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Desmond Dekker coup for Godiva Festival; SUMMER MUSIC: 6Os chart-topper to headline city's all-star show in the park.

Byline: By Dayle Crutchlow

LEGENDARY Jamaican star Desmond Dekker is to star at Coventry's Godiva Festival.

Dekker, famous for his hit song The Israelites, will headline the Rhythm Tent at the War Memorial Park on Friday July 14, it was announced today.

The addition of the 64-year-old reggae and ska legend was today hailed as a coup for the three-day music festival. The news came as Coventry's jazz festival opened in the city centre this afternoon.

Indie favourites The Cooper Temple Clause have also been added to the Godiva Festival bill on the main stage on Saturday, July 15.

The Fratellis, Blackbud, This Is Seb Clarke, Milk Kan, Linear and The Enemy will also join American rock giants Mercury Rev and Leamington chart-toppers Nizlopi on the main stage on Saturday.

And local funk band Decatone have been named as the out-and-out winners of the G-Factor competition, joining the main stage Saturday bill.

Cult Leeds band Forward Russia have had to cancel their appearance.

The Cooper Temple Clause previously appeared at the Godiva Festival in 2001 and have scored a string of top 40 singles.

West Country trio Black-bud are tipped for big things and their Godiva appearance will follow a set at the 02 Wireless Festival in June.

This Is Seb Clarke are a critically acclaimed 12-piece enigma who blend Northern Soul and punk and have been compared to early Dexy's Midnight Runners or "The Clash with brass."

Milk Kan are a much-lauded south London anti-folk acoustic duo.

Linear and The Enemy are local bands who are making a huge impact nationally. A couple of other bands are still to be confirmed for the bill.

Promoter Rich Elms believes the line-up compares favourably to previous years. He said: "Bills aren't made on paper - they're made on stage, and I believe that this will be a really good line-up."


STILL GOING STRONG... Desmond Dekker, who is to star at the Godiva Festival in July and (left) back in the 60s when he made has mark in UK and US charts
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 25, 2006
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