Line-up revealed for Leeds Festival Alternative Stage

Seann Walsh, at last year's Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber
Seann Walsh, at last year's Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber

The line-up for the Alternative Stage at this summer’s Leeds Festival has been revealed with a number of top comedy names set to add to the entertainment at the summer bank holiday spectacular at Bramham Park.

Top stars from the British stand-up scene appear in afternoon and early evening slots at the festival every year and 2013 is offering up another excellent bill sure to provide plenty of big laughs.

Big names for this year include Russell Kane, whose brand of arch and intelligent observations have made him a long-time festival favourite, and comedian, presenter, political activist and self-proclaimed “libertarian anarchist” Mark Thomas, with both appearing on the opening day, Friday, August 23.

Also set to provide the laughs on the first day are Stand Up For The Week star Paul Chowdry, the highly original Jarred Christmas, Canadian rising star Katherine Ryan, award winning South African comedian Trevor Noah and American satirist Jamie Kilstein.

British comedienne Tiffany Stevenson will be looking to add to her growing reputation along with Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2012 winner Romesh Ranganathan, one-liner comic Mark Simmons, and the sharply witted Joel Dommet, who will be MC.

The following day will be headed up by the charismatic Seann Walsh, who is no stranger to the Leeds Festival, and TV regular Nathan Caton.

Also on the bill are another rising British star, Rob Beckett, as well as one of the biggest comedy tips of the year, Luisa Omielan, and New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis, who brings his infamous live show to the UK this year in the form of his musical trio Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain. Host is Jim Smallman, who has achieved numerous awards and glowing reviews for his stand-up shows.

Sunday’s line-up includes top US stand-up Rob Delaney, charming British TV regular Josh Widdicombe and Carl Donnelly, whose novelty dance off promises high energy fun and plenty of laughs.

Joining them will be metalhead comedian Andrew O’Neill plus Ellis James, who recently supported Rhod Gilbert on tour, winner of the ‘BBC New Comedy Award’ 2012 Lucy Beaumont and razor sharp comedienne Suzi Ruffell. MC is Irish comic Andrew Ryan.

For the seventh year running, Transgressive & Friends will be taking over the Alternative Stage on the Saturday and Sunday, promising their eclectic, after-hours blend of star live acts, special guests, DJs and visuals.

The UK’s biggest club night, Propaganda, will run the Alternative Stage on the Friday for an incredible audio-visual extravaganza.

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