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Everything you need to know about the Underbelly Festival in London

25 March 2022 by TodayTix
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Since Underbelly Festival began in 2000, the summer event attracts world-class talent to London. Cabaret performers, comedians, and variety acts have all performed, with thousands of audience members soaking up the sunshine and excellent shows.

Did you know that Underbelly Festival is back in London in 2022 with two festivals at two locations? We can’t wait for the Underbelly fun at Cavendish Square and Earls Court.

The big purple cow is back alongside a Big Top full of live shows, a beach, rides and loads of outdoor food and drink.

Here’s a lowdown on the history of Underbelly Festival and the acts you can see this summer.

Book Underbelly Festival tickets in London on TodayTix.

When did Underbelly start?

Directors Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood founded Underbelly in 2000. Underbelly is a British-based entertainment company dedicated to promoting, presenting and producing a diverse line-up of acts.

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Photos by Jacinta Oaten

When did the Underbelly Festival come to London?

The Underbelly Festival started in London, in 2009 on the South Bank. By 2015, the festival had extended to 15 weeks and in 2019, it was a 26-week long festival. 

If you’ve missed the festival atmosphere or just live entertainment over the past year, Underbelly Festival is the place to go. Celebrating a variety of different art forms, you can guarantee you’ll see a new show that fits into a multitude of genres. The majority of Underbelly Festival shows have a 60-minute running time too and Underbelly Festival tickets start from just £15, so you can fit a show into part of any day’s plan.

Where is the Underbelly Festival in London in 2022? 

Yes! Underbelly Festival will be taking over London from 28 April to 31 July. Currently, five shows are announced, but stay tuned for even more shows in the Underbelly Festival lineup.

La Clique

Which shows are at the Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square in 2022?

The Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square begins with La Clique (13 May – 3 July). The trail-blazing cabaret show features world-class acts that will shock and delight. Book La Clique tickets on TodayTix.

Acclaimed comedians and entertainers will also perform at Underbelly Festival. The London Comedy Allstars (6 May – 29 July) will have you laughing every Friday night this summer. Book London Comedy Allstars tickets on TodayTix.

Award-winning Australian cabaret performers YUMMY are back in London with their newest show ICONIC (5 – 31 July). ICONIC rolls comedy, costumes and breathtaking routines all in one. Book YUMMY ICONIC tickets on TodayTix.

Which shows are at the Underbelly Festival at Earls Court in 2022?

The Underbelly Festival in Earls Court is located on the site of the former Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre. You don’t even need a ticket to enter the site; there’s outdoor bars, street food and fairground rides to keep you entertained. If you’re looking for the best entertainment in the city, the Underbelly Festival has you sorted.

See contortionists and acrobats pull off unbelievable tricks in Circus Abyssinia: Tulu (24 May – 18 June.) The Ethiopian company will celebrate their country’s athlete, Derartu Tulu. Book Circus Abyssinia: Tulu tickets on TodayTix.

The show may be named Unfortunate (21 June – 16 July), but you’ll be glad to see it! The Little Mermaid parody explores what Ursula thought of Ariel. Book Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch tickets on TodayTix.