The first batch of events have gone on sale for the sixth annual London Podcast Festival.
Produced by the UK’s home of live podcasting, Kings Place London, the festival runs from 2 – 12 September with a programme that celebrates the best in UK and international podcasting talent.
The festival is taking place at Kings Place London in front of a live audience and offers listeners the chance to be in the crowd for special live editions of the shows that have got them through the recent difficult time, to meet the hosts and discover their next favourites.
Highlights include special live episodes of The Allusionist, Bad People, The Rest is History, Brown Baby Podcast, Kermode on Film, Beef & Dairy Podcast, Masala Podcast, Brian & Roger, Two Twos Podcast and many more, all taking place in front of an in-person audience.
New ventures for the 2021 festival include a partnership with BBC Sounds, Ella Watts and Felix Trench curating a day devoted to Audio Drama with live episodes of Wooden Overcoats and The Silt Verses and a special collaboration with a variety of US networks which will see live podcasts including Judge John Hodgman, FANTI and Tights and Fights streaming from the States.
LPF will host the world premiere of Highlife Romance, a new rom-com written by Jacob Roberts-Mensah (DEM TIMES) and directed by Jessica Kalissa (Queens of Sheba).
The Podcast Maker Weekend also makes a return, supported by Spotify. Curated by Martin Austwick and Sarah Myles, the weekend offers high-quality, affordable and professional workshops and classes suitable for anyone interested in the industry, whether new to it or looking for new inspiration.
Zoe Jeyes, London Podcast Festival Producer and Programmer said: “I am so excited that the 2021 London Podcast Festival brings together everything that we love about this unique event, and the best of what we learnt from our 2020 hybrid edition. As always Kings Place will have a line-up of the very best UK podcasts, alongside workshops, panels and special events. We’re continuing to stream much of the programme so audiences across the UK and around the world can be a part of the festival.
“Collaboration continues to be a cornerstone of the festival, thanks to our amazing partners and curators, including Acast, Spotify and our brand-new partner for 2021, BBC Sounds.”
Sam Shetabi, UK Content Director at Acast says: “There’s nothing quite like a live, in-person podcast show. It’s something all of us at Acast have missed over the past 18 months or so — and we know our creators and their fans have, too.
“We’re always proud to support The London Podcast Festival and can’t wait to be part of things again this September.”
James Cator, Head of Studios, Spotify UK and Ireland, comments: “To be a part of the London Podcast Festival on the Podcast Maker Weekend this year is another important moment for us at Spotify.
“As the UK’s most popular audio platform and given our commitment to championing new and diverse voices, we’re excited to see some of the biggest and brightest rising stars on the podcasting scene providing both inspiration and entertainment across the course of the weekend. We’re looking forward to helping people get stuck into our workshops, and no doubt unlocking some great new talent.”
Louise Kattenhorn, BBC Podcast Commissioning Executive for Pop Stations said: “More and more people are listening to our podcasts on BBC Sounds. They’ve helped us bring innovative storytelling, chatty entertainment and other brilliant audio to new listeners in creative ways.
“Popular podcasts like Bad People, Have You Heard George’s Podcast?, Battersea Poltergeist, Stacey Dooley Fresh Starts, and Brown Girls Do It Too show how varied and ambitious podcasting is. We’re delighted people will be able to enjoy hearing some BBC podcasts and hosts at the London Podcast Festival.”
You can find out more about the London Podcast Festival 2021 at the Kingsplace website.