The Podcast Show, the biggest international festival for the business of podcasting, is back for a second year. This one-of-a-kind event is open to industry professionals, independent podcast creators, business leaders, emerging talent, and fans alike, and will see the podcast community gather for two days at The Business Design Center in Islington, London, on 24th & 25th May. Day and night, thousands of visitors are expected from around the world, with visitors from 25 countries already represented.
Headline partners for The Show this coming May are Acast and Amazon Music and Wondery. As well as brining well-loved voices from its extensive network, Acast will offer podcasters and advertisers a “choose your own adventure” – style experience, to learn how the creator economy in podcasting can work for them. Amazon Music and Wondery will be hosting their own exclusive sessions across the two days as well as delivering, for the second year, an Amazon Music and Wondery branded activation on the main show floor. Details will be announced soon.
Also joining as official partners this year are Audioboom, BBC Sounds, Global, Spotify, and Veritone. New partners joining the roster include Dolby, Tortoise Media, Simplecast, Adswizz, Sennheiser, Neumann, Bumper, Frequency, Musixmatch, Evergreen Podcasts, and AudioPlus.
This year, the show has partnered with YMU Entertainment, (a division of leading global talent group YMU), who will be taking part in the Preview Night, as well as taking over The Origin Theater between 9:30am and 12:30pm on both show days. The division will be showcasing – and in conversation with – their clients including Fearne Cotton, Gabby Lopez, Giovanna Fletcher, Cel Spellman, Raphael Rowe, and Jack Harries and key members of the YMU Entertainment leadership team.
On Day One, The Rise Up Stage will be presented in partnership with Listen and Arcade Media. Their talks will focus on what the podcast industry can learn from the creator economy. In line with this, they’ll be showcasing talent including Jordan Schwarzenberger (Host of Unboxed, Co-Founder of Arcade Media and manager of The Sidemen), Patricia Bright (Author, YouTuber and Founder of The Break), and top commissioners and reporters including Marta Biino (Creator Economy Reporter at Business Insider), Tom Pauc (Sky’s Senior Podcast Manager and host of Plot Twist podcast), Rae Votta (Global Podcast Content Lead at Netflix), and Pia Brady (Head of Creator Ventures at LinkedIn Editorial).
These names join those previously announced; Ashley Flowers, Dan Snow, Hala Taha, Nick Grimshaw, Jordan Harbinger, Spencer Matthews, Vogue Williams, Sam & Billie Faiers and William Hanson.
International speakers confirmed thus far include Emma Vaughn (Spotify Global Head of Advertising Business Development & Partnerships), Lory Martinez (Founder of Studio Ochenta), Julien Neuville (Co-Founder of Nouvelles Écoutes). Tom Höglund (Co-Founder at Epidemic Sound), Fatima Zaidi (CEO and Founder of Quill Inc), and Jeff Vidler (President and Founder of Signal Hill Insights).
This year, The Show will also launch its inaugural International Podcast Trailblazer Award, recognizing an individual who has made a global impact on the podcast industry. This will be announced at the Preview Night in the Business Design Centre on 23rd May, 7:30pm. Soon to be announced is the Industry Advisory Panel, a group of key influential players from across the industry, which will ensure the festival caters to the international podcast community. The panel will select the winner.
The Podcast Show LIVE will host a week-long podcast festival promoted by TEG Live Europe. The evening shows will take place around London from 22-28 May, celebrating world-class talent and bringing some favourite voices to the stage. The Show is pleased to announce live shows from Kermode & Mayo’s Take, Tape Notes Live with Adam Buxton!, Tea With Me – Shane Todd, The Socially Distant Sports Bar, AFTV: The Invincible Podcast, and The Useless Hotline. These are taking place across Isilngton at Union Chapel, Islington Assembly Hall and The Business Design Centre, with more to be announced.
The Business Design Centre is a stone’s throw away from Kings Cross train station and the Eurostar. Delegate Day Passes are on sale now at thepodcastshowlondon.com. Prices start from £55 (Day Pass) and £99 (2 Day Pass), with a limited number of £30 tickets for those aged 30 and under. Produced by AV Media & Events (AVME), a joint venture between SME London and GetOnMedia.
Pledging to support the Equality in Audio Pact, The Podcast Show encourages and nurtures continued opportunities, including supporting gender balance, minority groups including LGBTQIA+ and ethnic diversity among panelists, speakers and those in attendance. For more information about the act, visit: equalityinaudiopact.co.uk.