Big Comedy UK run by husband and wife team Bren and Val Riley, the people behind the annual Southport Comedy Festival, have been awarded the contract to run the Salt & Tar Comedy Weekender for the next three years.
Salt & Tar is a new multi-use, outdoor events venue, located in Bootle directly behind the Strand Shopping Centre.
Salt & Tar is Sefton’s newest hub for large-scale and community events. Their events program for 2024 offers a wide range of entertainment from comedy to music to street food events.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural comedy weekender Big Comedy UK are delighted to be working with Sefton Council on this exciting project.
Hundreds of visitors came to Salt & Tar last year to enjoy watching some of the UK’s top performers. They included Liverpool’s very own comedian and TV star Chris McCausland, king of live comedy Irish funnyman Jason Byrne and stars of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo Jo Caulfield and Scott Bennett.
Big Comedy UK is now in the process of securing the stars for this year’s Salt & Tar Big Comedy Weekender which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, 24th to Sunday, 26th May 2024.
Bren Riley of Big Comedy UK said:
“We are really excited to have been awarded the contract to organise the Comedy Weekender in Bootle for the next three years.
“Last year was the first time the event happened and it was an amazing success. It was a really special atmosphere.
“We hosted some superb acts, and it was fantastic to see so many people from Bootle, and beyond, having such a great time.
“Salt & Tar is a brilliant new events space with so much potential, which is really putting Bootle on the map.
“It is all about establishing Salt & Tar. When Camp & Furnace first opened in Liverpool people were asking ‘what is it?’ but it’s iconic now. That same situation applies to Salt & Tar now, and this shows just what is possible.
“It is all about establishing the site as a brand new events space, somewhere local people can become really proud of.
“We are looking forward to revealing this year’s headline acts in the coming weeks.
“As well as the big names, we will also have our Family Fun Days returning again this year, along with a very special event that local people can get involved with – we’ll reveal more on that soon.
“Please keep an eye out on the Salt and Tar website www.saltandtarbootle.com along with our Big Comedy UK social media pages for some big announcements on this year’s performers.”
Big Comedy UK has been shortlisted in the 2024 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards, which take place on Thursday 7th March 2024.
Last year Big Comedy UK won the Sefton Business In The Community Awards in the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards.