A new live event venture, Podcast Live, launches today. A first of its kind business, it aims to take the UKs leading factual podcasters into venues across the country to host interactive versions of their shows in front of a live audience. Events will be both single and multi-day, covering areas including politics, sport, lifestyle and wellness.
The first Podcast Live event (Sunday 7th April at The Light in Central London) will cover politics and feature up to 10 separate shows. Confirmed podcasts for launch include:
- For The Many – featuring broadcaster Iain Dale and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith;
- The Times Red Box – with journalist and commentator Matt Chorley;
- Delingpod – with James Delingpole talking to Brendan O’Neill;
- How I Found My Voice – the new podcast from Intelligence Squared; and
- Remainiacs – the no bullsh*t Brexit podcast
Other shows will be announced in the coming weeks. The shows will all be recorded for subsequent release by the podcasters.
Tickets are available for individual shows or for the whole day at podcastlive.com.
Podcast Live was founded by a team of experienced media professionals from across radio and podcasting, and is led by Chairman Phil Riley, founder of Heart FM and former boss of LBC, along with Creative Director Matt Deegan, co-creator of the British Podcast Awards and the Next Radio conference.
Phil Riley said “Podcast Live is an exciting new concept, allowing creators to feed off a live audience as well as giving fans a chance to meet their favourite hosts in the flesh. Demand for amazing podcast content is soaring and I’m thrilled that Podcast Live is going to help push the medium further.”
Matt Deegan added “We know the most successful podcasters want to do more for their audiences. Podcast Live will be an easy way for them to put on live shows up and down the country. As well as meeting their own fans, it will expose them to new audiences and provide creatives with an additional revenue stream.”
Andrew Harrison, Producer of Remainiacs said: “We’re massively excited to bring Remainiacs to Podcast Live where we can share our brand of finely-honed treacherous remoaning with new listeners. Live shows are a huge part of the podcast explosion and there will be no better place to be than at The Light on April 7th.“
Matt McAllester from Intelligence Squared said “The Intelligence Squared podcast began as a live podcast so this is a natural fit for us; we’re really excited about being part of Podcast Live and showcasing our new show, ‘How I Found My Voice’ with Samira Ahmed, as part of the program.”