busking Day celebration on Saturday 20 July. You might be a regular busker or you might not have busked before and want to give it a go – we want to hear from you! Specially selected Coventry city locations will host busking pitches and performers can showcase their talents for audience donations. You don’t even have to own an amp as one of our International Busking Day partners, Roland, will supply each location with a quintessential busking amp – Roland Cube Street Ex. All performers selected to take part will receive a £50 contribution to their hat to start them off.
Coventry’s International Busking Day 2019 event is open to solo performers aged 14yrs and over, whatever musical style, from classical to country, folk to pop and everything in between.
This is an opportunity to showcase your music talent with a real busking vibe. No stage or fancy equipment – just you and your music. All artists need to make sure they’re completely portable and can perform in a stripped back, lo-fi fashion.
Artists selected to take part in the event will get the chance to perform at specially chosen city locations. Each pitch will have support from one of our International Busking Day Event Managers and will be equipped with a Roland Cube Street Ex battery-powered amp and a mic and mic stand. Artists will need to supply their own instrument and any leads.
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