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The Bath Festival

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, author Marian Keyes, historian David Olusoga and British band Public Service Broadcasting are among the stellar line-up appearing at The Bath Festival 2022 in May.

Tickets go on general release from Friday 11 March, with a dazzling array of dozens of events celebrating music and books in our beautiful city. Hear the Band of the Royal Marines School of Music as they join Bath Philharmonia for some big brass sounds at the Concert for the People of Bath, or book for one of three new themed walking tours of Bath created especially for The Bath Festival. 


Be in on many conversations between writers and thinkers as they discuss a range of big issues, from the debate about meat-eating, to the role of the BBC, the monarchy and migration and a sense of home – and it’s all LIVE!


For the first time a festival hub will be set up in Queen Square for the opening weekend of the festival, featuring food and drink traders, a stage and a marquee which will host free arts and crafts activities and provide a great place to meet friends between festival events.

At Komedia comedian Marcus Brigstocke will be joined by author and campaigner Dr Rachel Clarke, Channel 4 News journalist Symeon Brown and comedian Rachel Parris to review the news stories of the week. Listen as they tear apart the tabloids, play havoc with the headlines and blast the broadsheets. 

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For a fun night out, try Women on Top  at The Forum on 20 May. Join five furiously funny women for a festival extravaganza packed with confessions, comedy and chaos. Anna Whitehouse (Underbelly) hosts Lucy Beaumont (Drinking Custard), Isy Suttie (Jane is Trying), Jessica Jones (Own It) and Helen Thorn (Get Divorced, Be Happy). 

The Bath Festival 2022 also features appearances by Ali Smith, Brian Bilston, Martin Bell, Clover Stroud, Mark Haddon, Monica Ali, Nicholas Crane, Tracy Borman, Phil Wang, Karine Polwart with David Milligan, the Jess Gillam Ensemble, the Tallis Scholars, Sean Shibe, Torrey Peters, James Runcie, Jeremy Denk, Daisy Buchanan, Max Porter, George Monbiot, Viv Groskop, Nina Stibbe, Lucy Mangan, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stacey Halls and many more.


There’s much, much more in the full programme! Find out at:

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Would you like to be in the audience for a LIVE Bath Festival event? The lucky winner of our ticket giveaway competition can pick two tickets to the event of their choice during the festival in May.

There’s something for every taste, whether you’re into the cool dance vibe of Bristol band Snazzback, the pure sound of The Tallis Scholars, or the unique opportunities to hear first hand conversations between authors about subjects that really matter to you, whether that be family, love and loss, what makes you laugh, or cry.

The Bath Festival programme drops online on Friday 4 March. Have a look and pick an event. To be in with a chance of winning two tickets simply answer this question: Comedian and writer Isy Suttie appeared in which long-running series with David Mitchell and Robert Webb?

Send your answer, with your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: .The deadline for answers is Monday March 21 and tickets will be issued subject to availability. The prize does not include festival workshops or walks and a cash alternative is not offered.

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