Now in its 10th year along the Southbank, the Underbelly Festival is a highlight of editor Emma Clarendon’s calendar. Here’s five reasons why she loves visiting it each year… 


1. There is always something for everybody to enjoy: no matter whether you love circus, comedy, cabaret or looking for some family entertainment, the Underbelly Festival caters for all sorts of tastes. Featuring a variety of acts from all across the world, the festival feels like a true celebration of people of all backgrounds and cultures that is a real joy to behold.

2. The atmosphere: whenever you pop into visit the Underbelly festival, there is certainly always a lovely buzz of laughter and chatter as Londoners relax and take in a show or two. It is a great way to spend a summer evening whether you are in need of a place to catch up with friends or in search or entertainment – if you don’t feel happy when you enter the space, you certainly will by the time that you leave. Even when it is busy, the outdoor area is still a relaxing place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of central London.


3. Plenty of food and drink to available to buy: if you are feeling peckish the Underbelly festival has plenty of variety to cater for all needs and tastes, making it an even more sociable way to spend an evening with plenty of different spaces to sit, eat, drink and watch the world go by.

4. Reasonably priced tickets: suitable for those who love live entertainment but don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on tickets this is the perfect venue. With tickets costing from roughly £10 upwards, you will guaranteed to find something you want to watch for a reasonable price.

5. It’s now in its 10th year and is still proving as popular as ever: 2018 sees the Underbelly festival celebrating its 10th anniversary along the Southbank and it seems to be stronger than ever. Consistently coming up with a strong programme of acts that will draw people back time and time again is no easy task, yet the Underbelly Festival manages to due to its ability to celebrate new and emerging talent from across the globe presented to entertain and delight audiences.

By Emma Clarendon 

The Underbelly Festival continues along the Southbank until the 30th September. For more information visit:


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