News: Submissions Open For Leicester Comedy Festival

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The submission process has opened for acts, promoters and venues wanting to submit shows and events for Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2016.  The festival runs from 3-21 February and organisers expect over 600 events to be submitted, with over 100,000 people attending the festival.  The submission deadline is Thursday 1st October 2015.

Promoters at the 2016 festival will include Just the Tonic, Bottle Rocket Comedy, Bob Slayer (Heroes), Dead Cat Comedy, LeicesterFridge, NCF Comedy, Trudelight Productions and Jokes on Us.  Over 45 venues will be involved in the festival including De Montfort Hall, Curve, The Cookie, The Y, The Little Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Firebug, Kayal, Loughborough Town Hall, Melton Theatre, Hansom Hall, The Criterion, The Exchange, Upstairs at The Western and The Looking Glass. 

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is the longest running comedy festival in Europe, having been set up in 1994.  Over the past 22 years the festival has featured headline acts including Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre, Graham Norton, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Alan Carr.  In addition to the headline acts, the festival also produces unique shows and events; recent highlights have included The UK Pun Championships, the “I Say” lecture presented by Alexei Sayle, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, an exhibition honoring festival patron Sir Norman Wisdom, a live Q&A with Sarah Millican and a Legend of Comedy award presented to Ken Dodd.

Last week the organisers of the Festival were nominated for a top national marketing and branding award. After winning the “Best Sponsorship Activation” award at the Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards in 2014, the Festival has been nominated in the “Client Relationship” category alongside brands including The Guardian, 20th Century Fox, Adidas and Vodafone. The Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards is one of the largest events in the calendar for the marketing industry across Europe and the comedy festival has been nominated alongside their title sponsor Dave.  The team who deliver the partnership between the festival and UKTV channel Dave has been led by consultancy Sparkle Productions, and includes Arthur Leone PR and communications agency Reach Marketing. 

More information on appearing at the Festival is available here.


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