2018 Festival Fringe

Simon Shaw

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The 2018 Festival Fringe is packed with fantastic events with something for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday 29 April
The fringe begins with a funtastic Quiz organised by South Earlsdon Neighbours Association. Questions include general knowledge, a picture round, Earlsdon History (multiple choice answers), float or sink featuring vegetables (purchased locally of course!) and a very unique ‘Name That Tune’ round which will require audience participation and involves Kazoos! £5 per team (4 – 6 people ) – if possible please register in advance by emailing Jo at: or just turn up on the day. 2:45pm for a 3pm start and the venue is the fabulous Concert Room of the Albany Social Club, 10 Earlsdon Street.

Monday 30 April
Open Mic Music Night at Millsy’s Cafe Bar, 20 Earlsdon Street from 8pm

Tuesday 1 May
The Royal Oak, 22 Earlsdon Street, plays host to local Ukulele group “Earls of Uke” who have organised their very first public sing-along event. So even if you don’t have a Uke but love singing do pop along and join the fun. It takes place in the back-room and is free, 8pm-10:30pm. Age: 18+ Visit their fb page for more info and a link to a printable songsheet to help you practice for the night:

If you are a Sky Blues fan don’t miss the CCFC Quiz Night at the Albany Social Club (Concert Room) kindly organised by the Sky Blue Trust. Questions have been set by author and official CCFC historian Jim Brown and there will also be a film show by Dean Nelson ( of Coventry City Former Players Association ) plus a raffle. All proceeds are being donated to the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund which keeps alive the memory of Coventry City’s greatest manager through supporting community projects in the local area. Jimmy’s wife Bryony says “The Coventry City quiz is a lovely idea. I am proud that Jimmy’s name continues to work it’s magic in the city which was so close to his heart”
With the Sky Blues in contention for a play-off place this is sure to be a cracking evening. Teams of up to 4 people, £10 per team. 7.30pm start. Please register your team in advance by emailing Dave:  If you’d like to take part but don’t have a team just email Dave and he’ll fix you up with others in a similar position.

If you love traditional Irish music check out the Coventry Comhaltas session at The Hearsall Inn, 45 Craven Street, Chapelfields. Free entry, 8.30pm.

Wednesday 2 May
Ever fancied learning Ballroom or Latin Dance? Why not join a friendly class that will take place at The Albany Club, Concert Room.
7pm Beginners Class. 8pm Improvers Class. 9pm Practice. £6 per person. Suitable for beginners, couples & singles. For more information t: 07469 705363 or email: Website:

Thursday 3 May
The Earlsdon Poetry Extravaganza will take place at  The Royal Oak, (Back Room) from 7.30pm. Admission is by donation which will be given to Coventry Cyrenians. The line up includes: Matt Black – Leamington based author, performer and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Matt ‘man’ Windle – Birmingham’s Poet Laureate by day and professional boxer by night. Martin Brown – Award winning Coventry Poet, published author and time traveller. Emilie Lauren Jones – Coventry Writer / Poet / Performer / Workshopper and author of ‘Sitting on the Pier’. Adam Smith – Coventry Writer/Poet/Performer and all round wordsmith. Organised and hosted by Earlsdon’s own Nick Knibb aka The Archbishop – Poet in Residence at Coventry Music Museum.

Jazz lovers are in for a treat with the Alison Rayner Quintet in concert at The Albany Club, Concert Room. 8pm.
The evening will also feature a set from the Coventry Youth Jazz Orchestra at 7pm. Admission on the door is £12, students £6, Parents/Friends of CYJO £6.  To reserve tickets call Neil on 07811 203727. These must be collected before 7.45pm. Visit for more information.

Join the expert local historians of the Earlsdon Research Group for a guided walk around Earlsdon and learn more about the fascinating buildings and history of the area. Meet @ Earlsdon Methodist Church. 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Returning to the church where refreshments will be available, booklets for sale and you can view a superb photographic display. £3 per person.

Friday 4 May

If you love Soul music then don’t miss the Soul Junction gig at The Albany Club. The brilliant DJ Bryan Hopkinson will be playing the best of Motown and Northern Soul. Evening commences 8pm . Soul Junction on stage 9.30-11.00pm also late bar . Tickets £6 pre order from the Albany Club (ask at the bar) or £8 on the door on the night with 10% of takings going to the Earlsdon Festival fund.
Soul Junction on fb:

Saturday 5 May
Get sporty at the Tennis & Bowls Open Day at Spencer Park!, from 10am – 4pm and it’s free!
Tennis and Crown Green Bowls/Target Bowls sessions courtesy of Friends of Spencer Park & Albany Club Bowls. First come, first served. Great fun for all the family. Refreshments will be available from the pavilion and you can find out more about the community tennis club & future plans for the park. For more information please visit: and

Think you may have an antique or treasured item that could be the real deal? Bring it along to the Antiques Valuation Day at the Gilbert Richards Centre, Main Hall, Broadway. 10am – 4pm. Experts from Antiques of Earlsdon & Warwick Road Auction House will give you their opinion and valuation for just £1 per item. Money raised will be donated to Coventry & District Samaritans.

Irish eyes are sure to be smiling at the first ever Festival Irish Night which is being held at The Hearsall Inn, Craven Street. 7.30pm till late. With traditional Irish music from Coventry Comhaltas followed by the superb Michael Gallagher. Compèred by Simon McCarthy. Organised by The Hearsall Inn to raise awareness for the Coventry Irish Society

There’s another top music concert at The Albany Club, Concert Room with Teisha George & Funkytown, supported by a disco by Boz. Doors open 8pm.  Teisha shot to fame on “The Voice UK” and is Coventry’s Queen of Soul. Free Entry for Albany Club members, £3 for guests.

Over at Millsy’s it’s Saturday into Sunday from 8pm-2am featuring Soul, Pop and Dance Anthems. Free entry.

Sunday 6 May
Join Ray Wilson for A Walk In The Woods. Ray is the leader of the South Earlsdon Neighbours Association volunteers who have worked alongside Coventry Council’s woodland team to transform the woodland near Kenilworth Road over recent years. Ray will tell you all about this during a 1 hour guided stroll.  All welcome – including kids, students and dogs. Wear appropriate clothing / footwear. Will go ahead in the rain but not high winds. Meet 11am at the Drinking Fountain, Earlsdon Avenue South.

The 1970’s themed Cake Competition at The Royal Oak ( Back Room ) is sure to be one of the highlights of the fringe and children are welcome to join in. It was the decade that spawned Glam and Punk Rock, Space Invaders, hit movies such as Grease, Jaws and Superman, the Chopper bicycle, Space Hoppers, Bagpuss, Cov’s elephant shaped sports centre and so much more! Bring your inspired edible 1970’s homages to the back room of the Oak between 11:30am and 12 noon, with your name and list of ingredients. Judging will take place at 1pm and from 1.30pm the public will be welcome to eat slices of the entries in return for a donation to charity. Prizes will be awarded at 2.15pm. The three categories will be: Best Taste, Best Under-12’s and Best interpretation of theme.

The Subterraneans will bring the fringe to a close with their now traditional headline gig at The Albany Club. Doors open at 8pm.
They will have you singing & dancing along to covers of classic rock and pop anthems. Always one of the highlights of the festival fringe and tickets will sell out. They are £10 each and are available from behind the bar at the club or give D.C. a call on 07956 692375
For more info on The Subs visit their website:

* Festival Fringe events are not organised by the Earlsdon Festival. They are all organised by local community groups, individuals and venues – many thanks to all concerned. Unless stated otherwise, events at licensed premises are only for people aged 18+

Simon Shaw

Simon been involved with the festival since 2012, either helping organise or filming at the library. This year he is Coordinating the fringe events and social media. Simon is just about old enough to remember some of the 1970’s. Amateur videographer. Free to a good home.

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