The sixth annual London Podcast Festival is back at the UK’s home of live podcasting, Kings Place London, from 2nd – 12th September.
Taking place in front of a live audience – with many events also streaming online – the festival brings together the community of podcast listeners and creators in a unique celebration of this flourishing artform.
Whether your lockdown podcast favourites have been comedy, documentary, culture, society, audio drama, history, true crime, sex and relationships, or chat shows, this is a chance to be in the audience for special live editions of your favourites, discover your new must-listen, and meet the voices behind some of the biggest podcasts in the country.
Tickets to all events (both in-person and digital streaming) are available now at www.kingsplace.co.uk. The London Podcast Festival is produced by Kings Place London and supported by Acast, Spotify and BBC Sounds.
To find out what Zoë Jeyes, festival programmer and Deputy Director of Kings Place, is looking forward to this weekend, check out our interview!
See some of your favourite podcasters, including Helen Zaltzman with The Allusionist, Danny Robins with The Battersea Poltergeist, Rubina Pabani and Poppy Jay from Brown Girls Do It Too, Sofie Hagen and Dr Julia Shaw of the BBC Sounds true crime show Bad People and Kym Oliver & Jumoke Abdullahi of The Triple Cripples.
There will also be live shows with celebrity quests, include Mark Gatiss in From Queer To Eternity, Himesh Patel in Nikesh Shukla’s Brown Baby Podcast, The Chase’s Jenny Ryan leading an interactive quiz with Lucy Porter in Fingers On Buzzers, Nina Conti offering very unqualified relationship advice as part of Richard and Greta and Sanjeev Bhaskar performing in David Reed’s hilarious improvised parody of serious podcasts on the comedian’s art Inside the Comedian.
(A full list of the podcast line-up can be found at the bottom of the article).
New Events for 2021
For anyone inspired to give podcasting a go themselves, the Podcast Maker Weekend runs from 10th – 12th September and features a raft of industry talent offering invaluable insight into podcast creation, suitable for novices through to experienced broadcasters.
On 11th September, you can watch the world premiere of Highlife Romance, a new romantic comedy-drama by Jacob Roberts-Mensah (DEM TIMES) that follows the budding relationship between Nana Akua, a British-Ghanaian Highlife music enthusiast, and Michael, a Native Ghanaian musician. The live performance will be directed by Jessica Kalissa (director of the Edinburgh Fringe play Queens of Sheba).
There are also free, unticketed watch parties for special London Podcast Festival editions of huge US podcasts, streaming live from the States. Cosy up in the LPF Podcast Lounge (complete with comfy sofas and a bar) and watch live editions of shows such as Stop Podcasting Yourself and Judge John Hodgman. Those who can’t make it to Kings Place can also stream the shows live via Kings Place’s KPlayer.
As well as specials and live shows of many popular podcasts, there will also be curated days.
The 5th September is a special Audio Drama Day from Ella Watts and Felix Trench, including live shows from the likes of award-winning sitcom Wooden Overcoats and horror/fantasy The Silt Verses. There will also be panels with the leading lights in audio fiction and listening posts to hear world premieres of brand new podcasts.
On 12th September, Content Is Queen founder (and Pod Bible columnist) Imriel Morgan curates a full day of essential new voices in British podcasting – including the World Premiere of a new comedy fiction podcast Epic Fun Land (from the team behind the award-nominated Scoop McDoolie); a special live edition of Hajar J. Woodland’s Conversations With My Sister; Honey and the Hex live with special guest The Mage’s Well, and The *Relate(able) Podcast.
The full A-Z Shows Confirmed For London Podcast Festival 2021 So Far
- 90 Minutes or Less Film Fest
- Audio Drama Showcase
- A Wheezing Groaning Sound
- Bad People
- Beef and Dairy Network Podcast
- Brian and Rodger
- Brown Baby Podcast
- Brown Girls Do It Too
- Chatting With Chorley: The Podcast
- Clash of the Titles
- Dr Gameshow
- Epic Fun Land (Content is Queen)
- Finding Q: My Journey Into QAnon
- Fingers on Buzzers
- Friends with Friends
- From Queer to Eternity
- Girls on Film
- Highlife Romance
- Honey and the Hex (Content is Queen)
- Inside the Comedian
- Judge John Hodgman
- Kermode on Film
- Masala Podcast
- Midnight Snack with Michelle Collins
- Mockery Manor (Audio Drama Day)
- My Mate Bought a Toaster
- Radio Elusia (Audio Drama Day)
- Richard and Greta
- Spit or Swallow
- Stop Podcasting Yourself
- Tea Towels and Tantrums (Content is Queen)
- The Allusionist
- The Battersea Poltergeist
- The Breakup Monologues
- The Empire Film Podcast
- The Guilty Feminist
- The MSG Pod
- The *Relate(able) Podcast
- The Rest is History
- The Silt Verses (Audio Drama Day)
- The The One Show Show
- The Triple Cripples
- Three Bean Salad
- Tights and Fights
- Two Twos Podcast
- Two Mr Ps In A Pod(cast)
- We Got This
- Wooden Overcoats (Audio Drama Day)
- Wrestle Me
Buy your tickets now at www.kingsplace.co.uk.