Coventry’s Godiva Festival cancelled after ‘devastating’ rain

Echo And The Bunnymen, Cast and Maroon Town were due to headline the Coventry event

Godiva Festival, which was due to take place in Coventry this weekend, has been cancelled.

The festival, which was set to feature Echo And The Bunnymen, Cast and Maroon Town as its headliners, was cancelled this morning (June 29), with organisers citing “devastating weather conditions”.

According to local reports, freak weather conditions including heavy rain, thunderstorms and large hailstones hit the festival’s site yesterday (June 28), with over 30mm of rain falling in the space of three hours across the morning and lunchtime.

The organisers of the event, which is free and hosted by Coventry Council, tweeted the news that the festival was cancelled, but that the planned Olympic torch relay will still take place, writing: “Godiva 2012 has been cancelled. Really sorry, but finally beaten by devastating weather. Torch Relay event is still on.”

This is the second time in a week that a major event has been scuppered by adverse weather conditions. Last Sunday (June 24), Paul Weller‘s Live From Jodrell Bank was pulled after heavy rainfall made the site unsafe to the public.