On Fri 23 Feb, Aviva Studios hosts Live from The Fete of Britain, a one-off night of searing topical comedy which dismantles the absurdities of society in 2024 and takes a scalpel to ‘the multi-faceted nightmare’ of the modern world at large.

Part of an innovative and eclectic four-day programme of workshops, talks, performances and play dedicated to addressing the most prominent challenges of the 21st century, Live from The Fete of Britain unites a stellar group of cultural luminaries for an evening of biting social satire, profound political insight and fascinating human stories.

Drawing inspiration from his New York Times bestseller So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and his hit BBC podcast Things Fell Apart, celebrated journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson kicks off the event with a selection of hilarious, scarcely-believable tales about the origins of today’s festering culture war, and provides some ingenious ideas about how we move forward in collective harmony. Afterwards, a cohort of illustrious comics bring the house down with sets from Rosie Holt, Desiree Burch, Stuart Goldsmith and Britain’s most caustic, cantankerous newscaster, Jonathan Pie.

Click here to book tickets to Live from The Fête of Britain.

Taking place the following night as part of The Fête of Britain, LOWD Soundsystem present a blockbuster free show in the South Warehouse, bringing their revolutionary sound to Manchester in a sonic celebration of cultural defiance, local community and social and ecological causes, with a line-up including Chimpo, Jenna G, Fox, Black Josh, Chunky, J.Chambers and more. Click here to book tickets.

The Fête of Britain is a four-day celebration of collaboration and imagination in the face of the great challenges of our time. From the climate crisis to the cost of living, nothing is off the table. The Fête of Britain takes over Aviva Studios from 22 to 25 February. Find out more: The Fête of Britain

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Fri 23 Feb, 7pm, Aviva Studios,
South Warehouse, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
, £10-£22
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Thu 15 Feb 2024