Coventry MotoFest 2015
Organisers of Coventry Motofest have announced that they are to no longer go ahead with their Friday and Saturday night concerts in the city centre.
The Friday night performance of the Opera Carmen at Coventry Cathedral and the Saturday concert set to feature The Stranglers, Reef and Toseland, featuring former world superbike champion James Toseland, have both been shelved due to lack of demand from motorsport fans.
The tickets sales for both concerts have been disappointing and with what appears to be little public support for a city centre opera event and headline concert, organisers have reluctantly agreed to call time on the two main paid for music events, having extensively marketed both.
Also as a result of the stage and PA system for the Saturday night headline concert no longer being in place, the free Ratpack swing music tribute concert set to take place on Friday night will also no longer go ahead.
James Noble, Motofest’s Festival Director, said: “We are extremely disappointed to have announce that the three main music concerts are not now going ahead.
“We had assembled a really great line-up which we thought would have provided fantastic evening entertainment, but it would seem that the appetite from the motorsport community in sufficient numbers for such music events is just not there.
“For those who did purchase tickets for the main concerts, we would like to apologise to them that the music events are not going ahead and Ticketmaster will refund fully, including the booking fee, after the bank holiday.
“The irony is that for the main Motofest event during the daytime, we are being inundated with inquiries and requests for information about what cars and events people are going to see over the weekend and we continue to have a very strong line-up of events for the motoring festival.
“We also understand that hotel and restaurant bookings in Coventry have increased for the weekend, which bodes well for attendance of the main Motofest event.
“Our learning from all of this is that people clearly want to see the cars, but not necessarily attend a music concert. The motoring side of the festival will continue over the weekend with all the fantastic cars and vehicles we have to showcase and this will remain true to its main aim as a celebration of the city’s rich motoring heritage.”
Coventry’s Motofest 2015 is a three-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place between Friday, May 29 and Sunday, May 31.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up racing and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events – an ‘Edinburgh Festival’ for cars, bikes and vehicles.