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The London Podcast Festival has announced more big name guests as part of its fifth annual celebration of podcasting.

Taking place live at Kings Place from September 21 - 27, the UK’s home of podcasting, the festival will see some of the biggest and brightest names on the podcasting scene deliver very special live episodes in front of a limited capacity, socially-distanced audience. All events will also be live streamed in broadcast quality to a worldwide audience via pay per view. 

The programme will feature a mix of firm festival favourites and LPF first-timers, including:

  • Griefcast (Mon 21 Sep) The winner of Podcast of the Year 2018 returns to LPF to record a brand new episode that examines the human experience of grief and death - but with comedians, so it’s cheerier than it sounds. Hosted by Cariad Lloyd with top stand-up guests Sara Pascoe, Athena Kublenu and Darrne Harriot
  • Talk Art (Tue 22 Sep)  Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament discuss the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. With special guest, British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori
  • Tommy’s Brownload (24 Sep) After his sell-out LPF debut in 2019, Tommy Sandhu and friends return to Kings Place for another dose of Desi fun, celebrating everything from festivals to food
  • The Empire Film Podcast (Thu 24 Sep) A unique live episode of the official podcast from the world’s biggest and best movie magazine, with a special guest announced on the day
  • Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (Fri 25 Sep) Join top broadcaster Edith Bowman as she sits down with British actor, writer, director and producer Nick Frost (Truth Seekers; Spaced; Shaun of the Dead) to talk about the music that inspired him and how he uses music in his films, from his current release to key moments in his career.
  • Redhanded (Fri 25 Sep) Suruthi and Hannah make their long-awaited London Podcast festival debut with their cult true crime hit. Expect big time serial killers (and those you may never have heard of), hauntings, possessions, disturbing mysteries, bizarre whodunits and basically anything that tickles their creepy fancy. 
  • Saturday 26 September sees long-time LPF supporter Deborah Frances-White will curate a day of her favourite female-led podcasts, including Sara Pascoe’s Sex Power Money, Isy Suttie’s The Things We Do For Love and The Divorce Club with Samantha Baines, as well as hosting very special live editions of Global Pillage and  The Guilty Feminist.
  • Dane Baptiste Questions Everything (Sun 27 Sep) Comedian Dane Baptiste, producer Howard Cohen and a very special guest take turns posing questions that just need answering in front of a live LPF audience
  • Dum Tee Tum (Sun 27 Sep)  The hilarious but always appreciative weekly tribute to the world’s longest-running soap opera - The Archers.  Join regular hosts Roifield Brown, Keri Warbis and Pete Fickling plus special guests Sunny Ormonde (Lillian Bellamy), and Dr Cara Courage and Dr Nicola M Headlam of the Academic Archers
  • No Such Thing As a Fish (Sun 27 Sep) The writers behind the huge BBC show Q.I share with you the very best things they’ve found out this week
  • Brown Girls Do It Too (27 Sep): the critically acclaimed, British Podcast Awards ‘Podcast of the Year 2020, is back for an exclusive one off live special ahead of Series 2 later this year. From the messy realities to the fantasies and sexpectations, Brown Girls Do It Too is a no holds barred conversation between British Asian girls, who all have sex and are unashamed to talk about it. Hosts Poppy & Rubina will be giving a sneak preview of what’s to come, looking back at some of the big moments of the first series as well as speaking to their family about what they thought on hearing the podcast: awkward. (Please note, this event is online only and free). 

Alongside the live episodes will be a series of inspiring conversations and workshops exploring the latest in podcasting.  Highlights include Representation in Publishing Podcasting with Today in Focus host Anushka Asthana (24 Sep) and a masterclass for new and emerging Asian Voices in podcasting with special guests Rubina Pabani and Poppy Jay, hosts of Brown Girls Do It Too (25 Sep), both presented by festival partner Acast. Today in Focus host, Anushka Asthana 

The ever-popular Podcast Maker Weekend returns for a virtual edition with an online programme created by Sarah Myles of Rise and Shine and Martin Zaltz Austwick. Designed for everyone from beginners to seasoned podcasters, the weekend features a diverse range of sessions on the art, craft, technology, business and politics of podcasting.  Events include Pitching Your Pod with BBC Sounds Assistant Commissioner Emmanuella Kwenortey (26 Sep), delivering Audio Fiction on a Budget with producer Ella Watts (27 Sep) and multi award-winning podcaster Scott Flasheart reassuring new podcasters in Hey It’s OK - First Year Mistakes (26 Sep). 

All events are streamed on a pay-what-you-can basis.  

Zoe Jeyes, programmer for the London Podcast Festival and Kings Place Deputy Managing Director, said: We’ve been putting on live podcasts at Kings Place for over 10 years. During that time, podcasting has become a key part of our identity and we have become a home for the UK podcasting family. So many amazing podcasts have done their first ever live shows with us at Kings Place and that’s one of the reasons it felt vital for us to continue the spirit of the festival and deliver a live festival in front of a live audience. We can’t wait to welcome back podcasters and fans to the venue and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome a global digital audience to the festival for the first time. The safety of performers, audiences and our staff will be our highest priority as we bring the podcasting world together in community and celebration." 

Sam Shetabi, UK Content Director at Acast, said:“London Podcast Festival is a cornerstone of UK podcasting, so Acast is immeasurably proud to support the festival this year — at a time when it is both more challenging and more important than ever to bring podcasters and their fans together. With an exciting new format, we can’t wait for everyone to see the incredible live podcasts on its programme this September.” 

Tickets to all events are now on sale. Live podcasts will take place in Kings Place Hall One at a strictly limited, socially-distanced capacity. All events will also be live streamed in broadcast quality to a worldwide audience via pay per view. The festival would not be possible without official partner Acast, whose generous support allows us to cover the additional costs of filming and streaming as well as building a digital platform.

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