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Coventry’s SHOOT Festival Guide

Some of Coventry and Warwickshire's best-emerging musicians, dancers, poets, theatre-makers and visual artist will be showcasing their work at this four-day festival from Thur Apr 4 - Sun Apr 7.

Launched in 2014 by local theatre-makers Jennifer Davis and Paul O’Donnell, SHOOT Festival is a biennial event. This year’s is the biggest to date, with more artists, taking over more venues and featuring a brand new In Bloom strand. Here’s our pick of the weekend’s highlights:


Performance: In Bloom, Belgrade Theatre’s B2 Stage, Fri Apr 5

Susie Sillett

A triple-bill of new commissions from previous SHOOT Festival artists. In Never Mind the Horlicks – Tales of Punk Rock and 2-Tone, Nick Knibb combines hazy memories, poetry and narrative to reflect on his experience of growing up in the Midlands in the 1970s. Sebastian H-W’s Rebel’s Atlas charts the impact of urban regeneration on local residents through a multimedia documentary performance and Susie Sillett’s Cheetah Sisters considers the intricacies of inter-racial adoption, 7.45pm, coventryshootfestival


Sound Stage, The Bull Yard, Coventry Sat 6 April (Free)

Singer songwriter Elisha Esquivel

Nine artists will be performing various genres from glam rock, indie to delicate dream pop on the Sound Stage from 12.15pm – 7.30pm – a joint project between The Yard and The Tin Music and Arts. To see who’s playing check out the line-up here.


Performance programme at Shop Front Theatre, City Arcade, Coventry, Sat 6 April, 12.10pm – 7.30pm

Performances range from Colours of India by Sahaydri Friends, a fusion of folk, classical and Bollywood dance to Lauren Sheerman’s Soil Seed-living as a weed, an intimate examination of witches in British folklore. There’ll be a spellbinding mix of poetry, madcap humour, dance and  See What’s On here. Also look out for Imagineer and Media Mania’s family-friendly, interactive steampunk carousel Venture. 


Sound: In Bloom, a night of live music, The Tin Music and Arts, The Canal Basin, Coventry, Sun Apr 7, from 5pm

Callum Pickard

The Mechanicals

They Come for You in the Night

Performances by 3 genre-crossing local acts. The Mechanicals led by Wes Finch, are showcasing new music inspired by one of Coventry’s most famous poets, Philip Larkin. The group will take Larkin’s words and render them into song with fresh, folk, jazz and classical instrumentation. The set will also include a retelling of Larkin’s life by a talented company of actors. Young singer-songwriter Callum Pickard has created a daring and dynamic new set from his debut album. Collaborating with a multitude of local, national and international musicians he’s inspired by dream pop, traditional brass, woodwind and strings skilfully fused with electronica. What would the world look like if Egypt had remained a superpower since the time of the pharaohs? This is the question Coventry based duo They Come For You In The Night dares to ask. Singer/song-writer Alice Weston and multi-instrumentalist/sound engineer Daniel Faulkner have created a bed of thick synthesised lines and booming reverb-laden drums, combined with haunting melodies and projected visuals.

Tickets here


Art Exhibition: Other Worlds, Artspace Arcadia, CV1 3HW, Sat Apr 6 – 20

Untitled – 19 by Chidera Ugada, a Coventry based artist

Other Worlds brings together artwork by Michala Gyetvai, Michael Snodgrass and Chidera Ugada, the Shoot 2019 visual art prize winners.  The exhibition includes textiles, drawing and mixed media painting. Between 11am & 12pm on Saturday pop along for the exhibition launch and a Festival Bucks Fizz and meet the artists between 7.30pm & 8.30pm. Other Worlds is open Wed – Sat (12 – 4pm).


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