Underbelly Festival 2017 to merge with London Wonderground


23 Mar 17


Much-heralded South Bank arts festival merges with London Wonderground for fresh experience

It has been announced today that two popular London festivals, the London Wonderground, and Underbelly Festival, will merge to form Underbelly Festival 2017.

A line up of Herculean proportions has just been announced, running from April through to the tail end of September.

We love any excuse for a jaunt on the South Bank to get us away from the chainy restaurants along it and into a labyrinth of the arts, so we’re especially pleased to hear that this smorgasbord of hedonism lasts until the last day of September. Find us enjoying circus, comedy and street food (many pioneering new productions will premiere here, alongside time-worn ones like the Quebec circus company from last year’s Fringe).

More unmissable acts from the worlds of comedy, theatre and burlesque include Comedy Club 4 Kids, House of Burlesque, Sean Kelly, Ed Gamble, Jason Byrne and The Extraordinary Cabaret of Dorian Gray.

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See critically-acclaimed performances of men in their pants, and a fabulous Thatcher satire

The slew of performances just announced include something called Margaret Thatcher Queen of Gameshows – we’ll say no more on the matter because you’ll surely be booking with haste by now anyway.

More, more more! Other acts performing include Briefs, the award-winning male ‘boylesque’ cirque-cabaret show that leaves little to the imagination, and some of the most rip-roaring and innovative new comedians on the circuit, as well as James Acaster, Sara Pascale and The Festival of the Spoken Nerd.

We’d also recommend wandering into this dizzying world on the South Bank with no tickets in hand. Say, for instance, because there’s a long queue for tickets. Take solace at “one of the largest outdoor bars in London”, shaking its tail feather on the South Bank this season.

A stiff dose of festival spirit, at your disposal from April, with or without a ticket to a game-changing new show.

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