Underbelly Festival

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Underbelly Festival
Underbelly Festival

Southbank's festival of circus and cabaret is back with a shiny new name and an even shinier new line-up

Southbank's biggest summer festivals, London Wonderground and Udderbelly, are teaming up for a second year to stage Underbelly Festival. In specially built tents on Southbank, Underbelly Festival hosts a bustling line-up of the four Cs: cabaret, circus, comedy and children's theatre.

Underbelly Festival's 2018 line-up includes sets from top comedians Sarah Pascoe, Ruby Wax and Stephen K. Amos, a host of spectacular international circus shows, cabaret including Lolo Brow and House of Burlesque, plus tons of inventive shows to keep kids busy. Not to mention the food and drink stalls and fairground rides that make Underbelly Festival a one-stop-shop for outdoor fun, all summer long.



Venue name: Underbelly Festival
Address: Belvedere Road
Transport: Tube: Waterloo, Lambeth North
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  • Stand-up Wednesday March 28 2018 - Wednesday May 30 2018
  • Improv Saturday March 31 2018 - Tuesday May 8 2018
  • Theatre Tuesday April 3 2018 - Monday May 7 2018
  • Musical Wednesday April 4 2018 - Thursday July 5 2018
  • Circuses Friday April 6 2018 - Sunday May 20 2018
  • Cabaret and burlesque Friday April 13 2018 - Friday April 20 2018
  • Monday April 16 2018 - Friday June 1 2018
  • Stand-up Wednesday April 25 2018
  • Cabaret and burlesque Saturday April 28 2018
  • Sketch shows Wednesday May 2 2018 - Friday May 18 2018
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I just about made it to the last day of Underbelly at the Southbank, unfortunately I missed the shows that were on offer but even without watching something it is a great place to just sit and hang out! A nice atmosphere away from all the crowds around by London eye. Nicely decorated with colourful lanterns and giant flowers. I will definitely be on the look out for when it returns next year.


If you're looking for a free festival vibe, with the option of lots of events to go to - this is the place!

Alas, it ends for another year and again I'm left thinking why it can't just be a permanent feature all year around- it's just convenient!!

It's a great place just to sit and take it all in- especially on a sunny day with friends, the drinks are expensive (I mean, the location has a lot to do with that) but the music and the buzz feels exactly what a festival should do!

The theatre space was great this year, and I loved taking a seat in the dodgem cars!

Can't wait for next summer for it to come back around!


Every year I look forward to underbelly being back and this year has not disappointed. There are so many different shows to see and underbelly has the best of them, set in a good location right near the south bank. It is a great place to have a drink too before or after a show (or even instead of a show).


The perfect go to on a sunny evening. Literally a stone’s throw away from the River Thames on London Southbank, underneath the London eye, lays a hidden enchanted garden of cocktail bars, hot dog stands and pan cakes trucks! To top this off, there is an enormous inflatable cow encasing a small arena where wacky shows are put on daily. Although there is no happy hour, the cocktail selection is extensive and have something to suit everyone’s taste! The garden itself is made up of colourful wooden benches and deck chairs, with the brightly coloured props and pretty fairy lights really adding to the relaxed, chic feel and sparkling atmosphere. A perfect place for a chilled cocktail on a summers evening!


I love the atmosphere of Southbank especially when Underbelly is on. Music, theatre, comedy and much more! There are so many high-class shows at the festival it was hard to choose which to go to. House of Burlesque was phenomenal- their 2.0 show was just as lively and well choreographed as the last. Fantastic choice of costumes and music which also shared strong political statements. The vibe on South bank is buzzing! 


This festival is around every year and it’s a brilliant sun trap during hot summer days. Conveniently located close to Waterloo Station, Southbank is so accessible and always buzzing with people, from day to evening. Even if you are not planning on seeing anything at Underbelly, there are pizza, crepe, hot dog, burger stalls and bars here and it’s a great area to go with friends for a few drinks and we always manage to find an area for ourselves! I always use it as stop off point whenever I am walking around London, it’s very close to the Golden Jubilee Bridge which has amazing views and connects you to the other popular central areas.


Recently caught a performance of Casus: Driftwood at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. I've been to the festival for years, and each year it just gets better and better. A great place to pop along to when you want to do something fun and different after work. The performances are mostly guaranteed to be a great mix of fun, eclectic and captivating. I've never been disappointed so far!


We're spoilt for choice in London when it comes to our "piazzas" but there's something so quaintly charming about Underbelly that just makes you damn proud to be a Londoner. I didn't even go to see a ticketed show, just to meet friends for a drink and food, but from the moment of stepping into the enchanted forest welcome, to emerging in the pop-up's central square decorated with a vast array of food vendors and bars, it left a warm feeling in my heart to be amongst my people doing what Londoners do best. From the folks there to see a show, to the after-work drinkers, Underbelly is able to transport the mundane of everyday, and give you a break to let your hair down