Assembly Garden will return to Coventry | Pop-up venue proves a hit © Dylan Parrin

Assembly Garden will return to Coventry

Pop-up venue proves a hit

It was intended as a City of Culture pop-up, but Assembly Festival Garden will return to Coventry next year after proving a hit with audiences.

More than 80,000 tickets have been issued for shows at the 800 -seat double-decker spiegeltent, and smaller 180-seat venue since they opened in July.

Comedy events there have included shows from Nish Kumar, Rob Beckett and Simon Munnery, whose farewell Alan Parker tour is playing there this weekend.

The venue will close on Thursday September 30 with a performance from RuPaul’s Drag race star Scaredy Kat aka Alex Clubb, but will then reopen in the spring.

Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: ‘We originally intended the Garden to be in the city for this Summer only but we’ve had such great feedback and have welcomed so many visitors that we’ve decided, with our partners at Assembly Festival, to bring it back in 2022.

William Burdett-Coutts, artistic director Assembly Festival added: ‘It has been incredibly gratifying to see the calls for the Assembly Festival Garden to remain in Coventry. The reaction from the public has been amazing. It will be a great pleasure to bring the site back next spring.’

Published: 16 Sep 2021

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