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Assembly Festival Garden to return to Coventry in the spring


The Assembly Festival Garden will return to Coventry in the spring having proved to be a huge hit.

The curtain comes down at the venue on Thursday, September 30, with a performance from RuPaul’s Drag race star Scaredy Kat aka Alex Clubb in the Piccolo spiegeltent, with a final weekend of music on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September.

Headline venue, Queen of Flanders, will close with a Coming Home gig for Hazel O’Connor and The Subterraneans on Sunday, 19 September.

And now, say the organisers, the venue will return to Coventry in the spring with a with a fresh new programme.

The Garden has been a big success as part of the City of Culture celebrations. It has played host to big acts in music, comedy, circus, and more. Highlights of the summer programme included the first English dates for musical hit Choir of Man, the return of international performers with the spectacular Circolombia, as well as one-off gigs for big names such as Neville Staple, Nish Kumar, Rob Beckett, and Hazel O’Connor.

The Garden was also at the centre at some of the most anticipated events of the summer – with live outdoor screenings of the European football championships, Ed Sheeran’s exclusive performance at the HMV Empire, and the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, which saw audiences in the Garden feature on national TV.

It has also played host to series of community events including Pride and Motofest.

More than 80,000 tickets have been issued and feedback from Coventrians has been overwhelmingly positive - 90 per cent of visitors said their experience at the venue was good, and 81 per cent said it had improved their perceptions of Coventry.