Coventry MotoFest 2017
Coventry Motofest is set to serve up a massive music menu to suit all tastes as the festival hosts an eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed headliners and local up and coming talent.
In a festival first, visitors will be able to enjoy a free live Saturday night gig and to mark the occasion festival organisers have arranged two internationally acclaimed singer songwriters as the evening’s headline acts.
The American singer-songwriter Nell Bryden will top the bill and the native New Yorker – adopted by British audiences following a series of sensational festival performances and having successfully supported Gary Barlow in 2012/13 – is expected to provide a fantastic finale to the first day’s festivities.
Nell is an eclectic artist, with her songs drawing upon diverse influences rooted in rock, gospel, soul, folk, country and blues and she is already looking forward to captivating MotoFest goers with tracks from her recently-released studio album ‘Bloom’.
Nell said: “Nothing quite says British Summertime like the festival season. Coventry MotoFest is one of the first festivals in our diary for this summer, and I’ve never played it before so I’m thrilled to have been asked to headline this year!”
Supporting Nell on the Saturday night is Belfast singer-songwriter Brian Houston, a songwriter and performer who has shared stages with the likes of Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Chuck Berry and Elvis Costello.
Signed as a recording artist and songwriter with Capitol Records and Thank You Music, Brian is also an accomplished record producer and skilled recording engineer, who has worked on over 25 albums.
Joining the headline acts on the Saturday night bill is Coventry singer and songwriter Rob Halligan, who has toured extensively around the world as a solo performer as well as working with 80s band Wet Wet Wet’s guitarist Graeme Diffin, who played on and helped produce Rob’s Best Thing That Happened album.
As well as the sensational Saturday night bill, there will be a diverse range of acts playing across the festival weekend with Coventry bands such as Polaris, Tin Dog, The Waiting and The Session supplemented by regional performers including Birmingham singer and songwriter Nikki Rous, Rugby band Dead Frequency and Leicester singer and songwriter Mellow Baku.
James Noble, Coventry Motofest Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to announce Nell Bryden as our headlining music act at Coventry MotoFest 2017.
“Nell has already carved out her own niche in the music business and we are sure she will be a very popular headline act for Saturday night. With Brian Houston and Rob Halligan also on the Saturday night bill, it’s shaping up to be quite a night for our first Motofest evening live gig.
“The music programme across the festival weekend is the biggest we have ever had to offerwith our headliners supplemented by a great range of local and regional acts, all set play their part in the musical treat we are set to serve up for visitors to the festival.”
As with 2016 the Broadgate and Greyfriars Green locations will be sponsored and managed by Coventry radio station Radio Plus 101.5FM (www.radioplus.org.uk) and supported by One Nation Studios, (www.onenationstudios.com). For 2017 BBC Coventry and Warwickshire will provide the music on the Broadgate stage on Sunday afternoon.