An Indie Comedians Guide to UK Comedy Festivals

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An Indie Comedians Guide to UK Comedy Festivals

As a comedian who does everything himself and is focusing more and more on the festival circuit over the club circuit I thought I’d help my fellow indie comedians who want to perform shows by listing every* UK comedy festival month-by-month. This way you (and I) can see what happens what and where. It’ll make planning your year easier and also I’am adding which festivals open up their applications forms and when, just to make it REALLY organised for people.

I run a podcast called Ask The Industry where I’ve interviewed a lot of these people (and I intend to do more). So please do subscribe iTunes, Stitcher or just browse the list of guests online. I’ve linked next to each festival to say who I’ve interviewed to make it easy for you to find out more about the festival itself direct from the horses mouth.

If you like my work and would like to support it, please do consider becoming a Patreon or donating via PayPal. All this stuff takes time and if it has saved you even a few hours a £1 donation back to me would be very much appreciated.

Festival Name
When is it on?
When do you need to register?
Podcast Link
Nottingham Comedy FestivalSeptemberMay
Liverpool festivalSeptember
Greenwich comedy festivalJuly
Birmingham Comedy FestivalOctoberMarch
Bath Comedy FestivalMarchJanuary
Bath FringeMayDecember
Lincoln Comedy FestivalOctober????
Hastings Comedy FestivalJuneDec / Jan
Hull Comedy FestivalOctoberJune
Edinburgh FringeAugustMarch
Glasgow Comedy FestivalMarchSeptember
Leicester Comedy FestivalFebruarySeptember
Harrogate comedy festival???
Reading comedy festivalNovember
Brighton Comedy FestivalOctober
Brighton Fringe festivalMayJanuary
Cambridge comedy festivalJuly
Cardiff Comedy FestivalJuly
Leeds comedy festivalMay
Machynlleth comedy festivalMayJanuary
Buxton Festival FringeJulyFebruary
Oxford FringeMayMarch
Camden FringeJulyMarch
Bideford FringeJulyJanuary
Guernsey comedy festivalMay/JuneJanuary
Ludlow FringeJune/July
Stratford Upon AvonJune/julyJan
Sky Cat LuaghMay/JuneJan
Neath comedy festivalJuly
Glasgow Comedy FestivalMarchSeptember
Margate Comedy FestivalSeptember
Machynlleth Comedy FestivalMay
Greater Manchester FringeJuly
Greater Manchester Comedy FestivalNovember
Newbury Comedy Festival
Southend Comedy FestivalJuly
Guildford FringeJuly
Derby Comedy FestivalJuly
Jesterval (Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside)June
Taunton Comedy Festival



Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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