MotoFest Coventry revs up for final weekend with full music and events programme
MotoFest Coventry is serving up a music menu to suit all tastes for its finale weekend with an eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed headliners and local talent taking centre stage at the festival.
The MotoFest Drive In show on Saturday 7th August, doors open at 7pm for a 7,30pm start, is an exciting Drive In show on the Nexus ICA Stage, in Millennium Place. It will feature MOBO nominated Sandra Godley, Coventry singer and songwriter Rob Halligan, who has toured extensively around the world as a solo performer and worked with 80s band Wet Wet Wet’s guitarist Graeme Duffin.
They will be joined on the evening line-up by UK Folk legends The Longest Johns, who’s track WellerMan has become a viral sensation. Other guests include Coventry legend, the Selector’s Pauline Black, The Zodiacs and musicians from the Coventry indie music scene.
As well as the music programme, there will be guest interviews and some of Coventry’s finest vehicles – past, present and future plus plenty of laughs for all the family. Tickets are available in advance or on the gate with details on the events available at https://bit.ly/MotoFest-Month2021
In the afternoon of 7th and 8th August, there is a packed music line up, featuring local Coventry bands and musicians.
In addition to the MotoFest Drive In Show, there will also be special Drive In screenings of the new BBC commissioned documentaries – Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry, and Coventry Cathedral: Building for a New Britain – all celebrating Coventry’s contribution to Culture.
Both of the BBC documentaries will be screened in Millennium Place, Coventry on the evenings of 4th and 5th August, both days and will be free to attend by registering in advance at https://bit.ly/BBCDrivein.
Following on from the BBC documentaries, there will be the MotoFest Film Festival, taking place on the afternoon and evening of 6th August in Millennium Place and the evening of the 7th August in the Coventry Cathedral Ruins.
For the MotoFest Film Festival, there will be an exclusive screening of both Disney’s Cars and the Blues Brothers on the 6th August, tickets are available in advance or on the gate with details on the events available at https://bit.ly/MotoFest-Month2021
A special screening of The Italian Job, organised in partnership with Flatpack Festival as part of CineCov, will take place in the Coventry Cathedral Ruins, with more details available at https://bit.ly/CineCov.
On Sunday 8th August, ELO guitarist, Dave Scott Morgan will be headlining the free Hope at MotoFest event with his band, along with Rob Halligan and the Psalm Live Worship experience. Organised by Coventry Churches and Hope Coventry, the event takes place in Millennium Place and starts at 6pm.
The entertainment extravaganza will take place across MotoFest Coventry’s new format for the 2021 festival. For this year, MotoFest Coventry will switch from its traditional date on the first weekend in June, to a new ‘MotoFest Month 2021’ programme, stretched out across three individual MotoFest Coventry weekends, from 17th July to 8th August 2021.
James Noble, MotoFest Coventry Festival Director, said: “We are delighted at the return of MotoFest Coventry in 2021.
“Following two successful weekends in July, getting us off the starting grid, we now head into the final lap with a full schedule of events and activities.
“The MotoFest Drive In Show is the culmination of a series of Drive In activities offering something for everyone that begin mid-week and ends across the two days of our final festival weekend.
“With the MotoFest Car Weekend showcasing classic cars and modern and modified vehicles, alongside the 125-year anniversary of the city’s famous Riley manufacturer brand and our MotoFest Heroes Hour parade, it’s all set to be a fitting finale to this year’s MotoFest Coventry festival.”
The final weekend on 7th and 8th August is the MotoFest Car Weekend, celebrating both the old and the new, with classic cars over 30 years old and Modern Modified, modern classics and modified cars under 30 years old, on display across the City Centre.
For the classic car lovers, there will be a dedicated display area in Broadgate and surrounding areas of the City Centre with a showcase of hundreds of classic vehicles.
As well as displays, there will be a special 125-year anniversary celebration of the city’s famous car and bicycle manufacturer brand, Rileys, with an array of festivities planned to mark the occasion.
The Modern Modified, modern classics and modified cars under 30 years old, will feature a Modern Modified Show and Shine competition and an evening display titled ‘MotoFest Underground’.
On Sunday 8th August, the new MotoFest Heroes Hour parade will celebrate the local unsung heroes of the pandemic, chosen through a public nomination process. These amazing individuals will be taken on a special parade through Coventry and feature the Ecto1 car from the Ghostbusters film, a flanked escort of American Police cars and a military vehicle
Following the parade, Ecto1, the American Police cars and military vehicle will all park up as part of the Modern Modified Car display in and around the former Ikea Multi storey Car Park.
MotoFest Coventry is dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, taking place in 2021 across three weekends in July and August as part of the new MotoFest Month 2021 schedule.
As the largest free motoring festival in the UK, it brings live motorsport, including dynamic motorsport displays, classic and modern vehicles, and the cutting edge of automotive innovation right into the heart of the UK’s Motor City, free for everyone to enjoy across three weekends. For more details visit https://www.coventrymotofest.com/motofest-month-2021/.