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Andover’s first-ever comedy festival, coming this July

Edinburgh is 397.5 miles from Andover. So, The Lights is bringing Edinburgh Comedy Festival Previews to the heart of Hampshire in July. No long distances and no hotel required.

For the first time in its history, The Lights will be holding a week of stand-up comedy, showcasing some of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival acts that will be performing in at the comedy arts festival this August. It’s also the first time a comedy festival has been held in Andover. “Before The Fringe Fest” is being held from Monday, 8 July until Friday, 12 July.

With ten comedians across five nights, the Andover venue will be host to names including Glenn Moore, Chloe Petts, Garrett Millerick, Rob Auton, Sara Barron, Josh Weller and more. It’s going to be an eventful week at the local venue, with food offerings from local vendor trucks Peppones Street Food, Trash Panda Pizza and more as well as live music on selected nights. Doors will be open earlier than usual, meaning audiences can finish work and head straight to the venue, grab a drink, grab a bite and then sit back, relax and enjoy a night of live comedy.

The festival will be held in The Lights arena, which has played host to comedy clubs and live nights over the years. With a plethora of comedy coming up in 2024 at the venue, including Rob Beckett, Miles Jupp, Omid Djalili, Ria Lina, and Richard Herring to name but a few, there is a rich history of big names performing on the Andover stage since 2006. Of which, many have gone on to be huge stars on stage and screen.

The “Before The Fringe Fest” is an opportunity to see some comedians who have already shone on TV, and some who will be stars in the future, with Chloe Petts, Sara Barron, and Glenn Moore who are recognisable from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo, House of Games, and Mock The Week.

Give yourself a giggle this July and book in to Andover’s first ever comedy festival.

Full lineups are available on the venue website. Tickets are available for £14 per night. Tickets are now on sale at The Lights Box Office and on the Shows page. or at the Box Office: 01264 368368.