A Weekend of Stand-Up Comedy in the heart of Wales

About Machynlleth Comedy Festival

“A welcome break from the norm... it boasts the kind of top-quality lineup that's beyond many of its rivals.”
The Guardian

“A small but perfectly formed antidote to some of the more sprawling comedy festivals”
The Independent

When we first talked about starting Machynlleth Comedy Festival above of all we wanted to create somewhere where people came to have fun, and get away from it all, whether this be the attendees, the comedians or the festival team. It was all about taking a different approach with an aim of creating a spirit of experimentation and intimacy. We’re passionate about the thrill of seeing live comedy in intimate places, and the glorious, picturesque and enchanting town of Machynlleth gave us a wealth of interesting and unique performance spaces in which to do this.

Most of all we want people to laugh, have a great time and find a warm welcome in the heart of Wales.

If you want to contact the festival you can do so on hello@machcomedyfest.co.uk

If you have a press enquiry please contact andy@writegood.co.uk

Our Supporters

Now in our fourth year the festival is already a firm fixture in many people’s diaries. It would be impossible for the festival to grow and develop without key support from funders and sponsors.

Welsh Government

In 2012 the festival gained the support of the Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit (MEU) as a Growth Event. Working with officers from the MEU a three year development strategy was agreed securing the festivals future until 2014 and beyond. Machynlleth Comedy Festival would like to thank the Welsh Government for supporting the development of live comedy in Wales and what we believe is a unique event in the UK comedy calendar.

Powys County Council

Funding through Powys County Council’s Sense of Place grant scheme was also secured allowing us to undertake community engagement projects, create a family programme, help to create an additional social space and also give the festival a greater presence within the town. We would like to thank Powys County Council for their continued support for this event.

West Coast Group of Companies Ltd

West Coast Group of Companies have been business mentors for the festival since 2010 overseeing our development as a company and providing invaluable advice at key times. This year the companies support has gone further with the sponsorship of the West Coast Tent. We’re proud to be working in partnership with a leading independent renewable energy developer working in Wales.

Arts and Business Cymru

West Coast Group of Companies Ltd and Machynlleth Comedy Festival have received an investment from A&B Cymru’s CultureStep to develop their creative partnership. CultureStep is made possible by funding from the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.


Machynlleth Comedy Festival is proud to be working with BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

Food and Drink

Festival food stalls

We're very excited to welcome some new food stalls to the festival this year along with the return of some of old favourites. More mouth-watering treats to keep fuelled up from morning til night!


The Grazing Shed

Choo choo, off we go! The Grazing Shed Express – A freight train of an eatery, serving up only the finest Welsh beef burgers cuddled in a local handmade bun. We have 4 burgers on the menu (beef, cheese, blue cheese and veggie), which we pledge to serve within seconds to the customers allowing them time to enjoy the festival.


The pricing is simple, £6 for a burger or £8 with fries.


The Chicken Cow Café:

At the Chicken Cow Café we take pride in serving wholesome food made from scratch, using local, free range and fair trade ingredients wherever we can. We cook up hot breakfasts for hungry campers and brew proper coffee from dawn ‘til dusk. Look no further for fresh-from-the-oven quiches, pizza breads that will melt in your mouth, our signature courgette cake with lime and mascarpone icing, or a big fat creamy slice of Mississippi mud cake! Don’t forget: we’re open well into the night if you’re in sudden need of a baked potato or a mug of hot spiced cider. 


This year half our profits go to Bron I’r Babi (Machynlleth BIBS: providing information and support for parents and parents-to-be).


Fired Up is a clay wood-fired oven on wheels, in which Robin and Adam bake freshly made pizzas while you wait. Using handmade dough, pure mozzarella cheese, homemade tomato sauce and exciting toppings, the pizzas are assembled to order and then baked in the 400 degree oven next to the flames in under two minutes to give an authentic Neapolitan pizza experience. Delicious! 


The Curry Stall is a family run business passionate about great quality Indian street food. Specialities include a fantastic 'secret recipe' chicken curry, Keema Matar (lamb & peas) - both served either mild or spicy depending on taste - and delicious vegetarian options all served with speciality rice or wraps! All ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible and served in eco-friendly containers. 

Caffe Milo: Come and visit Milo, Estelle and Gertrude (their 1976 three wheeler) for Freshly Ground Coffee (however you like), Speciality Teas, Luxury Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and cream (of course), Homemade treats and Fresh Lemonade (shaken not stirred). We use fair trade and locally source products where possible. We will be open for your morning pick me up until your evening treat! 


Churros Con Chocolate:All the way from sunny Herefordshire, Churros Con Chocolate serve delicious Spanish doughnuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon and a luxury rich hot chocolate sauce.  All made by hand and freshly cooked and served from our 1960’s beauty ‘Coco the Churros Caravan’! Our mission – to delight your taste buds! 


The Pink Pod serves delicious homemade Ice Cream from Aberdovey - a choice of over 24 ‘Great Taste’ award-winning ice cream flavours, 10 sorbets, and several frozen yogurts. 


Owain Glyndwr Lawns 


Andy and Adam's: Slow roasted pork, crispy crackling, homemade apple & rosemary sauce and sage & onion stuffing all crammed in a big tasty bun! Local boys Andy and Adam rear their own pigs just outside of Machynlleth and will be serving up hog roast rolls all weekend. Stuff your face hole.  

Mama Singh’s: At Mama Singh’s curry Shack, we love to live to work, creating simply scrumptious Indian home cooking, based on authentic family recipes with Mama Singh’s twist. As a friendly family business we make more than mouth-watering meals we make memories ensuring our customers enjoy the highest quality eating experience and have fun! With love Mama Singh and the girls X


Siop Alys: Housed within the Owain Gyndwr centre, Siop Alys is a beautiful vintage tea room serving delicious food & drinks including tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches, paninis and a mouth-watering range of home-made cakes to eat in or take away. We also have a range of Welsh themed crafts and gifts inside – call in and see for yourself!

Festival Bars

We have two real ale bars located on site. You’ll find the Beech Bar (including our whopping great Festiv-ale) on the lawns of Y Plas and our new bar on the lawn at Owain Glyndwr which features a dedicated cider festival and cocktail bar.

Explore the town

The town of Machynlleth has many fine pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Pick up an information sheet at box office and start exploring what the beautiful town has to offer.




We're putting on our favourite bands in the Beech Bar Big Top again, and all for free!

Leading the charge this year are H Hawkline who's new album is rarely off the Machynlleth Comedy Festival office stereo, and Sweet Baboo who has a new record coming out in May. We've had a sneaky listen and it's a belter. Three of our favourite emerging Welsh acts, Seazoo and Mowbird from Wrexham and Toby Hay from Rhayader play on Friday and Saturday respectively. And representing the Home Nations, Durham's finest, Martha, and The Spook School from Edinburgh.

That's a pretty sweet line-up to keep you entertained between shows, and to get you in the mood we've created a Spotify playlist for you to listen to.

More music announcements coming soon...



Mary Bijou Cabaret


Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club presents...

The Devil May Care Cabaret

Come on a late night date with Mary Bijou. Expect a mischievous seduction of your senses better sense. Be ravished by this international cavalcade of talent. We will show you a good time and you don't even have to pick up the tab.

Watch the Circus folk frolic as you have a lovely pint in the beer tent.

Friday 1st May
Beech Bar (Y Plas Big Top)
Free admission

Children's Programme

There are some fantastic shows especially for our younger festival goers including shows from David O'Doherty, James Acaster, Phil Kay, Daniel Glyn and more. Full details coming very soon...

As well as the shows, we have the welcome return of the Pabell Pys Melys! It's bursting to the seams with fun activities for all the family. There is something here for everyone whatever your age with loads of stuff happening throughout the weekend spillling out of the tent and on to the lawns of Y Plas. 

The Arty Monkeys are back at Mach and bringing you loads more crafts, workshops, play and fun for kids and their grown-ups - full itinerary to be announced shortly.

Portrait Drawing with Carl Chapple and Selected Models/Comedians

This festival favourite returns for 2015. Details on where, when and how to buy tickets are coming soon.

About the tutor: Wales based artist Carl Chapple has many years experience and has had exhibitions of his work displayed across the UK, including a solo exhibition at MoMa in Machynlleth in 2007 and 2014.

About the models: Up to 4 comedians will sit for you to draw their portraits. 

The class will be tailored to all levels of ability and experience and all materials will be provided.

Cream teas will be served at elevenses.

Work from the class will be displayed in a festival exhibition.

This is an over-14 event

Festival Super Camping

Festival Camping 2015

Click here to book your pitch

2014 saw us launch our very own spacious festival campsite behind the Bowling Club, just a few minutes away from all our glorious festival venues in the perfect central location.

Well, good news – it’s back! Complete with all the luxuries you would expect (including hot showers, flushing toilets, complimentary phone and tablet charging), you can once again stay in comfort at the heart of the festival without breaking the bank.


Facilities include:

24 hour manned site 

Private hot shower cubicles

Posh flushing toilets

Drinking water

Complimentary phone/tablet charging facilities

Free on-site parking

Waste/recycling points

Central location just a few minutes from every venue

Great vibes


All this for the bargain price of £25 per adult for all 3 nights! No restriction on the size of tent, it's still only £25.

Under 18s are also welcome on the site (accompanied by a responsible adult) at a discounted price of £15. Under 5s are free.


Campervans, Caravans and Trailer Tents

If you've got a live-in vehicle you want to bring, that costs just £60 per vehicle and includes 2 campsite wristbands (additional wristbands can be purchased at £25 pp). Pitches also include space for an awning/gazebo - you make yourselves comfortable! 

Click here to book your pitch


Fred’s Yurts 


Need even more luxury in your festival weekend? Fred’s Yurts are the answer!

His collection of classic bell tents, yurts and large canvas family tents come in a range of shapes and sizes, all set up ready and waiting for you to arrive on site.

Have a look through the fantastic list of optional extras including bed frames & mattresses, duvets, cushions, heaters, kettle & gas hob tea stations, wood burners and more!


Online booking is coming very soon – click here for the full list of options and prices.



Fred's Yurts

Fred’s Yurts 


Need even more luxury in your festival weekend? Fred’s Yurts are the answer!

His collection of classic bell tents, yurts and large canvas family tents come in a range of shapes and sizes, all set up ready and waiting for you to arrive on site.

Have a look through the fantastic list of optional extras including bed frames & mattresses, duvets, cushions, heaters, kettle & gas hob tea stations, wood burners and more!


Online booking is coming very soon – click here for the full list of options and prices.




Let’s go straight in at the deep end with Tim Key, shall we? Manwatching is about female sexual desire. It’s written by a woman and each time it stages, a different man performs it, seeing the script for the very first time on stage. Right in front of you. At Mach, that man is the legendary, brave and extremely nervous comedian Tim Key. Do not miss this.

Described as “a poetic Nick Hornby” and as having, mmmm, “a seductive voice” by no less than Ian McMillan, John Osborne brings two shows to the festival. John Peel’s Shed (Saturday), which got five star reviews when it first staged, celebrates radio, music and listening in the most joyous of ways and Most People Aren't That Happy, Anyway (Sunday), is a collection of magical, heartfelt poems.

If you want subversive art and feminist theatre for all genders, you’re in the right place! Rachel Mars’ pop­up choir (which you, yes you!, can be a part of ­ rehearsals are at 9.30am, Sunday in Y Plas) pokes two fingers at lovable evil buffoon tyrant, Boris Johnson. Shit Theatre’s Women’s Hour pays homage to the Radio 4 show of the same name while exploring the portrayal of women in the media using “giddy silliness” to make its point.

Our favourite theatre show from last year’s Edinburgh Festival is here! Twice! Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe has been compared to It’s a Wonderful Life by the New York Times and it shows on Saturday and SundaySue is also here! Star of My Name is Sue and Sue: The Second Coming, this is her first visit to Mach and who knows what state she’ll be in at the Bowling Club on Sunday.

Greg Wohead is back (but this time not in a field) and promising some big and little things with Rachel Mars in Story#1.

Finally, Vincent Goes Splat. Or so says surreal storyteller/comedian Wil Greenway. It’s dark, it’s funny and Daniel Kitson, queen of the theatre/comedy crossover genre (“themedy” anyone?), said he liked it very much to his email subscribers. So there.