The Podcast Show, the biggest international festival for the business of podcasting, is back for a second year following the success of 2022’s inaugural show. This one-of-a-kind event is open to industry professionals, independent podcast creators, business leaders, emerging talent and fans alike. The aim is to celebrate podcasting, support new creators, help shape the future of podcasting, and get business done. The festival will take place across two days at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 24 & 25 May 2023, in the heart of the city’s media district.
In May 2022, the show brought together over 9,500 visitors (day and night) from the audio and broadcast industry, from every corner of the globe, to learn, do business and network. It was an international celebration the industry, with visitors from 28 countries, including the US, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Canada, Spain, Denmark, and Brazil. 2023 promises tome no different, with 48% of confirmed partners and speakers coming from outside of the UK.
The show delivered some of the most recognizable faces in podcasting including Louis Theroux, Emily Maitlis, Gary Lineker, Annie MacManus, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, The Receipts, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, through to leading players in the business. This year, The Podcast Show is bigger and more ambitious – with more live shows, more networking opportunities, more content, and more of the biggest names in the industry.
Headline partners are Acast and Amazon Music and Wondery. Acast will present a new version of The Creators Corner, allowing independent creators and advertisers to take the first steps in podcast advertising and monetisation. Attendees can hear from key figures in the industry, as well as interact with show partners and their commissioners to network, learn and absorb. They’ll also host The Studio Stage, a space for big talks with industry players and renowned talent.
Amazon Music and Wondery will once again present The Amplify Theater, in association with IAB UK, showcasing everything from global industry players to the industry’s hottest topics. They’ll be hosting their own exclusive sessions across the two days as well as delivering, for the second year, an Amazon Music and Wonder branded activation on the main floor.
The show will host 130+ in-person panels and session with industry leaders, creators and some of the most recognizable faces in podcasting. There will be a wide range of talks to fit attendees at every stage in their careers, whether just starting out or seasoned professionals.
The Podcast Show is thrilled to announce the headline Keynote Speaker for Day 1, Ashley Flowers. She is the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie and founder and chief creative officer of audiochuck, one of the top media and podcasting companies in the world, which has generated over 1.5 billion downloads and has listeners in over 170 countries. This past year, Flowers released her debut novel “All Good People Here”, which became an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Further speakers confirmed for the lineup include Dan Snow, Hala Taha, Nick Grimshaw, Jordan Harbinger, Spencer Matthews, Vogue Williams, Sam Faiers & Billie Faiers, William Hanson & Jordan North, with more to be announced.
500+ brands attended in 2022 to meet the podcast community. With this number set to grow this year, the Brand Works Theater on the main show floor has been doubled in size. This will be presented by Global in association with Fresh Air, with Campaigh & PodPod supporting. Expect to see some of the biggest brands up close and personal.
A major new development for this year’s show is the Pre-Show Party and Preview taking place on Tuesday 23 May. With doors opening the night before the main show, this is the opportunity to meet all of the international exhibitors and partners first, and have a sneak preview of the show. With a limited number of tickets on offer, this promises to be the hottest podcasting ticket in town and will include complementary drinks, special guest appearances, and networking.