Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival Announced for 2024

Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival

Yorkshire-based events promoters Futuresound, in collaboration with Leeds Comedy Festival, have announced The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival which will take place within the grounds of the iconic landmark on Sunday 28th of July.

The first large-scale, open-air comedy festival to happen in Leeds, The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is a 4,500 capacity event bringing an array of the county’s very best and brightest comics to a truly unique Yorkshire venue.

The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival boasts a line up that includes award-winning Canadian comedian and presenter Katherine Ryan (8 Out of 10 Cats, Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo) and surrealist stand up legend Ross Noble (Have I Got News For You, BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute).

Joining them are the likes of the hilarious Yorkshire comic Maisie Adam (Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You?, QI), US comedian Reginald D. Hunter (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You), spooky live sensation Clinton Baptiste, writer and comedian Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster, Man Down, Tim Key’s Late-Night Poetry Programme) and the self-deprecating, Eton-educated stand up Ivo Graham (Live at the Apollo, QI, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You).

Completing the line-up are comedy rising star Stephen Bailey (Unbreakable, House of Games) and the cult-stand up hero turned viral-sensation Jeff Innocent.

kirkstall abbey comedy festival poster“Amazing bill”

The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is the result of an exciting new collaboration between Futuresound and Leeds Comedy Festival, the city’s biggest comedy promoter. Having worked on incredible concerts and festivals around Yorkshire for decades, Futuresound are the team behind events including Live At Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival and Ed Sheeran’s unforgettable performances at Roundhay Park as well as kicking off a forthcoming summer series of concerts with special performances from Embrace and Madness, also to be held within the walls of Kirkstall Abbey.

General admission, and Premium Seated tickets are available which include priority access and access to ‘Bobs Monkhouse’, a premium hang out area in the Abbey’s cloister. And, in order not to deny comedy to the kids, the festival will be 14+ and the gates will open at 2.30pm on the day.

Andy Smith, Director – Futuresound Group said: “We’re so excited to be working with House of Fun and Leeds Comedy Festival to bring this amazing bill to the iconic Kirkstall Abbey. We are always looking for ways to bring new and exciting events to Leeds so when the possibility of collaborating with the city’s most respected comedy promoters came up we jumped at the chance. With some of the biggest names in comedy on-board this is shaping up to be a brilliant day with some household names, exciting new voices and lots more to close out our weekend at the Abbey.”

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