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.

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Festival Name
When is it on?
When do you need to register?
Website
Podcast Link
Nottingham Comedy FestivalSeptemberMayhttp://www.nottscomedyfestival.co.uk/
Liverpool festivalSeptemberhttp://www.thecomedytrust.com/comedy-festival
Greenwich comedy festivalJulyhttp://www.greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk/
Birmingham Comedy FestivalOctoberMarchhttp://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/contact.htm
Bath Comedy FestivalMarchJanuaryhttp://www.bathcomedy.com/
Bath FringeMayDecemberhttp://www.bathfringe.co.uk/
Lincoln Comedy FestivalOctober????http://lincolncomedyfestival.co.uk/
Hastings Comedy FestivalJuneDec / Janhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastings-comedy-fringe-festival-840155186080795/?fref=tshttp://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/HastingsFringe
Hull Comedy FestivalOctoberJunehttp://www.hullcomedy.co.uk/articles
Edinburgh FringeAugustMarchhttps://www.edfringe.com/http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/NeilMackinnon
Glasgow Comedy FestivalMarchSeptemberhttp://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/
Leicester Comedy FestivalFebruarySeptemberhttp://www.comedy-festival.co.ukhttp://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/GeoffRowe
Harrogate comedy festival???
Reading comedy festivalNovember
Brighton Comedy FestivalOctoberhttps://www.brightoncomedyfestival.com/
Brighton Fringe festivalMayJanuaryhttp://www.brightonfringe.org/http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JulianCaddy
Cambridge comedy festivalJulyhttp://www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com/
Cardiff Comedy FestivalJulyhttp://www.cardiffcomedy.co.uk/
Leeds comedy festivalMayhttp://www.leedscomedyfestival.com/
Machynlleth comedy festivalMayJanuaryhttp://www.machcomedyfest.co.uk/
Buxton Festival FringeJulyFebruaryhttp://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/
Oxford FringeMayMarchhttp://oxfringe.com/
Camden FringeJulyMarchhttp://www.camdenfringe.com/
Bideford FringeJulyJanuaryhttp://wingitproductions.weebly.com/apply-now.html
Guernsey comedy festivalMay/JuneJanuaryhttp://www.happyci.com/
Ludlow FringeJune/Julyhttp://www.ludlowfringe.co.uk/
Stratford Upon AvonJune/julyJan
Sky Cat LuaghMay/JuneJanhttp://www.thecatlaughs.com/
Neath comedy festivalJulyhttp://theclownspocket.comedy-festivals.co.uk/
Glasgow Comedy FestivalMarchSeptemberhttp://glasgowcomedyfestival.com
Margate Comedy FestivalSeptemberhttp://comedyisland.co.uk/
Machynlleth Comedy FestivalMayhttp://machcomedyfest.co.uk/
Greater Manchester FringeJulyhttp://www.greatermanchesterfringe.co.uk/
Greater Manchester Comedy FestivalNovemberhttp://www.greatermanchesterfringe.co.uk/
Newbury Comedy Festivalhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbury_Comedy_Festival
Southend Comedy FestivalJulyhttp://lukemason4.wix.com/southendcomedyfest
Guildford FringeJulyhttp://guildfordfringe.com/guildford-fringe-festival/
Derby Comedy FestivalJulyhttp://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/derby-comedy-festival/
Jesterval (Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside)Junehttp://www.jesterval.co.uk/new/
Taunton Comedy Festivalhttp://www.tauntoncomedyfestival.co.uk/
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