Forget TV, Film and radio: 2019 is all about the podcast.
It's easier than ever before for anyone with a microphone and internet connection to record one and share it with the world. But, there are few that make it into the mainstream to become widely adored, global phenomenons. Topics from serial killers to motherhood, hip-hop to eating have been covered - so there's something for absolutely everyone.
Lucky for us, over the last few years, some of the best and brightest podcasts around have decided to take the show on the road. We've seen the likes of the hilarious My Dad Wrote a Porno, and the ever intriguing Welcome To Night Vale entertain thousands of fans in recent years.
So what's coming up soon in the world of live podcasts? We've collated the best shows on sale right here for you to check out. Maybe you'll discover your new latest serial?
Love hip-hop? Love podcasts? You must have listened to No Jumper then, right? Founded in 2011 by hip-hop enthusiast Adam John Grandmaison, the podcast began as a blog that published reviews on albums from emerging underground rap artists. In 2015 the blog transitioned into a podcast series.
As a result, No Jumper grew to become one of the most visible flagships of underground hip-hop culture. Marked by Grandmaison’s knack for breaking up-and-coming artists with captivating interviews, the No Jumper podcast and YouTube channel has created a serious platform for underground artists.
No Jumper will take over London XOYO for three nights in July.
Critically acclaimed writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson is possibly best known for his books 'The Psychopath Test' and 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'. In 2017 he began the podcast, 'The Butterfly Effect', which focuses on the subject of internet pornography, and more recently released 'The Last Days of August'.
In this brand new show, Jon will recount his recent adventures through his two podcasts. It’ll be a mysterious, funny, sad tale about kindness, violence, bad thoughts, and the wonders of remaining curious. There will be new stories, never before heard audio, some very strange (PG rated) bespoke film clips, and maybe some special guests too.
The tour commences at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge on the 6th May, and culminates at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms on the 27th May.
WAVE - Brighton Podcast Festival
WAVE, Brighton's inaugural Podcast Festival, will feature live shows from some of the most popular podcasts currently being released.
Experience new episodes of your favourite podcasts live in some of Brighton’s most iconic venues. Shows include festival headliners No Such Thing As A Fish, Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum Happy Baby, Romesh Ranganathan's Hip Hop Saved My Life and many more!
WAVE - Brighton Podcast Festival runs from 2nd - 13th April 2019.
Do The Right Thing
Award-winning panel show podcast Do The Right Thing has had seven successful series and four specials since its debut in 2011. The hilarious, occasionally absurd and frequently obscene panel game sees comedians try to work out the right thing to do in some weird and wild situations.
One minute it might be guessing how to escape if they’re buried alive. The next they could be agony-aunting someone whose cat is a bit stand-offish. So, expect the unexpected, and plenty of laughs.
Do The Right Thing will be live at The Phoenix in London this March and April.
The Hoovering Podcast
Not the chore, no: The Hoovering Podcast is all about eating. Host Jessica Fostekew (known also from podcast 'The Guilty Feminist') has frank coversations with interesting people all about food.
Previous guests include Simon Rimmer, Jack Monroe, Rachel Riley and James Acaster. In just under a year, the podcast has gained hundreds of thousands of listeners. It is recommended by The Guardian and The Independent.
The live show will see Jess joined by a panel of local superstars. Bring snacks - you will get hungry.
Taking place as part of this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival, see The Hoovering Podcast this March.
Hit global podcast The Bugle is hosted by Andy Zaltzman and has featured guests from all over the world. The satirical news podcast was created by John Oliver and Zaltzman in 2007. It's a weekly eruption of comedic comment about the world’s most and least important news stories.
The Bugle successfully relaunched in 2016 with Zaltzman taking the lead. The show will now be performed in a number of live venues to willing audiences throughout 2019.
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Originating as the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast in 2011, and becoming the Leicester Square edition in 2012, Richard Herring's podcast conducts interviews with notable guests - usually fellow comedians - in front of a live audience. The award-winning show has garnered praise from The Chortle Awards, The Sony Radio Awards and even the likes of Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
The Leicester Square Theatre Podcast has become widely renowned for its revealing and often personal anecdotes revealed by its guests.
Richard Herring’s interview podcast is usually recorded in London’s glittering West End at the Leicester Square Theatre, but now it’s going on the road. See him on his tour of the UK or, you can see it as part of WAVE - Brighton Podcast Festival, or at Long Division Festival in Wakefield this summer.
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