E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre opens its gates on Friday!

E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre announces full programme

It is here... the waiting is over for the E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre. Now in its fourth year, the festival has become an iconic and popular part of London’s summer and will once again host some of the biggest and best names in comedy alongside theatre, dance, music and circus shows. In 2011, 50,000 people bought tickets to Udderbelly Festival shows.

Headlining the festival will be The Vocal Orchestra and Havana Rumba. Created by internationally acclaimed beatboxer Shlomo, The Vocal Orchestra is an hour of jaw dropping beatboxing, glorious vocal harmonies and floor wobbling basslines performed by 7 stunning vocalists. Havana Rumba promises to be THE party show of the summer. A cast of the some of Cuba’s biggest names will transport the audience to the world’s capital of vibrant, infectious and electrifying dance and music. A number of the cast have performed with Buena Vista Social Club, Enrique Jorrin’s Orchestra and Shakira.

Joining the already announced headliners Tim Minchin, Rufus Hound and Greg Proops are a host of some of the biggest names in comedy. These include:

-       Inbetweeners star Greg Davies performing an exclusive work in progress show
-       Rising star Andi Osho
-       The Sun’s number one comic of 2011, Terry Alderton
-       Winner of ITV’s Show Me the Funny, Patrick Monahan
-       Award Winning star of Live at the Apollo, Milton Jones
-       Michael Winslow, best known for playing Sergeant Jones in the Police Academy films 
-       Tim Key and Tom Basden in Freeze
-       Arguably the biggest comedian in Australia, Wil Anderson
-       Andrew Maxwell
-       Frisky & Mannish
-       Ventriloquist and comedian Nina Conti

In total, there are over 50 comedy shows to choose from in the 12 week festival.

Andi Osho
Once again, families are well catered for in the programme with children’s shows including Comedy Club for Kids and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, a new show from the writer of The Gruffalo and Stickman.

And of course E4 Udderbelly Festival is not just about the shows. The festival remains one of the best places to meet friends and socialise boasting one of the biggest outdoor bars in Central London, The Magners Pasture. With everything from giant jenga to delicious, organic food from 2012 winners of the UK Street Food Festival, Laughingstock, The Magners Pasture really has something for everybody. 

“Growing in scope and popularity, Udderbelly is a great option for after-work drinks or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Get online and see what's on - of all London's summer festivals, this is one of the most fun and most accessible.”    TNT, April 2011

Underbelly and Southbank Centre are also launching a new festival this summer, The London Wonderground. A brand-amusement ground for the capital, The London Wonderground will bring a taste of early 20th Century Coney Island to the capital with a prorgamme of cabaret, circus, sideshows and music from 8th May to 30th September. The E4 Udderbelly festival  and London Wonderground will form part of Southbank Centre's site-wide Festival of the World with MasterCard this summer.

Tickets for the full programme will be on general release from 14th February 2012.
By Telephone: 0844 545 8282
Lines are open from 9am-8pm, 7 days a week.
In Person: Southbank Centre Box Office

E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre - 6th April to 8th July
(The London Wonderground 8th May to 30th September)