Festivals

A new one-day festival bringing together music, comedy, cabaret, magic and art, London's Victoria Park hosts the event in July.

World-class acts and Edinburgh previews in south London comedy mainstay, the Bedford. 

Bath Comedy Festival was started in 2008 by Alex Timms.

The last big hurrah of the summer festival season, Bestival is famous for it's own unique brand of fantasy frivolity held annually on the Isle of Wight.

Founded in 2001 by Dave Freak, the Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing attention to the city's vibrant (and often unsung) comedy scene when the debut festival hit the road running

A small number of gigs held over a month-long period. Last year's line-up saw Freddie Starr, Alan Davies, Jimmy Carr, Stewart Francis, and Roy Chubby Brown head to the town. 

Big-name comedy offering, featuring stars such as Ross Noble, Kevin Bridges, Mark Watson and Greg Davies.

Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in the UK and what makes it exceptional is that it is set in a city with a unique heritage that has set the pace, diversity, creativity and innovative t

A tightly-programmed weekend of stand-up - 2011 saw 28 shows across four venues on four nights, with a lot of Edinburgh previews on.

The Camden Crawl is the first signal of summer for the city's hipster kids. While music still leads the line-up, the comedy component is no slouch.

Camp Bestival is a British music festival, the 'little sister' of Bestival, both organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank.

Think there's something strange about Scipmylo's name? Try flipping it around. That's right: this is an Olympics-linked festival, bringing culture to east London ahead of the Games touching down.

Cardiff Comedy Festival forms part of the annual Cardiff Festival, showcasing established, principally Welsh acts, Cardiff Comedy Festival also hosts the Welsh Unsigned Standup Awards to nurtu

Cheltenham attracts big names and programmes them into a dense and impressive line-up.

Absolute Radio are running the comedy tent at the MOR music festival.

 

It's a remarkably long line-up for 2012, compered by Jarred Christmas and DJ Christian O'Connell.

 

Walpole Park plays host to five shows over five nights, each packed with a host of big-name acts. 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe) is the world’s largest arts festival.

Kendal's own comedy festival starts enough like a regular comedy festival, pulling in big names to the Brewery Arts Centre to perform for holidaygoers.

Over fifty shows take place as part of Central Scotland's biggest comedy festival, attracting a mix of big names and comedy workshops since 2010.

Alternative dance music festival who are starting to consider their comedy options.

Glasgow leads with big names - 2012 saw Michael Winslow, Doug Stanhope, Dara O'Briain and Ardal O'Hanlon take to the stage - along with a mix of mid-size acts and some of Glasgow's newest comedy pr

What is it with Wales and leafy comedy festivals? Machy opens the season; Green Man closes it.

Greenwich Comedy Festival is a week-long comedy extravaganza set in the beautiful grounds of the Old Royal Naval College on the banks of the Thames.

Sheffield has a long, proud comedy heritage with The Last Laugh Comedy Club being one of the longest running comedy clubs in the country.

Run since 2006, Hull's comedy festival pulls in big names to gigs over the course of a month.

Previous performers have included Jo Caulfield, Jenny Eclair, Jerry Sadowitz, Robin Ince, Simon Munnery and Patrick Monahan. A host of Scottish comedians also typically perform.

Based in Kendal but set around all the north Lakes, the Lakes Comedy Festival in 2011 pulled in Jon Richardson, Lucy Porter and James Redmond as its headliners.

Larmer Tree has been on the family festival calendar since 1990, and often sells out thanks to its stellar line-up.

The pioneering, award-winning festival bursts with the best from Music and the Arts; wander from Film to Music, Comedy to Literature, Theatre and Poetry.

Levity Festival is an annual festival in Peterborough which was founded in 2013.

 

Lincoln's own comedy festival may be small, but in the words of the Guardian, a 'lovingly crafted comedy feast'.

Run by charity the Liverpool Trust, the Liverpool Comedy Festival brings together big names with Edinburgh previews and the best of Edinburgh shows.

A two-pronged attack from charity LOCO, screening great comedy films and training the next generation of comedy film-makers.

Huge national festival of events to coincide with the Olympics touching down in London.

The first London Irish Comedy Festival launches this October and features a stellar line-up of top class and emerging Irish and London Irish comedians and musical comedy acts, including Andrew Maxw

 

Udderbelly has been such a huge success that 2012 sees it joined by a sister event, the London Wonderground, pulling in comedy, cabaret, music and theatre to London's South Bank.

A weekend of standup at the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, bringing festival favourites like Isy Suttie, Elis James, John Richardson and Josie Long to an unlikely spot.

The Manchester Comedy Festival was founded in 2001 by The Comedy Store's Don Ward.

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Selling itself as a festival to let you see comedians from off the telly, the 2012 line-up included  Dan Antopolski, Tom Deacon, Carl Donnelly, Jarred Christmas and Milton Jones.

Two weeks of established and new acts at the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts.

With a strong focus on the North East's biggest comedians, Newcastle Gateshead has rescheduled itself to July to pick up comedians' shows before they go to Edinburgh, often in big-name double heade

You know you're getting a cool music festival when you're dealing with the same guys who brought you End of the Road, but No Direction Home also has a notable comedy section contributing to events.

Nottingham has had its own comedy festival since 2009, run by Helen Stead and Rachel Greensmith.

Big-name acts drop in to Reading as part of the month-long festival, mainly held at the Hexagon.

2012 acts include Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies, Greg Davies, Joan Rivers and Kevin Bridges.

While the line-up is headed by music rather than comedy (although given that Mumford & Sons are headlining the first name they're arguably managing both), there's some solid stand-ups on displa

Five days of improvised fun. 

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Southport pulls in big names and also runs a new comedian competition. Previous acts have included Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Andy Parsons, Ed Byrne and Lee Nelson.

One-day festival in the seaside town. 2012 saw Dan Antopolski, Steve Best, Matt Rudge and Nick Page join in the bargain show.

Entering its fourth year in 2012 providing comedy in an upside-down purple cow, Udderbelly brings together a stellar line-up to London's South Bank. 

The intellectual line-up at Wilderness is largely under wraps so far, but there's always some degree of comedy and entertainment chucked in there too: we know

Touted as a blend of the Big Chill, Womad and the Cambridge Folk Festival, Wychwood brings a folk-skewed approach to the family festival.