The E4 UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL at SOUTHBANK CENTRE is back for it's fourth glorious year!


Spirit of Coney Island comes to Southbank Centre with launch of The London Wonderground 

Australian grunge circus hit Cantina headlines and cabaret hit Fascinating Aida play the whole of September 

E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre is back for the fourth year 

Highlights will include Tim Minchin, Greg Proops and Rufus Hound 

Underbelly and Southbank Centre are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new festival for 2012, The London Wonderground. This new five‐month long festival of cabaret, music, sideshow and circus will bring a taste of early 20th Century Coney Island to London and will be situated on the transformed coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye.

Tim Minchin
E4 Udderbelly, the live entertainment venue shaped like an upside down purple cow, will also return for its fourth year at Southbank Centre. Both the London Wonderground and Udderbelly festivals will form part of Southbank Centre's site‐ wide Festival of the World with MasterCard next summer.

Tim Minchin will headline and close the E4 Udderbelly Festival on 8th July with a show in front of just 400 lucky people. Other highlights include Greg Proops, Rufus Hound, Gina Yashere, Richard Herring and The Boy with Tape on his Face. A total of 31 shows went on sale on 15th December with the remainder of the programme to be ANNOUNCED ON 14th FEB. Please visit for up to date information.

Rufus Hound
The London Wonderground will transform this area of the site into a world of circus, sideshows and strange curiosities. At its heart will lie a 600 capacity Spiegeltent that will present a programme of the finest international cabaret, music and circus headlined by the Australian circus hit, Cantina. The show features a brilliant company of Australia's finest circus artists from La Clique, Circa, Acrobat and Circus Oz and is a sensational cocktail of glamorous vaudeville and scintillating circus designed specifically for a Spiegeltent. Hit cabaret act Fascinating Aida will also take up residency at the London Wonderground for the whole of September. Both shows are on sale from now with the remainder of the programme announced in February.

The London Wonderground is the brainchild of Underbelly and Southbank Centre and is being jointly presented by both organisations. Underbelly is the festival and events company behind the hugely popular Udderbelly Festival and one of the largest venue operators at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said:
“At Southbank Centre we create festivals of many kinds in keeping with our history as the Festival of Britain site. We know that festivals allow all kinds of people to try out new experiences in unexpected surroundings. Together with Underbelly we dreamt up The London Wonderground because we wanted to revive the idea of a Pleasure Garden beside the River as well as conjuring up images of Coney Island with its fairgrounds and vaudeville spirit. I'm also thrilled that our favourite Purple Cow, E4 Udderbelly, will return for a fourth year. Both festivals will be part of our major Festival of the World with MasterCard when hundreds of international artists and thousands of people will converge on the site next summer.”

Greg Proops
Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, directors of Underbelly said:
"We're delighted to be working with Southbank Centre to create The London Wonderground, which we believe will capture all the sights, sounds and smells of the carnival. We’re putting a little of the spirit of Coney Island in its heyday into London and we can’t wait! We’re also pleased to be returning to Southbank Centre with our big purple cow, Udderbelly. This will be her fourth year grazing in the capital and our programme of shows will be bigger and better than ever.”


E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre - 6th April to 8th July

The London Wonderground - 8th May to 30th September

Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard - 1st June to 9th September

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