Birmingham celebrates the niche and obscure with its first podcast festival
On the weekend of the 7th July, Birmingham will host its first podcast festival, celebrating some of the city’s new media talent discussing the topics dear to their hearts.
Spoken-word artist Francesca Millican-Slater brings elements of her theatre show to the Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen; alongside music talk from Sodajerker, and discussions on pop culture, health and conspiracy theories. Tickets are on-sale via the festival’s website, brumpodfest.com.
Podcasting is big business in the US, with shows like Serial opening up the on-demand audio medium to new audiences. More and more Brits are discovering podcasts, thanks to the success of shows like My Dad Wrote a Porno and the Adam Buxton Podcast.
Last month, London hosted the British Podcast Awards, but the Birmingham Podcast Festival is determined to show that appetite and talent for the medium exists north of the Watford junction.
“Podcasting is about reaching a niche, and finding people who care about a specific thing. We’re really good at that in Birmingham, so I wanted to give Brummie podcasters a chance to get together and help listeners find new shows they might like”
said festival co-founder Mark Steadman.
Both days’ schedules have been curated to appeal to a variety of interests, and each show is only 45 minutes. Steadman promises “to help you find your new favourite podcast” while giving fans of the line-up a chance to meet.
This will be the UK’s second major podcast festival, following on from London’s, which is in its fourth year.
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