Greenbelt Festival Announces Frank Skinner
GREENBELT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FRANK SKINNER 'IN CONVERSATION' FOR SATURDAY'S BIG TOP STAGE
Robin Ince, James Acaster, and James Sherwood also confirmed for the diverse and exciting comedy line-up
Frank Skinner, one of the UK's most successful comedians, has been confirmed as the latest addition to the Greenbelt Festival line-up. Already boasting one of the most diverse and culturally enriched line-ups of any UK arts festival, Greenbelt Festival will enjoy its 39th year this year and will once again take place in the salubrious setting of Cheltenham Racecourse.
Taking place from the 24th - 27th August 2012, Greenbelt Festival is one of the most celebrated arts festivals in the UK. Boasting a line-up that includes music, spoken word, theatre and comedy, Greenbelt continues to champion values that are oft-overlooked in modern society, such as justice, tolerance and equality. As a registered charity, Greenbelt Festival will once again be raising money for a host of charities and good causes across the weekend.
Tickets are on sale now and can be bought from the official festival website.
Comedy legend Frank Skinner has been a vital part of the British comedy scene for the past twenty years. He won the Perrier Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Fringe, and went on to appear with his then flatmate David Baddiel on Fantasy Football League and Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned, as well as his own, hugely popular chat show The Frank Skinner Show on BBC One and ITV.
He now presents two BBC2 comedy shows - Frank Skinner's Opinionated and Room 101 - as well as the Absolute Radio Saturday Breakfast show, the podcast of which was downloaded 10.1m times in 2011, making it the most successful commercial radio podcast of all time. He has written three books - his 2002 autobiography Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner, his 2007 book Frank Skinner On The Road, about returning to live standup and a collection of his regular columns for The Times newspaper, Dispatches from the Sofa, which was published in 2011.
Frank is a practising Catholic, and has written extensively about his faith, as well as hosting an In Conversation event with the Archbishop of Canterbury. As the title of his TV show suggests, Frank is opinionated - with considered views on subjects as varied as George Formby, the credit crunch, Elvis, sex, the new atheism, fatherhood and his beloved West Bromwich Albion.
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“No matter who you are or where you come from or what you believe in, if you’re open-minded and care about the arts, or think for yourself and forge your own opinions, you’ll be at home in this place.” Artrocker
“Britain’s greatest festival... The content, the opportunities to be challenged, affirmed, welcomed and angered as well as entertained and introduced to new things... it’s enough to make me nostalgic the day after it finishes.” The Huffington Post
“I believe in dialogue, and that’s what Greenbelt is all about.” Peter Tatchell
"Have to say, Greenbelt totally surprised me... after Glastonbury, my favourite festival this year.” Mark Thomas
“I was deeply impressed by the mood and spirit of the festival. Most people were Christians and almost all had some religious faith but there was absolutely no dogmatism. Everyone was welcome and there was a shared spirit of belief in justice and caring.” Clare Short
“People here are very questioning, not merely of other people, but of their own thoughts and beliefs too. It’s a very thoughtful festival." Robin Ince
“Greenbelt was an eye opening experience. Here was a Christian festival where I was made to feel welcome and included. Here were people, like me, committed to a better world, where poverty and injustice were no more and who were prepared to put their faith into action.” Mohammad Imran