I’m going to begin this post with a disclaimer,
this will not be a standard event review.
I’m a huge fan of Skip to the End, and have been for so long, that I can’t quite pinpoint when I started listening! so much so that here in 2019 my annual Movie Challenge here on the blog is based on just one of many features on the podcast. So who/what is Skip to the End? There’s something refreshingly different about this particular movie podcast (and I’ve listened to a fair few over the last few years) and it’s of no surprise to me that Skip to the End, and hosts Mark, Ben and Gemma, have managed to produce something more than just a fun fortnightly movie pod, with listeners exceeding 10.8 million . It’s a twice monthly riot, of in-jokes, laugh out loud moments, genuine friendship, and of course reviews, games, recommendations and more! All this and the fact is clear to all listeners, they are three friends, passionate about films (some rather questionable!) Spending time talking about what they love. It’s an honest, uncensored podcast, that doesn’t care for a cliched critical outlook. And with this attitude, they have brought together people from all over the place, and in doing so created a pocket fandom, complete with fan-nickname: The SkipFam.
To celebrate five years of the podcasts run, in a bar in Leicester this past weekend, I was delighted to attend, and be part of, the first (and I sincerely hope not the last) live show, SkipFest! Hosted by the utterly lovely Graham, aka youtube’s Jaws 19 Show (also highly recommended, for movie related goodness, including a regular live quiz night!) SkipFest opened with a bang, and continued throughout! Also a huge shoutout goes to occasional Skip to the End guest Benny, who had us laughing from the outset.Featuring many of the Skip to the End features, new and old, live on stage, Gemma, Ben and Mark produced an incredible show that was a fantastic blend of familiarity and a live show twist. Q&A’s, games and more, involving a perfect amount of audience participation, while still managing to maintain the intimacy the podcast usually has, while including everyone; not to mention in an ever present show of the generosity everyone who listens will be familiar with, not one person present left the venue empty handed.The event location, upstairs in Leicester’s Firebug, was perfectly altered post-show, to an incredible meeting of fans, friends and hosts alike, this of course meant the SkipFam present, could all meet, drink, and party early into the morning (and they did!) and friendships that have formed over the years online led to some amazing real-life moments. I’m certain that I am not the only person there that feels sorry to see the weekend over. I said earlier in this post, that I hope the event is not the last, I mean this on many levels, not least because after the success of this past Saturday, Ben, Gemma and Mark deserve nothing less than for it to happen again.
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