More surprise guests joining JOHN CLEESE for this ONE TIME ONLY fabulous evening of Dark Humour, Dark Arts and Tabloid Confessions


More surprise guests joining JOHN CLEESE for this ONE TIME ONLY fabulous evening of Dark Humour, Dark Arts and Tabloid Confessions

*  GLENN MULCAIRE, the infamous (but reformed) phone hacker will demonstrate how he can read your mind from your phone
* DAN EVANS and GRAHAM JOHNSON will reveal their comic but horrific tabloid confessions from News of the World and the Sun on Sunday
* They will be joined (for the first time ever) by the BROADSHEET BLAGGER, the legendary Phantom of Fleet Street
* PETER STRAKER, darling of Stratford East and currently enthroned as the ACID QUEEN will startle and enthral you

BOOK NOW for one night only at Stratford East, 6pm SundayDecember 3rd



The Byline Festival Benefit Show With John Cleese and Friends - o

The Byline Festival Benefit Show With John Cleese and Friends


The Byline Festival Benefit Show With John Cleese and Friends - one night only!

John Cleese will bring his latest show, a conversation about his life and work; aided and abetted by special guests including comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, poet Salena Godden, actress Frances Barber, actress and TV Presenter Lisa Maxwell, comedienne Julia Streets, writer and comedian Jonnie Bayfield  and more to be announced!


Followed by Tabloid Confessions performed by two of the most intrepid former tabloid journalists and Byline Investigators: Graham Johnson and Dan Evans, who will lift the lid on some of the most scandalous episodes on the history of the Red Tops. With a quick reprise of the Bad Press Awards 2017, this will be a unique and memorable evening to remember.

Prepared to be entertained, shocked and inspired in a night of Byline Festival fun.

Standard Ticket - £30
Standard Ticket AND Byline Festival 2018 Ticket - £70 (select on drop-down when booking)

All profits will support the 2018 Byline Festival, a festival for independent journalism, free speech, comedy and music from 24-27 August at Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest.


Byline Festival Arrives in New York


In response to transatlantic events, the Frontline Club and Byline Festival are coming to New York to launch a US version of their unique festival for independent journalism and free speech. The event will take place at the Edition Hotel, 5 Madison Ave, New York from 6pm to late.

We will be hosting a film screening + Q&A of Mosul as our opening night on the 6th November 7pm at the Bronx Documentary Center. To book tickets for this event click here.

Both British and US journalism is suffering a perfect storm of collapsing ad revenue, the rise of weaponised fake news and a crisis of truth in the wake of the Brexit referendum and election of President Trump

As part of its continuing mission to find new ways to fund good journalism, and create more trust and interaction among journalists, other truth tellers and the public, Byline and the Frontline Club will be giving a taster of their unique festival that combines journalism, activism, comedy, music and live speech.

With a focus on the common elements between the Trump and Brexit votes, and the crisis in legitimacy that has followed, the panels will explore the role of big data and dark money in both elections,(with the pioneering British journalist Carole Cadwalldr, David Carroll, an academic who is pursuing the Trump campaign’s data collection through the British courts, and Justin Hendrix an expert in emerging technology from NYC Media Lab, and Mary Fitzgerald, editor of Open Democracy)

This will be followed by a panel on the ‘Deep State’ (with Reprieve,  Anthony Barnett and Mark Ambinder)  to discuss how both corporate and state data capture defy both British and US laws of privacy and journalistic privilege. Will another deep state, the constitution and the first and fourth amendments, come to our rescue?

Tickets booked give you access to both days of events.


Tuesday 7th November

6pm – welcome drinks

6.30pm-7.30pm – Opening Panel -The New Information Wars: Panel on Cambridge Analytica, secret funding and weaponised propaganda on social media during Brexit and Trump elections.

7.35 – 45 Intermission between panels – Introduction to Pictures of Mosul by the War Zone Freelance Project

7.45-8.35- Deep State: do our fears of government surveillance pale into insignificance compared with what Google, Facebook and Apple know about us? 

8.35 till late – Drinks Reception and informal talks

8.50 Introductory remarks- Harry Evans
9.00 Red Mist: A Russian Journal Retold. Former Moscow Correspondent Julius Strauss & Magnum Photos President Thomas Dworzak talk about their trip to the former Soviet Union in the footsteps of John Steinbeck and Robert Capa, the glitzy new image Russia is trying to project, and a looming clash between East and West.

9.30pm Poetry set from award winning poet Salena Godden
9.40pm Short Comedy set from Hardeep Singh Kohli


** speakers will be added or are liable to change prior to event**