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The 2003 Godiva Festival in pictures

Godiva Festival 2003
Revellers having it large, in some rather fetching outfits
Remind yourself what a good time was had at the 2003 Godiva Festival and see if we caught you on camera while we were out and about.

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From the moment the weather forecasters warned of heavy rain over the weekend of the Godiva Festival, it was clear it was going to be a typical English festival weekend!

What wasn't typical, however, was the atmosphere. Although the emphasis was on music, there was more than enough to attract families and the young-at-heart to join the revelry around the city.
The Gods were, however, kind in the most part and although there was little in the way of blazing sunshine, the showers were not enough to keep people at home and a fine weekend's fun was had by all.

Naturally, we were on site with the camera so see if we captured you or your mates for posterity by viewing our galleries. To launch them, just click on the IMAGES buttons below.

 
Kicking off in style
 
The three-day festival kicked off on Friday, with the first of some very popular music events at the park.

There were sweet soul sounds in the main tent, in the shape of Heatwave and Charles Walker, while the Colosseum Local Bands arena packed them in on the other side of the festival site.


 
Sunshine dawn
 
By the time Saturday arrived, nerves about inclement weather disappeared with a dawn of early summer sunshine and the famous Godiva procession was able to snake from the city centre to the Memorial Park accompanied by cheering crowds and not a parade of umberallas!

 Godiva Festival 2003
Festival-goers enjoy the sunshine and a beer!
The sun helped to attract mass crowds to the Memorial Park, in readiness of a fine evening's musical entertainment and a day of superb family fun.

The Fools' Paradise arena, featuring acrobats and comedic acts, was very popular and the only complaint was that the curtain had come down too early!

The fairground, as ever, proved a popular draw, but the main arena, with acts like the Devil's Horseman, was incredibly popular, especially with the children at the park.

The most popular activity, however, was sitting on the grass and watching the world go by, with a case of beers at hand!

 
Evening's entertainment
 
The music tents were again hugely popular and though the headliners in the main tent - Shed Seven - were a little predictable compared to last year's acts, no one could doubt the quality of the whole day's entertainment.

As well as a complement of top local bands - including the noisy but brilliant Thoria - there was the 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, who attracted a crowd to match their recently amassed following.

 Godiva Festival 2003
There were plenty of smiles in the sunshine
The highlight, though, came in the shape of the superb - and off-his-head - Har Mar Superstar, the very essence of 80s electro-pop and mad as a box of snakes!

Across the way, there was some great stuff going on in the hip hop arena and the MC contest threw up some very interesting sounds!

 
Saturday's Gallery
 
For pictures from Saturday at the festival, click on the Images button below to launch the Gallery.

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Rhythm and Motors!
 
Sunday dawned a little more blustery, but that did not stop scores of enthusiasts and their vehicles turning up for the Godiva Motorcade.

A procession of cars, their owners and friends, made their way around the city and Warwickshire, before returning to the park to provide a huge mobile motor museum!

 Godiva Festival 2003
A family enjoys Sunday at the festival
The flavour of Sunday's festival was far more chilled than on previous days and this was reflected in the afternoon's tunes.

The folk tent was very popular, with local band Meet on the Ledge topping the bill.

Sounds from around the world came alive in the EcoRhythmClub tent, where visitors had a chance to have a go at some African drumming.

 
Sunday's Gallery
 
To see pictures from Sunday at the festival, click on the IMAGES button below.

Remember to keep coming back to this page as more pictures from the weekend will be added.

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