See top class comedy just a crawl away
THE Southport Comedy Festival’s pub crawl with a twist is back and bigger than ever this year, with four crawls scheduled for 2018.
The comedy crawls are supported by Southport Business Improvement District (BID), and attempts to bring all the fun of the festival to smaller venues that usually would not benefit. Tickets are just £5.
Organiser and comic Brendan Riley said: “It’s a great way for us to bring the festival into places that wouldn’t usually have gigs.
“These bars are paying a levy for BID to exist so it’s good for BID to support this event and give something back.”
Sixteen venues will take part in the crawls, with four bars taking place in each one.
This means that the crawls have grown four-fold, after last year’s took in only four venues, and demonstrates the growth of the festival itself. The pub crawls start at: Kokomo Coffee & Wine Bar, Bold Street, Thursday, October 4.
Rueters Bar & Grill, Hoghton Street, Tuesday, October 9.
The Phoenix, Coronation Walk, Monday, October 15.
Veronica’s, Lord Street, Thursday, October 18.
Brendan said: “Over the last two years we’ve expanded the festival, and the BID are instrumental in helping us do that.
“It’s a way of getting the gigs in, and increasing trade in these bars that people don’t usually go to, because there’s some great little beer places in Southport.
“Customers only know about one place, the first pub we start in.
“After that it’s a mystery tour, we’ll watch a comedian in the first place then we get the tannoy out and move on, en masse, get a drink in the next place and then another comedian gets up and does 15 minutes.”
Brendan got involved with the festival as part of a rescue mission following the cancellation of the 2010 festival, and it has gone from strength to strength since.
Speaking of his first involvement, Brendan said: “There were some shows that had already been booked in the Southport Theatre before it was cancelled, the stuff we did was more like a fringe.
“I thought it was massive at the time but now I look at the brochure it was tiny!
“Then we got it to 11 days, and last year we turned it into 18.
“It all felt a bit crammed in 11 days, we were running around too much and people were missing out on shows. “It’s a bit of a beast now!” To book tickets to one of the crawls or any of the events, visit: www.southportcomedyfestival.com
Southport comedy Festival founder and organiser Brendan Riley