“A welcome break from the norm... it boasts the kind of top-quality lineup that's beyond many of its rivals.”
“A small but perfectly formed antidote to some of the more sprawling comedy festivals”
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.
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Now in our seventh year the event continues to grow in size, reputation and reach. With comedy fans travelling from across Europe and even the US we can claim to be well and truly on the map this year. And whilst the event continues to increase in size and scope, we work hard to maintain the core values that it was built around; comedians and comedy lovers having as much fun as possible in a creative, relaxed and experimental environment.
The fact that we have the freedom to do what we do is largely down to our supporters, without whom the event would be very different. Their backing of the event and belief in what Machynlleth Comedy Festival represents is absolutely key to creating what we believe is a pretty special event in the Festival calendar.
The Welsh Government
The Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit (MEU) continues to support the Machynlleth Comedy Festival allowing us to manage the growth of the event. Machynlleth Comedy Festival would like to thank the Welsh Government for continuing to support the development of a major live comedy event in Wales.
Arriva Trains Wales and the Cambrian Rail Partnership
We’re proud to be working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and the Cambrian Rail Partnership to deliver an event in the heart of Wales. With so many of you arriving into the town by train we’re especially pleased to announce this new partnership.
Recognised all over the world for its quality and synonymous with the uniquely beautiful landscape of Wales, we are delighted to welcome Welsh Lamb to the festival this year.
As an internationally renowned brand with an impressive partnership portfolio, we are delighted to have Chang Beer on board as our official festival lager.
Powys County Council
Powys County Council’s tourism department have directly supported the event since 2013 and we would like to thank Powys County Council for their continued support.
We’re delighted that Salop Leisure are continuing their sponsorship of the campsite for a second year. Their Machynlleth based showroom is directly adjacent to the Festival Campsite, and is the perfect place to top up on camping supplies.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival is proud to be working with BBC Radio for the fifth successive year. With coverage of the event being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 for the first time, alongside the usual coverage on BBC 4 Extra and BBC Radio Wales.
It’s been a pleasure to work with The Waen Brewery since year one, and watch as both have grown. Built on a basis of shared values and good humour, the relationship means we’ll be sharing a post festival drink for many years to come.
As ever, we're excited to bring an array of top quality food traders to the Plas and Owain Glyndwr to keep you fuelled up from morning til night.
We'll be welcoming back some festival favourites as well as some new stalls for 2016.
Full details coming Spring 2016...
Yesss! It's the music line-up. We genuinely love picking our favourite bands to play in the Big Top on the lawns of Y Plas each year. And guess what, it's all still completely free.
In 2017 we welcome back old friends, many with new albums on the way. From our own fair shores Sweet Baboo, Tender Prey and Y Niwl all return to the tent after periods of absence. MachFest mainstays The Spook School are back for the third year running (we've decided to make them an institution because we love them so). Same goes for Gavin Osborn. When he told us he didn't have a show to do this year, we told him to play the music tent instead. He happily agreed. And finally (for now) making their MachFest debuts, which we're rather excited about, are Powys' very own Farm Hand and West London's Colour Me Wednesday!
We are pleased about this.
We're thrilled to announce the Children's programme for 2017!
Calling all adventuresome land lubbers - come join the good ship Vagabondi with their popular family show A Pirates Life for Me.
James Acaster gets the audience to write and perform a play and the audience are kids.
Outwit greedy Monsters, escape the savage Cyclops, survive the sweet-singing Siren Sisters and overcome a sucking and spewing Whirlpool.
Every kid gives Phil their left shoe then does a skit to get it back. A show of shoe-shows within a show.
From making instruments with straws to sending sounds with lasers, you’ll be amazed at what you will discover. Come on Machynlleth – LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!
PaddleBoat Theatre Company invite you to bring your unbounded imagination as together we try to help Arthur find the Moon. With your help, who knows what else he might discover outside his front door…
All shows are £4 per ticket of a family ticket for 4 for £12.
Keep your eyes peeled for news of our craft tent and children's workshops.
This festival favourite returns for 2017. 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
***Campsite open from 12pm on Friday 28th April.***
Our very own spacious festival campsite behind the Bowling Club is back. The site is located just a few minutes walk away from all our glorious festival venues in the perfect central location in the middle of town.
Complete with all the luxuries you would expect (including hot showers, flushing toilets, complimentary phone and tablet charging and an all new for 2017 morning coffee stall), you can once again stay in comfort at the heart of the festival without breaking the bank.
24 hour manned site
Private hot shower cubicles
Posh flushing toilets
Complimentary phone/tablet charging facilities
Free on-site parking
Central location just a few minutes from every venue
Freshly brewed morning coffee available from Outpost Vinyl and Coffee
All this for the bargain price of £30 per adult for all 3 nights! No restriction on the size of tent, it's still only £30.
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 £65 per vehicle and includes 2 campsite wristbands (additional wristbands can be purchased at £30 pp). Pitches also include space for an awning/gazebo - you make yourselves comfortable!
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!
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Book yourself a luxury yurt or classic bell tent and have a home from home awaiting your arrival at the festival.
Fred’s yurts return for their 5th year bringing their pre-pitched village to the Comedy Festival, nestled in their own corner of the campsite with parking and facilities close by.
Arrive, check in at the reception tent and enjoy 3 nights under canvas.
The campsite is located just a short walk from all of the festival venues (just behind the co-op supermarket). There is 24hr security, flushing event toilets and hot showers provided
New for 2017 there will be a cafe serving hot drinks, festoon lights in the boutique camping area, somewhere to charge your phone and luxury compost toilets located behind the luxury camping
With accommodation from as little as £62 + vat per person for the whole weekend, check out what Fred’s Yurts have to offer HERE
£50 discount for all festival staff and artists
Here we are! Me drinking a three ginger tea, Trump tweeting something harrowing and you looking through the listings of a comedy festival in Mid Wales. How we all ended up here involved a series of incremental decisions, non-decisions (is that a word?) and probably some Grade A procrastination. It is these incremental moments that binds this year's theatre programme through stories of war, disney towns, fake news and pens.
Sort of. Stick with me.
In History History History, mega award winner and theatre hero Deborah Pearson brings us a documentary, performed live alongside a Hungarian comedy film about football. It's a magnetic and poignant performance that makes for an extraordinary show rooted in the past and utterly relevant today. Everyone should see it.
Even people from Celebration, Florida – a town designed by Disney and introduced to us by two un-rehearsed performers wearing headphones who meet for the first time on stage.
“It burns slow and sure, leaving both sadness and hope hanging fog-like in the room.” The Stage
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. I don't need to say anything else to get you to come and see My Body Welsh do I? Any show that has that in its blurb is a bold as brass winner. A contemporary look at national identity accompanied by a live-soundscape. Erm, yes please.
John Osborne is a writer of non-fiction books, a tv show and good old Radio 4 and sold out his Mach debut with John Peel's Shed a few years ago. In this new show Osborne has found a series of clues in a pile of Radio Times magazines – each day timetabled with deliberate red circles. See it here first – toot toot.
Good Grief was named one of New York Times' four highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe. Four highlights seems a strange number of highlights, but don't focus on that. Focus on the fact that Jack Rooke and his 85 year old Nan Sicely (great name) invite you to the happiest town in Britain to explore death and lasagne.
“Rooke is a delight to spend an hour with, cheerily but sensitively tackling the most painful of subjects and finding hope in them.” The Scotsman.
Catriona James is an actor, a lover of true stories, a physical performer and a depressive. Sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes funny and always engaging Worse Things Happen combines all of those elements and does what all good theatre should do – it makes us look again.
1 billion pairs of running shoes were bought last year. Nicola Burgess has two of those. Runner, theatre maker and Machynlleth resident Nicola explores in this new show how running sneaks into our lives and what is means to people all over the world.
Finally after all this plundering into what makes us human – come and have a go at a musical coconut shy made of massive balloons. Composer Timothy Tate and artist Jay Harrison met at last year's Machynlleth Comedy festival over an electromechanical lithophone (great words) and went on to make a giant balloon based interactive musical instrument (great idea) and now you can wang balls at it (great vibes). It's a genuine delight.
Tea drunk. Harrowing tweet sent. Trainers on.
See you at the clock.
Lisa Jones - MCF Theatre Manager