Comedy addition to Leeds Festival

Lee Nelson.
Lee Nelson.
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Several additions have been made to the Alternative Stage line-up at this summer’s Leeds Festival.

A host of top comedy names have already been confirmed for the August Bank Holiday event, including Russell Kane, Seann Walsh and Mark Thomas, but to their ranks comes more acts certain to bring the laughs to this increasingly popular festival arena.

They include Lee Nelson, who will be bringing his “qwaliteeee” jokes, games and banter to the Alternative Stage on Sunday, August 25.

Known for his unique outlook on life and having enjoyed sell-out status on his live tour and with TV hits ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show’ and BBC Three’s ‘Lee Nelson’s Funny People, he is set to get the crowds in the mood.

Also set to appear on Saturday, August 24 is Judah Friedlander World Champion, another with a unique style whose deadpan delivery and affable engagement with his audience has won him acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Renowned for his distinctive look and ego-free style, his stand-up touches upon everything from climate change, gay marriage and immigration to his own athletic prowess.

A household name from his role on TV show ‘30 Rock’, he is the author of ‘How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion’.

Holly Walsh, a regular on the likes of Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats on TV, is another welcome addition for the Saturday bill while The Dead Poets will be challenging the preconceptions of poetry and hip-hop in a slot on the Friday.

Transgressive will once again take over the Alternative Stage on the evenings. In the past they have featured DJ and live performances from Disclosure, Metronomy, AlunaGeorge, Everything Everything, SBTRKT and Warpaint and this year’s takeover will feature F*** Buttons, London Grammar, Foals, Pulled Apart By Horses, Jon Hopkins and more.

Tickets are still available for the 2013 Leeds Festival, which will be headlined by Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro. For details, visit or or ring 0871 2310821. Tickets can be bought at face value, in person when paid for in cash at Leeds Visitor Centre.