After the success of our first podcast surgery at ShoutOut Live! The Festival in August, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run another one; this time at London Podcast Festival.
Now in its second year, the five day festival featured some of the UK’s biggest podcasts such as The Adam Buxton Podcast, The Allusionist, The Football Ramble and The Beef and Dairy Network podcast. It also saw the UK debut of Radiotopia’s hit Criminal.
A new addition for this year was the ‘Podcast Maker Weekend’, with a programme of workshops on everything from mics and post production to investigative journalism. It made sense for us to be part of this weekend given the nature of our surgery, so we set up shop on the Saturday.
We were allocated a great spot by the event organisers, allowing us to catch a lot of the foot traffic as people walked between shows. The best part about having the ears of so many people, was getting the chance to showcase what we do, and watching the reactions to it. Nothing stopped folks in their tracks quite like hearing “My name is Cherlene Wilson and I haven’t had sex for 10 years”.
We managed to speak to a lot of interesting people over the course of the day, with quite a few podcasters and fans from the US in the house. Here are some of the ones that stood out
Charles Gustine is an American living in London, and uses each episode to explore something that is considered iconic in the UK, be it a film, a place or an event in history.
This podcast offers a quirky outside perspective on Brit culture, which is one of the things we liked most about it
The Gender Knot
Nastaran Tavakoli-Far or ‘Nas’, tackles a new gender issue in each episode, and has covered clothing, emotions in leadership and workplace sexism to name just a few, so far. What’s great about this podcast is that it’s not ‘preachy’, and is an easy listen for anyone wishing to just learn more about gender in general and not be overwhelmed
The First Pancake
The first pancake in a batch is never perfect. It is often misshapen, and may even stick to the pan and not flip right. It’s considered the ‘failure’ of the batch, which is why ‘The First Pancake’ is a pretty genius name for a podcast about embracing failure. Each episode, we hear from someone who has come back stronger after an initial setback, proof that the first pancake being bad needn’t determine the destiny of the whole batch.
The fact that this was our second podcast festival in as many months, is a testament to what the landscape is looking like right now in the UK; people are really starting to invest in the medium.
For us, just being seen at London Podcast Festival was important for many reasons. And by showcasing content covering celibacy, the dark web and bursts of afrobeats, we made sure we were heard too.