World-class entertainment, street food and bars will be on offer across two udderly brilliant sites, Cavendish Square and Earls Court
25th March 2022: Underbelly has today announced their dazzling programme of events for their Underbelly Festival this Summer which promises to be a feast of top-quality live entertainment, amazing outdoor bars, and premium street food. Underbelly Festival’s summer events are running at Earls Court, on the former Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre site, from 5th May – 16th July and at Cavendish Square from 28th April – 31st July. Tickets will go on sale at underbellyfestival.com from Friday 25th March at 10am*.
The capital’s original pop-up is getting set to return and will offer a double dose of live entertainment and laughter across two brilliant spots: Earls Court and Cavendish Square.
The iconic Upside Down Purple Cow, Udderbelly, is set to return to Earls Court this summer with jaw-dropping circus acts, comedy shows that will leave you crying with laughter, and entertainment for all the family. All of this, alongside beautiful outdoor bars and delicious street food.
Underbelly Festival will once again make the heart of the West End home this spring, just off London’s Oxford Street in Cavendish Square. Underbelly Festival’s majestic Spiegeltent will be back and serving up another helping of superb cabaret, shows for comedy-lovers that include the biggest LOL-worthy names in the festival’s favourite late night show London Comedy Allstars, and the most fabulous drag shows in town. The perfect spot for lunch al fresco or after work drinks in the city.
Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, Underbelly co-directors, said:
“Underbelly Festival is a sure sign that summer is approaching and we are so excited for what 2022 has in store. To be able to announce such a brilliant programme of live comedy, circus, cabaret and drag variety at its very best is such an honour and we couldn’t be more proud of the shows on the line-up. Being back at Earls Court and Cavendish Square is the perfect fit so do come along for top-quality live entertainment, amazing outdoor bars, and premium street food. We hope to see you there!”
Rob Heasman, CEO of The Earls Court Development Company, said:
“We’re delighted to bring the Underbelly Festival back to Earls Court from May. Last year over 114,000 people were entertained on this site that enjoys such a strong creative heritage and with a star-studded line-up of shows, theatre and comedy, Earls Court is the place to be this summer. The return of Underbelly will once again create new jobs and training opportunities for local people. We have an exciting year ahead of us as we continue opening the site back up – and this is just the beginning as we work to bring the wonder back to Earls Court.”
Underbelly is in the process of submitting planning applications for the Underbelly festival across two London locations. Everything outlined above within the release will be subject to planning and licensing approval.
* Tickets purchased through underbellyfestival.com are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2022 (more to be announced soon):
CIRCUS ABYSSINIA – TULU – 24 MAY – 18 JUNE, EARLS COURT
A dazzling showcase of superhuman strength, speed, skill, and flight lands in Earls Court this spring. Celebrating the true tale of an Ethiopian Olympic icon, Derartu Tulu. Circus Abyssinia blends together an unmissable performance of breath-taking contortion, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and mesmerising fire-juggling with a rocking, exuberant soundtrack.
UNFORTUNATE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH – 21 JUNE – 16 JULY, EARLS COURT
Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. From multi-award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre and fresh from complete sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK comes this critically acclaimed hit parody musical. ‘Unfortunate’ splashes into Earls Court this summer for its London premiere – and things are gonna get wet. Join everyone’s favourite Disney Diva, Ursula, as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, it’s time to take the plunge and dive into this year’s hottest night out.
LA CLIQUE – 13 MAY – 3 JULY, CAVENDISH SQUARE
The original, trailblazing, genre-defining cabaret show returns to London this Spring with an exceptional coterie of international cabaret and circus superstars. Step inside Underbelly’s majestic Spiegeltent just off Oxford Circus for a uniquely La Clique night of the finest, funniest, phenomenal and awe-inspiring cabaret.
LONDON COMEDY ALLSTARS – 6 MAY – 29 JULY (EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT), CAVENDISH SQUARE
Join us every Friday night for a huge lineup of the best comedy talent on offer. London Comedy Allstars is your one-stop shop for the biggest laughs, the best location, and your new favourite summer night out. In conjunction with media partner British Comedy Guide.
Performers for 2022 include: Catherine Bohart, Lauren Pattison, Glenn Moore, Nabil Abdulrashid, Sara Barron, Lou Sanders, Ahir Shah, Luke Kempner, Phil Wang, Pierre Novellie, Sindu Vee, Fin Taylor, Steve Bugeja. *more acts to be announced in due course*.
YUMMY – ICONIC – 5 JULY – 31 JULY, CAVENDISH SQUARE
Award magnets YUMMY are back in London due to popular demand! With a wild new show that celebrates and subverts cultural icons, legends, and superstars, YUMMY ICONIC is drag variety at its very best. YUMMY has changed the world of drag cabaret and can’t wait to bring their unique brand of salacious variety back to the main stage! Get in quick as YUMMY are in town for a limited time only.