The power of the podcast has grown immeasurably over the past couple of years, with these audible pockets of chat now an essential part of the daily commute. But if you’ve ever wondered who is behind your favourite podcast, or fancied being in on the recording, now is your chance. The London Podcast Festival is in full swing at Kings Place, Kings Cross with plenty of up-and-coming events to check out.

This is the third year of the London Podcast Festival, which is held over two consecutive weekends (5-8 and 12-15 September). It brings together some of the best broadcasting talent from the UK and US, including big names in podcasting circles – Adam Buxton, George the Poet and The Guilty Feminist – alongside a diverse range of lesser-known artists.

Read on for a few highlights during the festival’s second weekend:

Kermode On Film Live!

Join Mark Kermode’s hugely popular film podcast in a live head-to-head with YouTuber Jack Howard. The pair have widely differing opinions on everything from Pirates of the Caribbean to Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Join them for some lively and entertaining arguments about films, the universe, and everything.
13 September, 7.30pm

No Country for Young Women

Raw, audacious and unpredictable, Sadia Azmat and Monty Onanuga’s podcast discusses balancing British and ethnic identities as well as love, life and work in a white man’s world.
13 September, 9.30pm

The Fear

Comedy writer Sarah Morgan talks to fellow comedians about the things that send shivers down their spine, in a podcast which seeks to bring together comedy and horror.
15 September, 4.30pm

Griefcast

Award winning Griefcast calls itself a podcast about death … with comedians. Actor and writer Cariad Lloyd and guests explore how we grieve – from awkward funeral songs to whether there is an afterlife.
15 September, 7pm

 

If you’re thinking of setting up a podcast of your own, there are plenty of helpful sessions too, including podcasting for kids, pitching and podcasts on a shoestring, plus how to make money out of the art.
Find out more about the festival and book tickets on the Kings Place website.