Sheffield’s podcast festival announces free festival fringe

Sheffield’s Bethel Chapel will be the venue to host The Fringe, the free offering from the Crossed Wires Festival.

The festival takes place from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, in venues across Sheffield with live shows, performances and special guests including Katherine Ryan, Adam Buxton, Brown Girls Do It Too, Danny Robins, Katie Price, Jon Ronson, Romesh Ranganathan & Tom Davis and Robert Diamond & Russell Tovey.

In addition to the ticketed events, The Fringe in Bethel Chapel, which was once home to the beloved Coles toyshop, will be a one-off free event, before it opens as a new music venue later this year.

The opening of The Fringe will be kicked off by a night of free music on Friday, including a DJ set from award-winning musician Self-Esteem.

Free shows on offer across the weekend include:

Football Heaven

The team will take to Sheffield City Hall’s Oval Hall, for an on-stage celebration of the South Yorkshire institution, covering the region’s highs and lows of football. With special guests including the assistant manager of Royal Oak FC Steve Bracknall, this is Football Heaven like you’ve never seen it before!

The Naked Podcast

Two friends, one guest, no clothes. Best mates Jenny Eells and Kat Harbourne are on a mission to challenge the ways we think about our bodies. Join Jen and Kat for a wild ride, as they bring their candid and revealing conversations to the stage… possibly making you question everything that’s underneath your clothes!

Tortoise presents… Alexi Mostrous in conversation with Charlie Webster

Two Titans of investigative podcasting take to the stage to share their secrets and discuss investigative journalism in podcasting. Tortoise’s Alexi Monstrous is behind some of the most talked about podcasts of the past few years, including Sweet Bobby, Hoaxed and Who Trolled Amber? Charlie Webster is an award-winning broadcaster and creator of the hit true crime show, Scamanda.

The Price of Music with Steve Lamacq

British radio DJ Steve Lamacq is a widely respected and influential broadcaster, having spent three decades on BBC Radio One and BBC 6 Music. Music Ally’s Stuart Dredge has been writing about the business side of the music industry for two decades. Together, they demystify the music industry and look at the money behind the business.

The Fringe will transform the Bethel Chapel into a hub of entertainment and education curated for the whole family. Kids will be able to enjoy the soft play area before an afternoon of storytelling, while students and adults can attend workshops to learn the ropes of the audio industry before heading to one of the venue’s eclectic mix of live shows.

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority will be Crossed Wires’ regional partner and host sponsor. Sheffield City Council have also awarded funds to help firmly place the festival on the UK’s cultural calendar.

Sean McClean, Director of Regeneration and Development at Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted that Crossed Wires is coming to Sheffield, a city already home to a whole host of cultural events.

“The Fringe will take place in Bethel Chapel in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre and will give visitors a first chance to see the transformation of the building before it opens as a new music venue later this year.

“This iconic building was once home to the beloved Cole Brother’s Toy department and now Crossed Wires Festival is poised to present an exciting one-off event and is just a few steps away from the City Hall.  

“Bethel Chapel isn’t the only thing people will be able to enjoy, visitors will also be able to see take advantage of the adjoining recently opened Cambridge Street Collective food hall and sample the amazing range of food on offer.”

Tickets available now at CrossedWires.Live.

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