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Submitting your shows & participation fees

Once you have confirmed your show(s) you'll need to get them submitted via 'Eventotron'. It's at this point that you'll be required to pay the participation fees. For more information on fees see below.

We have now opened web only show registrations.

Download a free copy of our Show Registration Guide here! 


 

Show Registration FAQs

Discounts for multiple shows - this is not relevant to web listings. 

Discounts will be applied for multiple performances from the same artist, or multiple performances of the same event - as long as they are in the same venue category. The same person needs to register all of the shows to claim the discount.

*Details of the discount can be seen above.​​

Examples where the discount is applicable: ​

  • I'm an act and I'm registering 2 performances of the same show. 

 

  • I'm a promoter and I'm registering my Saturday comedy club for each weekend of the festival, it's the same show title and format, but with different line-ups.

Examples where the discount is NOT applicable. 

  • I'm an act and I'm registering both my tour show and my new WIP. 

  • I'm an agent and I'm registering 5 shows from 5 different artists. 

  • I'm an act and I'm registering my tour show in a 200 seats venue, and my WIP in a 50 seats venue.

 
Cancellation

There is no extra costs for the act or promoter when a show is cancelled, however registration fees are not refundable and are not a deposit. 

When do I have to pay the registration fees?

All fees are to be paid on Eventotron at the time of registering your shows. 

Why do we charge fees?

Submission fees are used to help sustain the festivals and are an important source of income for Big Difference Company, the registered charity which produces the festivals.  All acts who participate in the festivals, and pay the fees, benefit from a range of different support and services from the festival office.  These include:

 

A brochure & website entry

All shows that are registered before the deadline will be included in our festival brochures and be listed on our websites. A brochure entry tells audiences who you are, what your show is about, where & when they can see it and how much it will cost them. You write your own copy and submit it when you register your show(s) with the festivals. The same information is listed on our website and also includes a button to buy tickets for your show. 

Our websites are: www.comedy-festival.co.uk & www.ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk 

Marketing Campaign

We run a full marketing campaign to promote the festivals locally, nationally and internationally. We use our marketing resources to create marketing activity that will maximise audience reach and ticket sales across the festivals. We are constantly evaluating our approach and adapting our marketing activity each year to make sure we engage as many people as possible within our budgets.   

 

As part of the campaign, we produce a printed brochure and work with a dedicated distribution team and our team of volunteers to get these out across the city and county to bars, cafes, venues, hotels, restaurants, taxi ranks, hairdressers, libraries, dentists and anywhere else we can think of! You need to do your “core” distribution yourself (speak to your promoter/venue as they should be able to help with this). 

Marketing Guide & Press contact list

We publish a marketing guide each year that offers advice and guidance on making the most out of your show. It gives tips on how to promote your show locally, who to and when to start doing it. It also includes information on how to access a press contact list to send your PR to. Once the submission deadline has passed we’ll share this with all of the comedians taking part.

 

Festival Box Office

It is a condition of being part of the festivals that all acts submit a minimum of 30% of tickets to the festival ticket office.  Many acts choose to submit more.  Every year, we find more customers buying tickets via our Festival Box Office. There is no additional charge to you for this; you get access to details of your own sales and we send you the settlement after the festival, once we’ve done all the reconciliation (usually 6-8 weeks post festival).

 

Festival logos

The festival logos can be a really useful way to show you are part of “one of the top 5 comedy festivals in the world” (the guardian), and we ask all acts/promoters to use the logo on all their promotional material. The access to the logo and its guideline is included in the Marketing Guide.

 

Awards ceremony

Each year we organise an awards ceremony where we announce the winners in categories such as “best show”, “best new show”, "best kids' show" and many more. Nominations are decided by our awards panel, members of the public and the festivals team. Nominees are announced after the festivals have taken place, and a ceremony takes place at the end of March. All acts have the opportunity to sign up to have a panellist attend their show when they register. We do everything we can to ensure that a panel member attends your show but we cannot guarantee it. We hope the awards are a useful way to help recognise new and emerging acts and promoters/venues.

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General advice

We are here to support you!  There are never any guarantees that acts will sell out their shows at Leicester Comedy Festival or the UK Kids' Comedy Festival, nor guarantees that you will make money by taking part in the festival.  However, the team are here to support all our acts and promoters so please talk to us if you have any questions or want advice. 

Local & National media

Our PR team work with local and national media, which gets the Festivals a significant coverage. It’s especially important that we have up to date contact details so we can pass this on to our PR team. Our PR team may be in touch to ask for photos of you - especially if you are taking part in any competitions.

Social media & E-Newsletters

We have a growing number of social media platforms and try and keep up to date with new platforms as they emerge. We recommend that you make use of key social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

More details will be in the marketing guide but join in online to make the most of your festival experience.  (We know that some acts increase their twitter followers by a considerable amount when they take part in the festival so join in, tag @LeicsComedyFest and @kidscomedyfest. We also send regular e-newsletter to more than 5000 subscribers, promoting the different aspects of the festival and do newsletters about a variety of topics including shows in the county and fundraiser shows.

A Festival donation

If you are able to make an additional donation to the charity that produces the festivals we’d really appreciate it!  We know many acts want to support the festivals long term future, however, we also know that some acts aren’t able to do this so we’ve decided not to increase the basic fees and to update the structure to be as fair as we can for acts. 

 

Like most festivals we are having to explore new ways to generating income.  If every act donated £5, we would immediately raise £5,000.  The best bit about doing this is that we can also claim gift aid on these donations so the government would pay us 25% on all donations which would increase this amount to £6,250

 

As a charity we are non-profit making and want to work with you to ensure we can continue to deliver the festival, support new/emerging acts and celebrate British comedy.  Thank you for supporting what we do.

 

You’ll be able to donate when you submit your show(s).

Festival Fees
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