Katherine Ryan to headline first Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival 2024

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Katherine Ryan is headlining at Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival.

Comedienne Katherine Ryan will headline the Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival, which will take place within the grounds of the iconic landmark on Sunday, 28 July.

The first large-scale, open-air comedy festival to happen in Leeds, The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is a 4,500 capacity event bringing an array of the county’s very best and brightest comics to a truly unique Yorkshire venue. 

Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is running a special postcode pre-sale event in order to allow local residents to secure their spot at the festival before tickets go on general sale 48 hours later. LS4, LS5, LS13 & LS18 postcodes have exclusive 48-hour access to priority tickets available from today. To purchase pre-sale tickets, enter your postcode prefix (eg LS13).

The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival boasts a line up including award-winning Canadian comedian and presenter Katherine Ryan (8 Out of 10 Cats, Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo) and surrealist stand up Ross Noble (Have I Got News For You, BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute).

Joining them are the likes of the hilarious Yorkshire comic Maisie Adam (Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You?, QI), US comedian Reginald D. Hunter (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You), spooky live sensation Clinton Baptiste, writer and comedian Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster, Man Down, Tim Key’s Late-Night Poetry Programme) and the self-deprecating, Eton-educated stand up Ivo Graham (Live at the Apollo, QI, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You). Completing the line-up are comedy rising star Stephen Bailey (Unbreakable, House of Games) and the cult-stand up hero turned viral-sensation Jeff Innocent.

The Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is the result of a new collaboration between Futuresound and Leeds Comedy Festival, the city’s biggest comedy promoter. Futuresound are the team behind events including Live At Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival and Ed Sheeran’s performances at Roundhay Park as well as kicking off a forthcoming summer series of concerts with special performances from Embrace and Madness, also to be held within the walls of Kirkstall Abbey.

General admission and Premium Seated tickets available – which include priority access and access to ‘Bobs Monkhouse’, a premium hangout area in the Abbey’s cloister,

The festival will be for ages 14+ and the gates will open at 2.30pm on the day.

Andy Smith, Director – Futuresound Group, said: “We’re so excited to be working with House of Fun and Leeds Comedy Festival to bring this amazing bill to the iconic Kirkstall Abbey.

“We are always looking for ways to bring new and exciting events to Leeds so when the possibility of collaborating with the city’s most respected comedy promoters came up we jumped at the chance. With some of the biggest names in comedy on-board this is shaping up to be a brilliant day with some household names, exciting new voices and lots more to close out our weekend at the Abbey.”

Tickets go on general sale from 28 February here.

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