Ins and outs of Underbelly Festival

 

Underbelly Festival

If you have never been to Underbelly Festival in London you are probably thinking ‘what on Earth is underbelly?!’ Well, consider this a guide to all things Underbelly.

What exactly is it?

Situated along London’s Southbank, Underbelly is a combination of previously named Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground. Essentially, Underbelly is a really cool area full of food, entertainment and an all round great atmosphere. Entry into the grounds itself in order to access the food and drink areas is free of charge. Everything is very quirky and beautiful with windy paths and roof top areas to drink on. There is then also a theatre space with a different piece of entertainment every day. There is something for all the family and shows range from circus to burlesque. It is a pop up summer festival running until the end of September that you cannot miss! Even if you just go for a wonder around to absorb the atmosphere, it’s one of my must see places this summer in London.

What is on?

A majority of the shows at Underbelly are under £20 per ticket, with most only lasting an hour. This makes them perfect for families. You get the chance to see wonderful entertainment without the West End prices. There is such a huge variety of entertainment that I guarantee there is something for everyone. I would really recommend checking out ‘Briefs: Close Encounters’, ‘Children Are Stinky’, ‘Hans: Mein Camp’ and ‘Club Briefs’. As you can probably tell there is a real circus type vibe about this performances. Expect lots of glitter, acrobatics,men in heels and nudity. It’s not for everyone, but it makes for great lighthearted fun on a summers evening! There is great entertainment for the kids in particular.

Here is a list of what is on and when:

  • Briefs: Close Encounters 14th July-30th September
  • Best of Burlesque 21st-22nd July
  • Children Are Stinky 22nd-27th July TICKETS HERE
  • Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School 24th July-18th September
  • Bang Said the Gun 25th July TICKETS HERE
  • Hans: Mein Camp 25h July TICKETS HERE
  • Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic 26th-28th July
  • House of Burlesque 2.0 13th May-15th September
  • The Tap Pack 31st July-1st August
  • Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum 31st July
  • Jungle Book 1st-24th August TICKETS HERE
  • Le Bouge Neon 19th May-21st September
  • Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique 13th July-28th September
  • Miss Polly Rae: Between the Sheets 15th June-29th September
  • Black Cat Cabaret 20th May-22nd September
  • Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall 7th May-24th September TICKETS HERE
  • Swing Out 19th June-11th September
  • Iconic: a Brief History of Drag 8th August
  • Courtney Act: the Girl From Oz 9th-11th August TICKETS HERE
  • Aurora Galore: Glamorous Weirdo 14th June-16th August
  • Fantastic Beaver and Where to Find Her 22nd August
  • Gin House Burlesque: the Roaring Twenties Revue 23rd August-27th September
  • Vintage Jitterbug Contest 26th June-28th August
  • Mother’s Ruin: a Cabaret About Gin 30th August
  • The Magnets: Naked 80s 31st August
  • Ashes to Ashes: a Cabaret Tribute to David Bowie 2nd September
  • English Comedian of the Year Grand Finale 5th September TICKETS HERE
  • Stars and Strippers! An All American Burlesque Revue 6th July-6th September
  • Christine Bovill’s PIAF 7th-14th September
  • Eyes Down! Bingo with Ida Barr 24th June-9th September
  • Myra Dubois: Dubois Entendre 13th September
  • Neon Moon: The Electric Rodeo Circus 16th September
  • Boudoir Circus 19th September TICKETS HERE
  • Dusty Limits: Mandrogyny 20th September
  • Bad Luck Cabaret 25th September
  • The A/W 2017 Xtravaganzah 26th September
  • Club Briefs 19th August-30th September

 Guests can enjoy cabaret acts, circus and family entertainment

What can I eat and drink?

The food and drink served in the grounds of Underbelly are great alternatives to street food. You can get just about anything you could possibly want. There are waffles covered in chocolate and strawberrys or burgers better than you can imagine. The setting is stunning with deck chairs and bumper car style seats. If you are looking for the perfect summer Instagram, this is where you need to be!

Is there anything else in the area?

Underbelly is in a great location too. Whilst you’re there you can check out so many things. You are next to the London Eye and only over the river from Big Ben. There is the Southbank Centre which sometimes has exhibitions or performances on of its own. They are particularly good at holding events for the children in the summer. There are food stalls up and down the river and there is a ‘Snog’ double decker if you wish to eat frozen yogurt on top of a double decker bus overlooking the river.

What else?

There is a huge book sale too and a set of really cool bright orange benches in strange shapes (it’s an art exhibition in itself). In addition, there are always crazy buskers performing. Southbank is always full of energy and excitement. There is always lots going on and there seems to be different festivals and performances on every day. So if you head to Underbelly, make sure to wander up and down the river too. Make the most of my absolute favourite area of London.

The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

What can I eat and drink?

The food and drink served in the grounds of Underbelly are great alternatives to street food. You can get just about anything you could possibly want. There are waffles covered in chocolate and  or burgers better than you can imagine. The setting is stunning with deck chairs and bumper car style seats. If you are looking for the perfect summer Instagram, this is where you need to be!

Is there anything else in the area?

Underbelly is in a great location too. Whilst you’re there you can check out so many things. You are next to the London Eye and only over the river from Big Ben. There is the Southbank Centre which sometimes has exhibitions or performances on of its own. They are particularly good at holding events for the children in the summer. There are food stalls up and down the river and there is a ‘Snog’ double decker if you wish to eat frozen yogurt on top of a double decker bus overlooking the river.

What else?

There is a huge book sale too and a set of really cool bright orange benches in strange shapes (it’s an art exhibition in itself). In addition, there are always crazy buskers performing. Southbank is always full of energy and excitement. There is always lots going on and there seems to be different festivals and performances on every day. So if you head to Underbelly, make sure to wander up and down the river too. Make the most of my absolute favourite area of London.

The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

Photos courtesy of The Sun

 

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