West Didsbury gets a comedy festival | 30 gigs over a weekend in Manchester suburb

West Didsbury gets a comedy festival

30 gigs over a weekend in Manchester suburb

West Didsbury is to get its own comedy festival.

More than 30 shows are planned across seven venues on the weekend of April 24 to 26 next year, with confirmed names including Robin Ince (pictured), Tez Ilyas, Tony Law, Lou Sanders, Barbara Nice and Sophie Duker.

Along with traditional stand-up, the festival will also feature family and kid friendly shows, a new act competition, quiz night and food events.

Festival director Kev Rook said: ‘Manchester doesn’t currently have an "open to all" comedy festival, which is a travesty with our comedic heritage. 

‘We are looking to fill the void with a festival that we hope will be a bit special, seeing big names and rising stars in much smaller venues, but with huge atmospheres!"

 The festival’s Facebook page is here.

Published: 17 Oct 2019

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