Bank Holiday comedy returns to Machynlleth

Josh Widdicombe doing a comedy show in a sweet shop in Machynlleth.
Josh Widdicombe doing a comedy show in a sweet shop in Machynlleth.

An ancient Mid Wales market town will be full of the sound of laughter for the Bank Holiday weekend when Machynlleth Comedy Festival kicks off for the sixth year on Friday, May 1, with more venues and acts than ever before.


Tickets have been selling faster than ever and festival organiser Henry Widdicombe said: “It’s such a privilege to be back in the incredible town of Machynlleth for our sixth year. It really does feel quite unbelievable! I’ve been contacted by loads of the acts to say how excited they are about returning to this wonderful part of the world.”


Tickets are now available from the festival website – – and the box office for the weekend will be in the Owain Glyndwr Centre. Anyone wanting specific tickets are being urged to snap them up from the website before the weekend.


The line-up of comedians at this year’s festival includes Josh Widdicombe, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Liam Williams, James Acaster, Ellis James, Lolly Adefope and Suzi Ruffell to name but a few.


One of the more unusual new venues is a caravan holiday home at the town’s caravan dealership, Salop Leisure.


From May 1-3, the town will be filled with laughter, events and family fun. The festival will bring not only comedy but a free programme of music on the lawn of Y Plas and more shows and activities for children than ever before.


“This year I’m so pleased with the family element of the festival,” said Henry. “We’ve got the wonderful Arty Monkey Creative Academy, who will be looking for monster designers, treasure hunters and families looking to have fun together.


“We’re also really pleased to be raising money for Machynlleth Community Children’s Project with the very special ‘Machanory’ storytime. We love bringing acts from all over the UK to this fantastic town and they love coming here. It’s become a special place to those that make the annual pilgrimage.”


For more news about the festival and to buy tickets visit or get up to date news by following @machcomedyfest on Twitter.