The Podcast Show reveals initial speaker line-up for this year’s event

Speakers include Elizabeth Day, RedHanded, GK Barry and more

Credit - Luke Dyson

The first speakers to join The Podcast Show’s lineup for this year have been announced, ahead of the event taking place this spring. 

The annual international festival, which celebrates the art and business of podcasting, is set to take place from 22 to 23 May this year at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington. The event brings together industry heads and creators from across the world to share knowledge and expertise. 

Speakers that have been confirmed already include RedHanded’s Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala, who won the Listener’s Choice Award last year at the British Podcast Awards for the third consecutive year; How To Fail’s Elizabeth Day, who recently launched the 20th season of the show under its new partnership with Sony Music Entertainment; and GK Barry, viral TikTok star and host of The Fellas Studios’ popular video podcast Saving Grace

In addition to high-profile talents, a number of podcast companies and industry professionals will be hosting sessions on stage including Unedited founder Bernard Achampong, Acast CEO Ross Adams and  Bauer Media’s chief creative officer of podcasts and commercial content, Lucie Cave. This year will also welcome new-joiners including BIPOC Podcast Creators’ co-founder Tangia Al-awaji Estrada and How To Win An Election’s Matt Chorley. 

‘First Release’ discounted passes are currently on sale from now until 26 February, ranging from day passes at £49 – with benefits including access to all sessions and exhibitor activations – to pro access day passes at £69 for one day or £125 for two days, which include additional access to industry lounges and booking delegate meeting tables.

There’s also an additional executive access option at £195 which includes a number of other benefits, such as an invitation to the official show afterparty, an invitation to the 'Leaders in Podcasts' Networking Breakfasts, pre-sale access to Podcast Show LIVE evening shows and more. 

According to The Podcast Show website, over 450 speakers are expected to make an appearance at this year’s event across over 130 panels and sessions taking place over the course of two days. Last year’s festival also included a preview night which featured a keynote session with members of the International Industry Advisory Panel, as well as an additional live podcast festival running throughout the rest of the week. 

Key themes that were discussed last year included AI, video, subscriptions and more, highlighted in sessions from expert speakers including AI company Veritone’s senior vice president Sean King, podcast platform Glassbox Media’s CEO David Segura, Stak co-owner and creative director Pete Donaldson and more.