Perfect Podcasting with Adam Buxton and George the Poet at the London Podcast Festival
As any podcast fan well knows the London Podcast Festival is a staple in the festival calendar offering a host of incredible British and international podcast talent live for you to experience in the stunning location of Kings Place London.
Over the course of two amazing weekends, this year’s festival runs between September 6-8 and 12-15 offering over more than 50 live recordings and panel discussions with a range of talented podcasters from around the world. Some of the notable highlights of the 2019 fest included Griefcast, The Guilty Podcast, Nobody Panic, The Complete Guide to Everything and many more. But we were especially intrigued to catch up on the legendary Adam Buxton’s Podcast Live.
This year Adam was booked to interview Sara Barron and George the Poet. We were lucky enough to be able to attend the latter’s event and so on a balmy Friday evening, we set off to the dizzying space of Kings Place to get acquainted with one of London’s most exciting, new poets.
It should be said Kings Place is an incredible venue to host the festival. There’s over seven office floors along with a ground-floor restaurant-bar accompanied with a 415 seat main hall which we’re told has wood carved from a single 500-year old oak tree! The effect is incredible and the acoustics in the main hall make for ideal podcast listening. Adam as ever is on top form, incorporating many parts of his legendary podcast including a rousing chorus of his theme tune ‘Ramble Chat’ and discussing hot topics from his daily life such as walking his dog and arguing with Cambridge station attendants. It’s also great to see Adam reference George’s podcast and particularly of interest to hear about the technical side which goes on behind the scenes.
George the Poet is an ideal guest, especially as his career is still very much on the rise. After the release of his book Search Party, George has been championed by Radio 1, BRITs Critic’s Choice Award-nominated and been a BBC Soundpoll shortlisted artist set to release his debut album via Island Records later this year. George extensively discusses his early life following the trials and tribulations of growing up on a London estate and how that’s shaped and influenced his own work initially as a rapper and later as a poet. We’re also treated to a live performance of one of George’s poems which leaves the audience spellbound. It’s a fascinating insight into a poet who’s work has quickly gained momentum over recent years resulting with an incredibly busy schedule of live dates set from this year into the next. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the young rapper.
As a brief look at the London Podcast Festival, we absolutely loved experiencing the Adam Buxton Podcast live. The venue is remarkable and the list of performances simply second to none. We highly recommend you keep an eye out for next year’s performances at https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/