Finding a Venue

To perform at Leicester Comedy Festival the first thing you need to do is find yourself a 'spot' in a venue. Most venues are booked by comedy promoters who come to the city for the festival. Below is a list of core venues and promoters that run shows in Leicester Comedy Festival and their booking details.  There may well be other venues which are not listed but can host Festival events; if you need more information do get in touch.

Make sure you research the venues you're interested in - check the location, the size, how they promote their events, do they run regular comedy nights, check Facebook, check Twitter and ask other comics about their experiences.

When you get in contact make sure you discuss:

  • Dates & times

  • Set length

  • Any technical requirements for your show

  • What promotion they’ll help with, what promotion you’ll provide

  • The ‘deal’ – who is getting the ticket income, who is paying the Festival Fees

 

Online shows

In 2021, due to the national lockdown, we went digital! With the uncertainty of the situation, even if live events are allowed in February, we are keen to keep some digital content to the festivals. Acts and promoters can programme live stream of their events, or online only shows as part of the festivals. 

Live shows

We’ll update this list as more venues register. If you are, or are working with, a new venue – make sure the venue is registered before you submit your show on Eventotron.

If you know that any of the details here are incorrect please get in touch.

*Click on the images to visit the venue's website*

Attenborough Arts Centre

The main hall can be seated for a capacity of 90, 60 or 50.​

Beer Pharmacie

Capacity is 90

Birstall Co-Op Sports & Social Club

Capacity is 120

Just the Tonic @ Brew Dog

Darrell Martin - darrell@justthetonic.com

The performance space upstairs has a capacity of 100.

Curve Theatre

The theatre has a capacity of 902. The studio has a capacity of 282.

De Montfort Hall

The theatre has a capacity of 1500.

Please note there is no guarantee that De Montfort Hall will be open for live shows in February 2021, but you can still get in touch for more information.

Firebug

Triple CeePee- tripleceepee@gmail.com

The room upstairs has a capacity of 80.

The Guildhall

Leicester Guildhall – capacity 60

Guildhall Mayor Parlour - cap  50

Guildhall Library – cap 30

Guildhall The Great Hall – cap 120

Just the Tonic @ Hansom Hall

Darrell Martin - darrell@justthetonic.com

The venue has two performance areas, The Wee One has a capacity of 100 and The Big Room has a capacity of 250.

Knight and Garter

Downstairs room capacity - 50

Loughborough Town Hall

The venue has two performance spaces.  The first is the main auditorium which has a capacity of 522, the second is the Victoria room with a capacity of 182.

Grays @LCB Depot

Alex Hylton - joufreefest@gmail.com

The venue has three performance spaces.  The cafe has a capacity of 60, the gallery has a capacity of 50 and the lightbox has a capacity of 75.

Manhattan34 (Jokes on Us)

Alex Hylton - joufreefest@gmail.com

The performance space has a capacity of 70.

Nineteen Twelve

Capacity is 150

PETER Pizzeria

The performance space is the Violin room upstairs and has a capacity of 90.

Socially distanced capacity: 20-25

All shows can be live-streamed online.

Pied Bull

Capacity is 90 

Queen of Bradgate

The Cinema Room (100) and the Ping Pong Room (100) are both upstairs at Queen of Bradgate. 

Soft Touch Arts

Christina Wigmore - chris@soft-touch.org.uk

The main hall has a capacity of 80, or 60 if using cabaret style tables.

Sue Townsend Theatre

Available for hire on weekends and evenings. The theatre has a capacity of 250

Please note there is no guarantee that the Sue Townsend Theatre will be open for live shows in February 2021, but you can still get in touch for more information.

Syston Brookside Club

Capacity of 130

The Midland Railway

Function room available to hire

The Big Difference

(Formerly The Cookie)

Charlotte Laidet - charlotte@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

The performance space has a capacity 100.

Socially distanced capacity: 20-25

All shows can be live streamed online.

The Globe

The venue has a capacity of 50.

The Exchange Bar (Jokes on Us)

Alex Hylton - joufreefest@gmail.com

The venue has a room situated downstairs and can hold a capacity of 70.

The Little Theatre

The Theatre has a main auditorium which seats 349, along with an additional studio space. 

The Noels Arms

Jon Pearson - jon@jonpearson.co.uk

A 40 - 70 capacity venue situated in Melton Mowbray

Just the Tonic @ The Shed

Darrell Martin - darrell@justthetonic.com

There are two performance spaces. The main stage has a capacity of 60 and a there is a capacity of 35 in the Vault

The Y Theatre

Capacities can vary with different layouts. 

Fully seated capacity is 300 seats. 

Upstairs at the Western

Capacity 42 seats.