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 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.

Welsh Lamb

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.

Chang Beer

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.

Salop Leisure

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.

Waen Brewery

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.

Food and Drink

Festival food stalls

 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...


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.




The 2017 Music programme will be announced here soon...

Mary Bijou Cabaret


Our friends and festival favourites Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club will present another spectacle from their international cavalcade of talent - all for free on Friday night in the Big Top.

More details coming soon.

Children's Programme

The 2017 Children's programme will appear here soon...

Portrait Drawing with Carl Chapple and Selected Models/Comedians

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

Festival Super Camping


***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.

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

Freshly brewed morning coffee available from Outpost Vinyl and Coffee

Great vibes


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!


Click here for the full list of options and prices.

Get in touch with Fred's yurts by email - info@yurtevents.co.uk or call 07974 139 078 

Fred's Yurts


Machynlleth Comedy festival - Yurt village

Available to book now

The Comedy festival campsite is a fabulous place to stay during the festival, just a short walk from the centre of the town and all of the venues.

Fred's Yurts, Bell tents and canvas cottages are all available to stay in over the weekend

For full details and prices head to Fred's website, and to book your accommodation please email Alder at festivalsundercanvas@gmail.com using the subject Mach2016 stating the number of adults and children in your party, your preferred accommodation type as well as any optional extras that you would like to add


£50 discount for all festival staff and artists




The 2017 Theatre programme will be announced here soon...