Leicester Comedy Festival has announced a 22% year-on-year increase in ticket sales in 2017, with the event generating £3million for the local economy.

With more than 800 events having taken place over 62 venues, 80,000 tickets were sold by the main festival box office and 35,000 people attended free events. Around a third of those attending travelled to the festival from across the UK, helping generate such an enormous sum for Leicestershire’s economy.

2017 also set a record for the most Sold Out events including: Adam Buxton, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr, Sue Perkins, Stewart Lee and Ken Dodd.

Geoff Rowe, Founder and Director of Leicester Comedy Festival, said: “Leicester Comedy Festival 2017 has surpassed all expectations to become the most successful of our 24 year history. I am very grateful to all the people who make the festival possible; the festival team, the performers, our venues and the audiences who often travel from around the UK. We’ve had a fantastic year and will now get some sleep before we start planning for our 25th festival in 2018.”

Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 will take place from the 7-25 February.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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